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I don’t really watch a lot of television. If anything, I watch culinary programs while I work out to pass time. But I admit that I do like some of the programming on OWN, or the Oprah Winfrey Network. Some of the shows I find downright inspiring.

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One show that I have watched only a few times but have been impressed with is “Super Soul Sundays.” Described as “… a timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring block of programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them,” this theme really resonates with me and my evolving interest in the spiritual journey. Oprah’s recent interview with Paulo Coelho, author of, “The Alchemist,” was deeply moving. It gave me new insight into the story and inspires me to read it again with more intention. I also really enjoyed Oprah’s interview with author Anne Lamott about her book on the 3 essential prayers, “Help. Thanks. Wow,” a book I recently read. Interviews with other authors, including Marianne Williamson have given me new resources for spiritual teachings and guidance. I recently watched “Oprah and 3 New Voices: Next Generation Spiritual Thinkers,” in which 3 young and up and coming spiritual thinkers were introduced. The work that they were doing was truly impressive. I look forward to getting to the episodes with Deepak Chopra, Elie Wiesel, Brene Brown and Maya Angelou.

“Oprah Presents Master Class,” is another show on the OWN Network which I find interesting. Each episode is led by a person Oprah has hand-picked as “a Master” of life lessons in some way. Some guests for this Season 4 have included Maya Angelou, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Cicely Tyson, Sharon Stone, Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Roberts and Justin Timberlake.

Other inspiring shows include, “Oprah’s Lifeclass” and “Help Desk,” amongst others. There is little television programming of this kind and for me, it is generous, rich and fulfilling. I am a fan. And I am inspired.

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