Life and Religion
|Oprah advocates for healthy minds and bodies in Charlotte|
|Media mogul draws 15,000 for Vision Tour|
|Published Monday, January 20, 2020 2:00 pm|
|PHOTO | NADINE PENA|
|Oprah Winfrey and Amy Schumer share a laugh during Winfrey's 2020 Vision Tour Saturday at Spectrum Center.|
Fifteen thousand people celebrated wellness with Oprah Winfrey at Spectrum Center over the weekend.
The media mogul, philanthropist and former talk show host’s 2020 Vision Tour made its third Charlotte visit Saturday. The all-day event included elements to engage the body and mind, like a dance party with Daybreaker, guided meditation with Jesse Israel of The Big Quiet and dance exercises with Kinrgy, led by Julianne Hough. It also highlighted a transformation talk with Laila Ali, a championship boxer and daughter of legendary heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
The event was a partnership between Oprah and WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) and highlighted the WW journeys of three North Carolina women. Oprah also had a one-on-one conversation with comedian Amy Schumer. Winfrey also shared part of her story with the audience to conclude the event.
Oprah also visited with Bishop Claude Alexander at The Park Church and Premier Pharmacy and Wellness Center on Monroe Road during her time in Charlotte.
“I heard Dr. Martez Prince hosts free wellness fairs outside his pharmacy, so I had to stop by,” Winfrey said in a statement.
What exactly is wellness? It requires being obedient to your flow, Oprah shared with thousands.
“I am obedient to my own flow,” she said. “I am not trying to mess in somebody else’s flow.”
Winfrey also encouraged the audience to practice mindfulness and being present. Mediation was offered as a tool to engage mindfulness. She shared that often people would tell her that they simply could not meditate due to too many thoughts.
“It’s not like your mind shuts off,” Oprah said.
Said Israel: “We have a lot happening in our lives, so our brains are going to race. This concept of meditation being this thing where we’re not thinking is just not realistic for most of us.”
Meditation, however, is a practice, with benefits that can be derived from it. When thoughts arise, welcome them, but send them on their way.
“Understanding that even when the brain is racing, simply by closing our eyes and being quiet, we’re resetting our nervous system, and giving ourselves a lot of healing rest that we really need.”
Said Oprah: “I used to always be confused by this idea of being quiet, being still, and thinking, ‘oh, I’m doing it wrong,’ but the truth is, meditation is a skill. It’s a spiritual practice, and it’s a skill that gets better the more you do it. It’s like developing a spiritual muscle. When you first start, the thoughts are swirling, swirling, swirling, but the more you do it, they calm down.”
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|This event made my year! It was more than I expected and I am incorporating things I learned into my daily practice. It also confirmed that I was on the right path to wellness.|
|Posted on January 27, 2020|
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