Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quotable Quotations from The Oprah Winfrey Show January 14, 2009: Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, Rev. Ed Baker and show guests

Here are some quotable quotes from The Oprah Winfrey Show January 14, 2009. The show was focused on spirituality, and how to transcend adversity and find the spiritual gift on the other side of it. These quotes are from some of Oprah's favorite spiritual teachers:

"Life is always and only here and now. So to be spiritual is to live in that state of openness to what is." - Eckhart Tolle

"Become aware of the aliveness of this moment, no matter where you are. A dimension opens up that is deeper than thinking. Out of that comes creativity, joy... Increasingly you become rooted in the aliveness and the fullness of the now moment." - Eckhart Tolle

"Spirituality is where you lay claim to a ground of being within yourself." - Marianne Williamson

"We think that we're not happy because of what we're not getting. We're really not happy because of what we're not giving." - Marianne Williamson

"Spirituality has to be practiced... where we stop, take a breath, and become still inside." - Rev. Ed Bacon

"Everyone is spiritual whether they know it or not. Begin to notice what you have to be grateful for." - Rev. Michael Beckwith

"You become a more open vehicle coming from the spiritual part of your being." - Rev. Michael Beckwith

Here are the quotations from the "real life" guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show today. Glen and Connie's son was killed in a motorcycle accident just before his 21st birthday. Nine years later they see that the experience broke them down, but also broke them open to a new way of living, centered in spirituality.

"Was I a failure? It stopped me dead in my tracks. It broke me open. I had to sit and think about what was important." - Glen

"You never get over it. It's always there." - Glen

"The way you see things is changed forever." - Glen

[ABOUT GRIEF] "We must do it well because we are the only role models that our children have." - Glen

"It's a process and a journey, and you need to be gentle," - Glen

"We took the time we needed to grieve and then we took a leap of faith," - Connie

"Hospice is about the living. It's about helping the people left behind." - Connie

The twin brother of the young man who died in the accident compared his grief to a picture on the wall that got thrown on the ground and it smashed into 1,000 different pieces. No matter how long you look at it, there's no way to put it back together. For a time he kept looking at the broken pieces. But eventually he decided to make a new picture instead of looking at the broken picture of the old picture that will never be.

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