What I learned from Oprah & Gwyneth

What I learned from Oprah & Gwyneth

Recently Gwyneth Paltrow launched her own podcast called “the Goop”

For her very first episode, she managed to get Oprah Winfrey on the mike which is a quite impressive start for a new podcast. 

I can really recommend this podcast to everyone who is interested in topics like mindfulness, lifestyle choices and becoming a better self. 

The very first episode with Oprah has been amazing with so many thought-provoking topics. 

 

This was actually my very first contact with Oprah as I did not grow up in America and just knew her by name until now. However, as she is waiting for a sign from the universe to run for the presidency in the US, it was time to get to know this person a little bit better. 

 

The fascinating thing for me about Oprah is the huge followership she has in the States. Somehow Oprah managed to become a person who is liked by everybody no matter the background and lifestyle. Oprah is a person everyone can agree with on a certain level and listening to the podcast you start to understand why. 

A few of my favorite quotes have been:

Being able to be fully present at the moment is the greatest form of meditation

Intention

The principle of intention: What you put out is coming back. Before there is a cause there is an intention which causes something. Think about what is the true reason for why you do something? The intention is actually what is creating the effect. When it is coming from a motivation of lack and fear it will go nowhere.

Happiness is not even a word I use for myself because happiness seems temporal

Her reach

I'm a big soul. There are smaller souls that are also equally as powerful in their field just because you can't reach a lot of people doesn't mean that you don't have the same impact on the people that you are reaching.

Listening

The greatest lessons I learned from listening. I never had a day of therapy but I had multiple days of therapy by listening listening listening listening and trying to not repeat mistakes that I had had conversations about.

Asked about the disease to please

I think so many of us, especially women, suffer from that. I mean we all have that disease to please. I certainly do. It's something that I'm really trying to focus on working on at this stage in my life because you know on the one hand I feel the freedom of saying no and drawing a boundary and on the other hand I am still so worried about hurting people's feelings and not being what they thought I was etc..

Asked about more simplicity in life

Years ago, I have and I have a story for everything because I used to listen to stories for 25 years. One of the most impressive ones was a woman who had her son had died of either cancer or AIDS. I don't remember but she climbed into bed with him as he was taking his last breath. And she said his last words that she could barely hear only because she was lying against his chest. He said oh mom. It was all so simple it's so simple. Mom closed his eyes and died. And I got chills when I heard it. Is one of those things that resonates as an aha I said we're making it all so complicated and it's really all so simple. So that was also a big life-changing moment for me. I go. How am I making it more complicated than it needs to be? How can I slow down, pay attention and see the simplicity of things and sort of follow these laws that I've come to know to be true.

There are so many beautiful topics covered and with these quotes I just want to give you a feeling for the podcast. I can definitely recommend it even more so  during your time of living abroad. Sometimes we tend to overthink ourselves and our situation due to all the changes happening with moving and living abroad. So, I hope you like the podcast and that you can draw some lessons out of it. 

 

Do you have any favorite podcast to share? What is your most favorite podcast at the moment? Or do you even listen to podcasts?

 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing the love

Kate from Share the Love, expat, expat wife, expat life

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