Oprah Winfrey opens up on Deepak Chopra’s new podcast’ Mind Body Zone
“And for me, that worldview was that I wasn’t good enough, that I wasn’t really loved. I really wasn’t valued” reveals Oprah Winfrey on Deepak Chopra’s latest Audible podcast ‘Mind Body Zone: Living Outside The Box’
Oprah Winfrey is one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. From being a global media icon to a philanthropist, Oprah has won hearts for a long time now. In her latest episode on Deepak Chopra’s new podcast’ Mind Body Zone: Living Outside The Box’ available on Audible, Oprah Winfrey sits down with the Indian-American wellness expert to talk about the importance of the mind and body synergy. Oprah discusses at length the challenges she faced, including her past vulnerabilities due to the incidents she found herself in. Winfrey also reveals how she’s worked to transcend the ordinary and redefine her life through harnessing a mind-body connection.
“A woman had come on to share her story of sexual assault and molestation and she was echoing my story”
Oprah recalls the time when she was too vulnerable to open up on Live TV. Even with her guest talking about their instance of sexual assault, Oprah couldn’t muster up the courage to talk about herself. Only years later she could be vulnerable and open up to the masses. Winfrey gained a deeper understanding of being true to herself and knowing that her truth belongs to many other people who have gone through similar situations. She states, “We all are ultimately seeking the same things, we want the same joy, we’ve been through many of the same sorrows, called by a different name, or a different person. And that we have more in common than we have not in common.”
“One of the things that I absolutely know for sure, is that there is the family that you are born into and then there is the family that you create for yourself.”
After such a traumatic life experience of being sexually assaulted by a relative, Oprah shares how the chosen people have an influence on your life. Even though her biological family perceived her to not be good enough, as time went by, she learned that when people know better, they do better. Through this, she was able to best herself and help herself without the aid of her family but with people outside her family that she made her own.
“It’s going to be an interesting transition for me back in the real world, with the demands and expectations from the past, because I feel very disconnected.”
Talking about how the isolation challenged everyone during the last year due to the pandemic, Oprah reveals how truly at peace she was with her freedom during the time. She explains that it was a time of solace and being with herself, with no expectations to fulfil, sans guilt. The pandemic brought a complete change in how she perceived herself and what mattered to her the most. In her own words, “So I am in that space now where I really revel in my being, rather than my doing.”
About the show
“When you want to change your life in any way, one truth always comes first: You can only change what you are aware of. The choice is simple: expand your awareness or live without real change.” (Deepak Chopra)
The surest path to self-development is through our vital connection to the world around us. That’s the lesson in Deepak Chopra’s essential new podcast, Mind Body Zone. Over 12 episodes, Chopra, the preeminent thought leader in this space, holds intimate conversations with a range of extraordinary guests to explore the challenges we each face, and reveal how they’ve worked to transcend the ordinary and redefine their lives through harnessing a mind-body connection.
Among Deepak’s dynamic guests: activist and advocate X González, yoga teacher and body positivity advocate Jessamyn Stanley, anti-racism educator Layla Saad, multidisciplinary artist Jon Batiste, U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo; media pioneer Oprah Winfrey, and many more. Each conversation concludes with a bespoke meditation, led by Chopra, designed to help listeners further absorb and put into practice newly explored ideas and themes.