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Meditation, Yoga, and Oprah
Meditation, Yoga, and Oprah
You may wonder what these three have in common. First, meditation has to do with developing fitness of the mind and body. Secondly, yoga also has to do with developing fitness; it can be an important part of conditioning and flexibility. Last but not least, Oprah has to do with helping people in developing physically, mentally, and spiritually so they can be successful. She does this by exploring ideas and speaking with influential people about what it takes to be successful; then she shares these ideas with her audience.
What is Meditation? It is actually a way of relaxing and is certainly not difficult to learn. It should be done in a quiet place with the least amount of distraction. First, do a breathing exercise. Start by sitting in a comfortable position, closing your eyes, and putting your hands together.
Now exhale through your mouth as you extend your hands forward. Then extend each hand outward to the side as you breath slowly through your nose. Hold your breath for seven seconds. Then exhale slowly through your mouth as you bring your hands back together. Do this breathing exercise three times. This technique can be used just before exercising, and is often used as part of martial arts training.
After the breathing exercise, you should be more relaxed. Now again, sit in a comfortable position, try to keep your back straight, close your eyes, and put your hands on your lap. Let yourself relax. Let your mind drift; imagine going to a place where it is peaceful and beautiful.
The object of meditation is to let your body and mind relax and unwind. As you relax, your subconscious mind will become more susceptible to suggestions, much like being hypnotized.
Slowly count down from ten to one, relaxing as you count. Then make positive suggestions to replace any negative feelings you may have. Then slowly count from one to ten, and as you count, tell yourself that you are happy, you feel great, and you will be successful. When you get to 10, open your eyes; you've just finished meditating.
Yoga is an exercise program consisting of unique positions and movements. These help people stretch and tone their muscles, and helps them develop strength and energy. Yoga can be an important part of overall conditioning of the mind and body. It can also be a way to relax the mind while increasing the body's flexibility. Anyone interested in starting even a basic Yoga program should consult their doctor first.
Making improvements in your life is important if you want to be happy. Whether it be with meditation, yoga, or some other venue, everyone wants their lives to be better. Many people's lives serve as an inspiration to others in the quest for self-improvement. One such example is that of Oprah Winfrey:
Oprah Gail Winfrey was born in the small town of Kosciusko, Mississippi on January, 29, 1954. She is now 61 years old, and through the years she has become an iconic personality. The successful "Oprah Winfrey Show" ran on TV for 25 years, ending on September 9, 2011. After it began in 1986, it was eventually produced by her company, Harpo Productions (Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards).
Oprah had a rough childhood, but hers is a rags-to-riches story and today she is a self-made billionaire. She now owns, among other companies, a TV network named OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). This network has a variety of programming that includes her production of Oprah's Lifeclass.
Oprah's Lifeclass has been inspirational to many by covering many subjects, many having to do with human behavior, relationships, and philosophy. Many guests have appeared, sharing valuable insights and glimpses into their personal lives.
Some of the guests who have appeared on Oprah's Lifeclass are the following:
Iyanla Vanzant, a spiritual coach, relationship expert, and author,
Tony Robbins, well-known for his motivational speeches, in person and on DVD,
Steven Tyler, lead singer for the rock band Aerosmith, and now an author,
Bishop T. D. Jakes, senior pastor for "The Potter's House," a 30,000 member church in Dallas, Texas, and leader of a media empire,
Joel Osteen, well-known to millions as an evangelist and the preacher for the huge Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He is also a highly successful author,
Deepak Chopra, a well-known spiritual adviser and author. (On March 11, 2013, Oprah and Deepak began a 21-day meditation challenge to help people find the way to perfect health.) The latest 21-day meditation challenge, as of this writing, began November 2, 2015. These challenges were presented online at www.chopracentermeditation.com
Oprah offers access to information and advice on many different subjects, not just in her Lifeclass, but also in her magazine (O magazine), and on her website (Oprah.com). For example, you can find more about meditation, yoga, religion, fashion, and good nutrition, including the benefits of certain foods. All these and more subjects on Oprah's Lifeclass, magazine, and website may help people become what they want to be. As Oprah said in the following quote:
"The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be."
Oprah is a Christian, but she is open-minded to all religions. Her huge success has not changed that; in fact, she has used her wealth and influence to help people of many races, nationalities, and religions. Her main objective seems to be to discover whatever truth that will help anyone be successful in life. Yes, she has come a long way, and she could be an example for anyone who wants to be successful.
If you are into developing the complete person you were intended to be, there are many venues that could help you achieve that goal. Whether it's by meditation, yoga, or the example of a successful person such as Oprah, we all need to stop putting boundaries on our own success.
From the Bible:
Do not let this book of the law depart from you; meditate on it day and night so that you are careful to do all that is written in it. For then your way will be prosperous, and you will have great success. (Joshua, Chapter 1, Verse 8)
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