Both Lifeclass shows — and this is true of the whole series — contain thought-provoking, life-changing sparks of inspiration. As Oprah pointed out during Deepak’s show, to her, spirituality is not about traditional faith or religion but about “living your life with an open heart through love”. You can watch the Deepak Chopra Lifeclass episode on OWN on April 23 (if you are not sure where to find OWN, use the channel finder) and the Tony Robbins Lifeclass show which has already aired on OWN live can be viewed online. It is certainly refreshing and hopeful to see meaningful television that is aimed at uplifting and inspiring people to, quoting Oprah, “live your best life”. I, like many others, wholeheartedly support, appreciate and thank Oprah for launchingand nurturing OWN, creating visionary television like Lifeclass, being a role model, and for all the humanitarian work she does in the world. If I had had a chance to meet her in person that day, I would have given her a big hug.
Here are some of my notes I took during the Lifeclass tapings:
“Don’t get confused between what people say you are and who you know you are.”
“The stories you tell yourself can make or break you — no matter who you are.”
“You can step out of your history and the past and write a new story for yourself.”
“Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”
“You don’t become what you wish for, you become what you believe.”
“There is no life without a spiritual life.”
“We are all spiritual beings having a human experience.”
“We are all telling ourselves stories. The question is ‘does your story empower you or hold you back’?
“You can’t have real courage unless there is something you are really afraid of.”
“The only solution to fear is massive action.”
“You can’t wait for the perfect situation. You’ve got to get out there and discover your passion.”
“When you focus on serving, there is no fear in you.”
“To break through you need: 1) A strategy, a ‘how to’ 2) The right story 3) A different state of mind. Your state determines your story.”
“Love is the oxygen of the soul.”
“Spirituality is a journey into self awareness.”
“Everybody does the best they can from the state of spiritual awareness they are in.”
“Our great option is to choose love rather than to choose fear and shut down.”
“Your personal transformation is the future of the transformation of the world.”
“The worst thing you can say about another contains some truth about yourself.”
“Whatever you are struggling with is a reminder for you to find true purpose in your lifetime.”
“You are a spark of divine consciousness.”
This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post.
Watch “Oprah’s Lifeclass: the Tour” on Monday nights at 8pm EST/7pm CST on OWN. Follow the show online at Oprah.com and see the coursework that corresponds to each episode’s theme. Join the “Lifeclass” conversation online on Twitter @OprahsLifeclass and using #lifeclass.
Marianne Schnall is a widely published writer and interviewer whose writings and interviews have appeared in a variety of media outlets. She is also the co-founder and executive director ofthe women’s website and non-profit organization Feminist.com, as well as the co-founder of the environmental site EcoMall.com. Her new book, based on her interviews with a variety of well-known women, is titled Daring to Be Ourselves: Influential Women Share Insights on Courage, Happiness and Finding Your Own Voice.