Why Richard Rohr Doesn't Follow Hard Rules in His Morning Ritual

Season 5 Episode 523
Aired on 02/08/2015 | CC tv-14
For more than 40 years, renowned author and theologian Father Richard Rohr has taught seekers around the globe, sharing his timeless wisdom with countless souls. So, it might come as a surprise that there's a particular area of his life where he says "cheating" is completely okay.

Each morning, Father Richard tells Oprah, he sits in silent contemplation (meditation, some might call it) for 20 minutes. However, that length of time isn't a steadfast rule he follows. "I need to stay there as long as it takes for me to get to the moment of rest," Father Richard says. "So, some days, I have to sit longer than 20 minutes. Some days, I cheat; I can get there in two minutes. It's okay!"

The length of time isn't important, Father Rohr has learned. In the video above, he also reflects on what makes him happiest in the world. Plus, Oprah reveals a favorite morning ritual of her own—one that she used to dismiss but has now grown to love.

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