Oprah Winfrey has worked for nearly thirty years to empower, enlighten and inspire people to live their best lives, delivered Harry’s Last Lecture on a meaningful life.
A meaningful life comes from a deep sense of awareness about who you are and why you’re here, stated Oprah Winfrey to the Stanford audience, who listed this great orator.
“Close your eyes for a moment, will you please, and breathe with me and if you will, put your thumb to your middle finger and gather your other fingers around, and let’s feel the vibration and pulse of your personal energy as you take three deep breaths with me.” stated Oprah Winfrey.
As she spoke, she asked them to think about the many days and years that have past, and about the choices that had brought them to Stanford.It was one of many personal insights and revelations she shared during the annual address that honours the late Stanford Law School Professor Harry Rathbun.
Oprah Winfrey, who essayed the role of Sophia, in her debut film, The Color Purple (1985), said she had been obsessed with winning a part in the movie, which was based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker.
The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Danny Glover, Desreta Jackson, Margaret Avery, Oprah Winfrey, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, and introduced Whoopi Goldberg as Celie Harris.
When she thought she had been rejected for the part, she decided that she needed to release that obsession. Thinking that one of the reasons she had been rejected was because she weighed too much, she went to a fat farm to lose weight.
The fifty minute lecture was the culmination of Oprah Winfrey’s day as the university’s 2015 Rathbun Visiting Fellow.
She is the sixth person chosen as a Rathbun Visiting Fellow since the program began in 2008. The first five fellows have been: retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; George P. Shultz, former U.S. secretary of state, treasury secretary and labor secretary; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of The Children’s Defense Fund; His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; and cartoonist Garry Trudeau.
At the end of her daylong visit to Stanford, Oprah Winfrey, stated that a spiritual practice is the foundation of a meaningful life. Oprah Winfrey ...2.0