Super Soul Sunday
Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT
Posted: Fri 05/24/2013 12:00 AM
Rounding out Oprah's panel for The Bigger Picture this Sunday is Mark Nepo. Tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN or on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday for Mark's take on what we should really be paying attention to on the news. Before then, use Mark's profound teachings to learn about how to truly begin to know yourself and your place in the world.
About Mark Nepo
Mark Nepo is a philosopher, poet, teacher and cancer survivor. He is the author of 13 books and 8 audio projects and has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than 35 years.
The One Conversation
Mark says being who you truly are is a necessary adventure that can unlock everything about yourself.
Learn more about the one conversation every person needs to have >>
Find Your Calling
As part of her morning ritual of meditation and prayer, Oprah reads Mark's Book of Awakening. Here, she shares a lesson she learned about honoring your calling.
Read Oprah's reflections >>
Because part of Oprah's morning ritual is reading Mark's Book of Awakening, we asked him to explain how imperative it is to find the vitality that brings us all alive.
How to discover your deepest-held belief >>
Who Are You?
Mark says the practice of being human is the practice of coming awake, staying awake and returning to wakefulness when we go to sleep.
Find out how to get back to who you really are >>
The Power of Listening
It's a simple act that Mark says is the first step to peace. Listening, he says, can stitch the world together and open the door to everything that matters.
Start listening to your life today >>
The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
It's a book Oprah loves so much, she made it one of her favorite things in 2010!
Watch as Oprah reads one of her favorite passages >>
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo
Mark's new book, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, is now available from Simon & Schuster in hardcover and as an audiobook and download.
Posted: Thu 05/23/2013 12:00 AM
Elizabeth is the co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute, the largest adult education center in the United States focusing on health, wellness, spirituality and creativity. For more than 30 years, Elizabeth has studied and worked with leading figures in the fields of healing, spiritual development and cultural change. Her work at Omega has included co-directing the organization, curriculum research, conference weaving, teaching and writing the yearly Omega catalog, a reference book that describes the work of some of the most eminent thinkers and practitioners of our times.
Elizabeth attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. Prior to Omega, she was a midwife and birth educator. She has been active in local environmental issues for many years in New York's Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband. She is the mother of three sons.
5 Life-Changing Lessons from Elizabeth Lesser
We're all on a spiritual journey of some kind, but walking the spiritual path can be a tricky adventure. Wondering if you're off track? Elizabeth has you covered.
10 signs you're on a path of progress >>
The great Tibetan meditation teacher, Chogyam Trunpa, wrote that we are often "deceiving ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques." He called this kind of self-deception spiritual materialism.
Elizabeth breaks down 10 signs to watch for on your spiritual journey >>
In a world of unlimited possibilities, how do you know when to stop? When is enough really enough?
The five questions to ask yourself when it all seems like too much. >>
Even when our lives seem to be crumbling around us, Elizabeth says there's one secret to remember when times get tough.
Why we are never alone >>
Growing up, Elizabeth was devoted to her dolls. As a parent, however, she's learned that such excessive giving isn't always the best for her children.
How to love your children with all your might and still raise a good kid >>
The Seeker's Guide by Elizabeth Lesser
Elizabeth says we're witnessing a new spirituality that is uniquely American.
Read her lists of "new" vs. "old" spirituality >>
Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser
Elizabeth says when you parent, you fall in love with someone who is always changing into someone else, and whom you know will leave you. Yet most parents will say that they have never given themselves to anyone as fully as they have to their children.
Read an excerpt >>
Posted: Wed 05/22/2013 12:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah and three of her favorite thinkers—the Rev. Ed Bacon, Elizabeth Lesser and Mark Nepo—are taking a look at our world and current events through a different lens. It's a special we're calling "The Big Picture". Today, get to know the Rev. Ed Bacon!
About "Rev. Ed"
The Rev. Ed Bacon is the rector—or "chief spiritual officer"—of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, a congregation actively engaged in issues such as resistance to war, ending the death penalty and supporting equal rights for gays and lesbians. A passionate advocate for peace and justice, the Rev. Ed's energies focus on leadership in anxious times, peacemaking, interfaith relations, articulating the Christian faith in nonbigoted ways and integrating family, faith and work systems.
The Rev. Ed's Teachable Moments
How to Forgive
When you learn how to forgive, the Rev. Ed says you will know a new degree of freedom, power, energy and even find a new future.
Coping with Conflict
Criticism isn't always easy to take, but the Rev. Ed says how you handle it can be an important step in learning how to relate to others.
Finding Grace in Uncertain Times
The Rev Ed. says fear often obscures our ability to identify grace in our lives, especially during times of unrest. Learn how to recognize it when times get tough.
The Life-Saving Power of Hope
It's the Rev. Ed's favorite story of hope. Find out what happens when a retired schoolteacher volunteers to teach young children at a local hospital.
Staying True in Even the Most Chaotic of Times
We've all lost touch with our better nature at times, particularly when life gets challenging. Find out the one thing you can do to always reconnect with your true inner voice.
8 Habits of Love by the Rev. Ed Bacon
The Rev. Ed says it's taken him a lifetime to learn that embracing love and practicing love is the greatest responsibility we will ever have.