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Posted: Thu 09/06/2012 12:00 AM
They're no-nonsense words of wisdom that will awaken you in this moment. Read these thought-provoking quotes from Oprah's two-part conversation with spiritual teacher Iyanla Vanzant.
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Oprah and Iyanla's conversation continues at 11 a.m. ET/PT this Sunday on OWN, Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV and Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
Posted: Mon 09/03/2012 12:00 AM
Her no-nonsense advice has reached audiences around the world but many don’t know her story. Now, Iyanla Vanzant is opening up about how she found peace among the broken pieces of her life. Watch a sneak peek today.
Watch their complete interview Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN. You can also watch from anywhere in the world on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday.
Posted: Thu 08/30/2012 08:00 AM
In a recent conversation for "Super Soul Sunday," when Oprah described to me how so often in her conversations and interviews people said to her how they just wanted to be happy, I found myself responding, "I think they want to be loved."
All of us want, or need, to be loved. The need for love is one of the most basic human impulses. We may cover this need with patterns of self-protection or images of self-reliance. Or we may openly acknowledge this need to ourselves or others. But it is always present, whether hidden or visible. Usually, we seek love in human relationships, projecting our need onto parents, partners, friends or lovers. Our lack or denial of love often causes wounds that we carry with us. This unmet need haunts us, sometimes driving us into addictions or other self-destructive patterns. If our need for love is met, we feel nourished in the depths of our beings.
Love calls to us in many different ways. Yet while most people seek for love in the tangle of human relationships, the mystic is drawn deeper under the surface—in Rumi's words, "Return to the root of the root of your own being." And here we discover one of the greatest human secrets—that the source and answer to this primal need is not separate from us, but part of our own essential nature, our own true being. Again, to quote Rumi:
The minute I heard my first love story,The mystical truth of the oneness of love is something both simple and essential: The real nature of the love that we all seek is not other than us. I remember my first direct experience of this love. I was in my late 20s when one afternoon while I was in meditation I felt what I can only describe as butterfly wings touching the edge of my heart. And in that instant, my whole being and body were filled with a love I had hardly known existed. Every cell of my body was loved, gently and completely. Love was present in all of me. And this love came from within me, from my own heart. There was no other.
Posted: Mon 08/27/2012 12:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah sits beneath the oaks of her California home with author and Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee to talk about love and the source of true happiness. Watch a sneak peek of his interview with Oprah.
Oprah's interview with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee airs Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN. You can also watch our simulcast anywhere from the world on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWN or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday!
Posted: Sun 08/26/2012 03:00 PM
Beasts of the Southern Wild is a small movie with a big impact. The film follows a dying father trying to prepare his 6-year-old daughter, Hushpuppy, for life without him in their islaoted bayou community. When a storm turns her world upside down, Hushpuppy faces unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions head-on. Starring regular people with no previous acting experience and produced on a small budget, the film was a true labor of love for director Benh Zeitlin.
Oprah says she first heard about the movie from President Barack Obama. "I was interviewing the President for an interview that's going to be upcoming in O magazine. And as I sat down putting on my microphone, he said, 'Have you seen this movie Beasts of the Southern Wild?" Oprah says. "I'd never heard the phrase, so I didn't even know what he was talking about."
After hearing about the film from about a dozen other people, Oprah says she watched it herself. "All I can tell you is that I've never seen anything like it. Anybody who knows me knows that when I see something or read something or find something that I love, I just want to tell everybody possible," she says. "Beasts of the Southern Wild is emotional. It is spiritual. It is magical realism brought to the screen. It is truly a work of art. I was so inspired by this movie on a profound level. It's everything we talk about on 'Super Soul Sunday.'"
Now, for the first time on "Super Soul Sunday", Oprah sits down with the director and the cast of a movie. Watch parts of her conversation with director Benh Zeitlin, actor Dwight Henry and actress Quvenzhanée Wallis below.
Watch as Benh explains why he relates to the Hushpuppy character, what his intention behind the film is and why he believes we are all small pieces of a big, big universe:
Dwight, who plays Wink in the film, was discovered after producers took a liking to the donuts he serves in his New Orleans bakery. Watch as he opens up about how he went from baker to leading man:
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