Lessons from Oprah's Life You Want WeekendSeptember 08, 2014
Today, I am focused on my intentions. Friday, during The Life Your Want Weekend opening, Oprah said, "you co-create your life with the energy of your intention." I had never heard this but it was powerful and I was immediately contemplative. I began think back to decisions I'd recently made and actions I was considering. Quoting "Seat of the Soul," she continued: "You co-create your life with the intention you bring to every situation. Every action, thought and feeling is automated by an intention, and that intention is a cause that exists as one with an effect. And if you participate in the cause, it is not possible for us not to participate in the effect."
What could I say to that, but yes? It was mind shifting. A bit of context (I've written about this here before) ... I made a concerted effort to stop being a people-pleaser after launching out into the life I wanted in 2006. When I left Ohio, I left that behavior ... that mindset there. And many fell by the wayside when I committed to doing what and being who I wanted. I digress.
So, this — being mindful of the intentions I bring to situations — is next level. (In my considering, while Oprah talked, I noted I am still a bit of a people-pleaser and I thought, 'I'm here for this.') Ask yourself how often you do things so people won't be angry with you or so they'll like you. Lacking intention or underestimating the power of our intention can cause us to stray without meaning or direction. Had this been the only revelation I came away with this past weekend, it would have been enough. Thankfully, it wasn't. The cooperative of speakers who joined Oprah — Rob Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert, Deepak Chopra and Iyanla Vanzant — filled us to capacity with insight and tools to go forward; much of it directing us to the work of getting to our bottom lines. I'm familiar. The thread, as Oprah called it, is information ... the acceptance that what has happened to us, has happened for us. It was a bootcamp of the mind.
Saturday, in his presentation "Everything is Spiritual," Pastor Rob Bell suggested we consider the present moment. "We have today," he said. And those three words have been looping in my mind along with Iyanla Vanzant's mandate that we be present with ourselves. Life requires it, she concluded.
It was a sort of revival.
For more video snippets of the weekend, visit the My Vicarious Life fan page on Facebook.