When I began teaching personal transformation work more than 25 years ago it was a novelty. Back then, sharing ideas about healing the soul, standing in personal power and transforming the mind was considered by many to be strange.
Yet, somehow I knew the day would come when people would be able to turn on their televisions and get answers to questions few dared to ask aloud. Today, as the result of the obedient commitment of a woman, our sister, Ms. Oprah Winfrey, personal healing and transformation is happening out loud, in the public, on television, over the Internet, by telephone, around the world. Men and women, of all races, ages, economic and social backgrounds are asking questions and getting answers about how to think better, feel better, live better and be better. We are talking to each other, supporting and encouraging one another in matters that were once considered shameful, unspeakable and quite frankly . . . weird.
Oh how the times have changed! After so many attempts, by so many who claimed to know so much about what the public needs and wants; by enticing people to eat bugs and swim naked to win money in an attempt to capture our attention; a woman, with an open heart asked one question – – do you want to live a better life? That did it! Viewers said yes and real television programming about real life was born. LifeClass has been about the real questions, real issues, real challenges, that real people face everyday. It has been about giving real answers and real support in real time that encourages people to be and do better. I am humbly grateful to have been invited to be a part of this evolutionary shift in TV and on the web.
I am grateful. Today, with so many people suffering on so many levels as a result the shifts and changes in the world, we are being forced to reconsider what is considered good for us. LifeClass has been good for so many, for so many reasons. It has opened our minds and hearts to do a new thing in a new way. It has offered the world a process and a practice anyone can use in a way that makes sense in their own life. Now that the class is in recess it is up to us to continue our work and that is what transformation, change and healing is all about.
It is often said that the way to honor that which has brought value into your life is to continue the good you have received. It is based on that theory that Monday Matters has been born. On this page we will continue the work, the exploration and the healing that was born in the LifeClass. Since Monday is considered the first work day of the week, the Monday Matters page will offer you something to consider and work on throughout the week. In this way we will be honoring and expanding what we have received in LifeClass. We will continue the healing and transformational work in our own lives by sharing our insights with those we love. Each Monday on this page I will offer you a question and a principle to consider and practice. I will give you a “tidbit” of insight to consider and discuss with family, friends and your fellow LifeClass viewers. If you haven’t seen LifeClass, I encourage you to watch the re-runs on the OWN network or go to Oprah.com where you can view them on your computer. For those of you who have not seen LifeClass, I believe you will still find Monday Matters helpful and supportive as you move through your life’s journey. I encourage you to share your “Aha’s” and to ask questions. More important, I encourage you to continue doing your personal, inner work that LifeClass inspired us all to begin.
Words simply cannot express the depths of my gratitude to Ms. Oprah Winfrey, the OWN network, staff and to you, my fellow students for being open and willing to share who you are in the world. This process has affirmed for me that we are all in the same boat. We just use different oars at different times. The Aha’s for me have been many. The healing has been deep – – – very deep. I now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that everything happens the way it needs to happen and that everything happens for a reason. I am so grateful that I don’t know everything and that what I think I know needs to be examined and explored for a deeper meaning. Monday Matters is a way we can continue the examination and exploration together because I matter and you matter. Get your scoop and journal ready. I will join you again next Monday. Until then, do something good for yourself.
Monday Matters is a “blog” offered by Iyanla Vanzant
This week’s Meditation:
Finding Faith In Difficult Times.
Available at http://www.InnerVisionsWorldwide.com
This week’s Reading:
The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.
Available at http://www.oriahmountaindreamer.com
About Iyanla Vanzant:
Iyanla Vanzant, accomplished author, inspirational speaker, talk show host and living testament to the value in life’s valleys and the power of acting on faith, goes behind closed doors and deep inside people’s lives for emotional, riveting conversations in the new hit series- Iyanla: Fix My Life
Iyanla has had a unique life filled with many personal struggles, which she has overcome and used to become stronger. Now, she’s back, helping people fix their lives, using her past to help others’ futures. Secrets will be revealed, truths will be uncovered and emotions will come out as Iyanla teaches us how to pull back the curtain on what is broken in our lives.
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