I was so moved by Oprah's Super Soul Sessions! To be honest, I wasn't even sure I was going until a few days before! I tried for weeks to get the $99 tickets because in my mind I was like, "I didn't know anyone who is speaking, but my girl Gabby Bernstein. I am not paying $500 if I don't know the others." Horrible, right? Just being honest! Then a few days before the event $99 "obstructed view seats" tickets popped up. By obstructed view I later found out, there was a lil old bar blocking my vision to see Oprah in the flesh and to radiate my Spirit Junkie pride. I bought my ticket immediately and arranged for my shift to be covered at my regular job. Throughout the day, I wrote in my owl journal little soundbites I heard from the various speakers that blew my mind, and I wanted to share them with you, here, on my sweet lil Angel Blog.
"You are here not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into
more of who you really are."
Guys. To see Oprah from the distance I did was crazy! I would have never dreamed I would ever see her in person. I was so close I could see her using her new red iPhone. ;) The show kicked off with Doug Manuel's Do You Speak DJEMBE? Omg, this was phenomenal!! They are a touring show of world-class African and international musicians. It is an interactive fusion of music and rhythm where each of us were able to participate and contribute to the high vibes by drumming on our own authentic African Djembe drum. The vibration of everyone in sync on their drum was magical! See the videos below!
Next up, Gary Zukav, a spiritual pioneer who is known for his book, The Seat of the Soul. He has appeared on the Oprah Show 36 times! Here's the brilliance that came out of his mouth:
"The soul is what you are. It is the very center of who you are. Your soul will never die."
"When the personality comes to serve fully the energy of it's soul, that is authentic power. And, that is why you were born."
"If you have no compassion for those who don't have compassion what is the difference between you and them?"
Then, Glennon Doyle Melton. She was a little bundle of firecrackers radiating in all her glory! Glennon is a New York Times #1 best selling author of The Love Warrior.She is a recovering alcoholic and bulimic. She is an activist, mom, and founder of the online community, www.Momastery.com. Here is what she had to say:
"You can not love or claim anything you are ashamed of."
"Heartbreak is the biggest clue of our lives."
"There is no glory except right through your story."
Next up, Wes Moore. Wes served as a paratrooper in the United States Army and was a White House fellow for the State Department. He is a New York Times Best Selling Author of The Other Wes Moore. Here are his sound bites:
"We are not products of our own environment; we are products of expectations."
"I believe with all certainty I am never in a room I do not belong in."
**Drum roll** who I came to see and support! My Spirit Junkie Sister, Gabby Bernstein, New York Times #1 best-selling author of The Universe Has Your Back and creator of the Spirit Junkie Masterclass and the Miracle Membership, both programs I am a member of. I was so proud, beaming from my "obstructed view" seat. Here's what Gabby had to say:
5 Steps to Spiritual Surrender
1. Take your hands off the wheel. The secret to prayer is to forget what you think you need.
2. Focus on what is thriving.
3. Obstacles are detours in the right direction.
4. Ask for a Sign. When we ask, we always receive.
5. When you think you have surrendered, surrender some more.
After Gabby, we all went to lunch where I had the best time meeting up with some of my Spirit Junkie sisters. (Look at the orbs lingering through us!)
After lunch, Angela freak'in Davis! Angela is fitness evangelist and motivational coach who motivated all of us to get our asses off the seats after lunch and move. She is one of the most sought after Soul Cycle instructors with celebrity clients like Usher (who was in the audience), David Beckham (hubba hubba) and Kerry Washington. We were moving our asses like we were at a dance party and enjoying every minute of it.... see video. Angela said at one point during the dance party, "You weren't born to find purpose you were born with purpose."
Then, the amazingness of Paster John Gray, who I feel stole the show. Pastor John Gray is one of the associate pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston, where Joel Osteen is the senior pastor. His impersonation of Joel Osteen was so so so so good. He has his own show on the Own Network called "The book of John Gray." Pastor Gray was freaking hilarious and spot on with his honesty and interpretation of the world today. I was so engaged that I didn't write much down. He sang Whitney Houston's, "I Will Always Love You," almost better than Whitney Houston! I did catch a few brilliant words:
"Joy disarms the broken heart, and the healing begins."
"Validate humanity with out highlighting brokenness."
Finally, the day ended with Tony Robbins, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and best-selling #1 New York Times Author of, Unshakable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook. If you haven't checkout out his Netflix documentary, "I Am Not Your Guru" yet, it's a goodie! Here were the sound bites from Tony's talk that I absorbed:
"Money just magnifies more of what you are. If you are nice, then it makes you more nice. If you are mean, then it makes you more mean."
"When you give back it is a different world. People feel you care. It is not about the money or the food you give them."
"When you focus on what is missing, then you get in the habit of focusing on what is missing."
It was such a special and magical day at Oprah's Super Soul Sessions. I feel so grateful to have attended and witnessed such beautiful and inspiring leaders who I may have never had the chance if it wasn't for Oprah pulling together this miraculous group! I will end off on an Oprah quote that is inspiring to me, and I hope inspiriting to you too.
"No matter where you stand right now - on a hilltop, in a gutter, at a crossroads, in a rut- you need to give yourself the best you have to offer in this moment. Rather than depleting yourself with judgments, redirect that energy toward the next big push- the one that takes you from adequate to extraordinary. The one that helps you rise up from a low moment and reach for your personal best."