Sunday, October 30, 2011

Join Oprah's Life Class

For the past two weeks--instead of vegging out in front of the TV watching mindless reality shows--I've tuned in at 8pm Eastern time to OWN network's Oprah Life Class. Every night, Oprah has a class theme: When you Know Better you do Better,  Listen to the Whispers,  How Pets Open our Heart, Joy Rising.

To allow her spiritual lessons to sink in deeper and help you carry them into your life, you can access a question and answer session on her website after each class. This becomes your own personal journal online. Just like school, each class builds upon the next, but you can also jump in anytime without feeling lost.

As breast cancer survivors, I believe this forum helps all of us get the tools to do what we've wanted to do since the day we got diagnosed. Many of us feel we've been given a second chance at life, so we feel compelled to get out there and make a difference.  Oprah teaches us HOW to do that every day with these classes.

This week, I walked away with three valuable lessons. First, she validated that it's okay to take in homeless pets, because they help open your heart to unconditional love. My mother constantly criticizes me because of the pet hair, the expense, etc. Oprah says it's a good thing, so now I can tune that negativity out for good.

Second, she said whenever you are feeling sorry for what you DON'T have in your life. Turn the switch and look around at what you DO have, thank God and feel gratitude. Hold that thought in the morning and carry it through the day. Just a simple shift in perspective can get you started.

From the class Joy Rising I was reminded of something I already knew: It's not the material things that make  you happy it's the experience of giving and sharing joy that make you happy. That's why as I stated in my previous blog, I love being there for all of life's major events. Share joy as much as you can. This morning, Oprah said: Make your actions be beautiful prayers. That is something to strive for on this snowy Sunday in Connecticut.

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