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When I met Oprah: VIP Sound Check & An Evening With Oprah

12-12-2015 Sydney -"An Evening With Oprah"

12-12-2015 Sydney -“An Evening With Oprah”

Photo Credit: George Burns

As a 25 year-long viewer of The Oprah Show, last Saturday I crossed my number one off my bucket list – I met Oprah at the Sydney VIP Sound Check & An Evening With Oprah.

I know…cool right?!

Meeting Oprah was everything I imagined it would be. She is the real deal – present, authentic, warm and inviting. Her self-deprecating sense of humour is hilarious – this woman can truly laugh at herself!

12-12-2015 Sydney -"An Evening With Oprah"

12-12-2015 Sydney -“An Evening With Oprah”

Photo Credit: George Burns

I was blessed to be seated up front and one of only 5-10 people in the audience to have my question answered.

At the heart of the work I do as a psychotherapist, I help women discover who they really are, and how to find value, meaning and purpose in life (particularly out of their symptoms and suffering). Crisis as a catalyst for growth, and living life with purpose were two of the main themes throughout the night. My question for Oprah was, ‘What brings you value, meaning and purpose in life?’

BUT…in the moment, my therapist self went out the window and I went with expressing my gratitude by sharing how watching The Oprah Show helped me turn my life around.

There were many guests over the years who were fundamental to helping me heal from my early childhood wounding, disordered eating and then a major existential and spiritual crisis as I struggled with repeated failed IVF treatments and the possibility of never having a ‘happy family’.

I recently blogged about How Oprah and Rudine helped me overcome my eating disorder so I shared with Oprah about Rudine, eating disorder recovery and how I found value, meaning and purpose out of my suffering, and through my work as an eating psychology and eating disorder specialist. Oprah shared with me how Rudine profoundly changed her life too – the way she interviewed, the way she did the show and the way she looked at all future guests!

Towards the end of our chat, we talked about how most eating disorder recovery treatment does not include spirituality, yet spiritual issues are significant in both the etiology and recovery of eating disorders. She said, ‘yes, and you will see later in the show, it’s all about spirituality’.

After the sound check Q&A, we were invited up on stage to have our photo taken with Oprah. After my official photo was taken, she looked at me, gave me a high 10 and and said, ‘so you suffered with an eating disorder and now you help people recover – that’s great, good on you!’

12-12-2015 Sydney -"An Evening With Oprah"

12-12-2015 Sydney -“An Evening With Oprah”

Photo Credit: George Burns

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12-12-2015 Sydney -“An Evening With Oprah”

Photo Credit: George Burns

From start to finish, this was a fantastic experience. If there is someone you would love to meet and they offer a VIP experience, go for it – it is a once and a life-time opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Many thanks to the other VIP participants (you made the evening super special), The Dainty Group, Sun Super, Swisse and the Arena staff on the night!

Who are your role models? Did someone get you through a difficult time? I’d love to hear who! If you had the opportunity to meet them – what would you ask or say to them? If you met Oprah in Australia – I’d love to hear about your experience! Please comment below 🙂

Keep your eye out for my next blog 30 Life Lessons from An Evening With Oprah

Please note that the photos in this blog are intended for VIP participants’ personal and social media use only. No further distribution or sale is authorized.

About Jodie

asseeninmaster2 (600x124)Sydney soul-centred psychotherapist, therapeutic counsellor, eating psychology and transformational life-coach, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and wellbeing. She has a wealth of personal and professional experience and knowledge in the field of addiction and eating disorders. Jodie is the Disordered Eating Consultant for Nungkari Treatment Centre, former Assistant Clinical Director at a Sydney Eating Disorder Outpatient Treatment Centre, an approved service provider for South Pacific Private Addiction and Mood Disorder Treatment Centre and works in private practice, treating eating disorders as well as other women’s issues in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.

Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy and helping women to find value, meaning and purpose out of their suffering.

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Learn How to Eat Mindfully with Geneen Roth’s Raisin, Chip & Chocolate Exercise [Video]

Geneen Roth Raisin Chip Chocolate (800x800)Learn How to Eat Mindfully with Geneen Roth’s Raisin, Chip & Chocolate Exercise [Video]

One of my favourite mentors in the field of food, weight and body image issues is Geneen Roth, author of Breaking Free From Emotional Eating, When Food is Love, Feeding the Hungry Heart, When You Eat at the Refrigerator Pull Up a Chair, Women, Food & God and Lost & Found.

In my private practice as a therapeutic counsellor, life-coach and psychotherapist, I have worked with 100s of women from all walks of life; many of them have suffered with food, dieting, weight and body image issues. Alongside therapy, I often recommend this Raisin, Chip & Chocolate exercise to learn how to eat mindfully by Geneen Roth featured on Oprah.com.

 

The Raisin, Chip & Chocolate Exercise is a useful tool if you are:

  • Using food to soothe, punish or distract yourself
  • Bingeing or overeating
  • Depriving yourself of a wide range of foods or food groups
  • Missing what you eat
  • Questioning whether you even like the food that you are eating
  • Wondering how the food you are eating is affecting you
  • Labelling foods as good or bad
  • Associating memories with certain foods
  • Suffering with disordered eating/an eating disorder

The Raisin, Chip & Chocolate Exercise can help you to eat mindfully and develop:

  • The mindfulness skill of ‘noticing’
  • Presence to what and how you are eating
  • How to eat without distractions
  • Emotional satisfaction by the eating experience

Before you start you will need:

  • 2 raisins
  • One corn/tortilla chip
  • 1 wrapped chocolate

Psychological safety

As with any psychological exercise /visualisation, this exercise can evoke strong feelings. Please make sure you seek appropriate support if you are suffering with disordered eating/ an eating disorder.

Let me help you Transform Your Relationship With Food, Body & Soul™. Book your sessions here!

About Jodie

Jodie is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and wellbeing. She has a wealth of personal and professional experience and knowledge in the field of addiction and eating disorders. Her experience includes a Master’s thesis on eating disorders titled ‘Call off the Search: Eating Disorders a Symptom of Psychospiritual Crisis’, (you can read an excerpt here), post graduate training in addiction and ‘women’s business’, work experience in the ‘Eating Disorder Unit’ at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, the Eating Disorders Foundation (now part of The Butterfly Foundation) and Women’s Health NSW. She is an ‘approved service provider’ for South Pacific Private Addiction and Mood Disorder Treatment Centre and works in private practice, treating eating disorders as well as other women’s issues in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.

Oprah Winfrey Harvard Commencement Speech and Developing an Internal GPS for the Soul [Video]

Oprah HarvardOprah Winfrey Harvard Commencement Speech and Developing an Internal GPS for the Soul

It is no secret that Oprah Winfrey has been an inspiration to millions of people worldwide for the past 25 or so years. Her ongoing transparency regarding her issues with food, weight, sexual abuse and her self-development and spiritual journey makes her someone – regardless of her wealth and success – that many of us connect with and look up to as a role model.

Her half-hour long speech at Harvard this week has been noted as being humorous, self-deprecating, inspirational but not perfect (thank goodness for that!).

Oprah touches on some key themes that we can all relate to

  • living from the authentic-self versus the false-self
  • hope and despair, light and darkness
  • failure and success
  • connectedness and separateness
  • acknowledgement of our sameness and acceptance of our differences
  • acting with empathy and kindness to ourselves and others
  • living a meaningful, soulful and purposeful life

One of the most important takeaways is about how we need to develop what she describes as an internal, moral, emotional GPS that can tell us which way to go. Ultimately, that requires us to listen to that quiet voice inside that just ‘knows’.

Check out her Harvard address here:

About Jodie

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Sydney Soul-Centred Psychotherapist, Therapeutic Counsellor, Eating Psychology and Transformational Life-Coach, Jodie Gale, is a leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. Over the last 15 years, Jodie has helped 100s of women to transform their lives. She has a private counselling, life-coaching and psychotherapy practice in Manly and Allambie Heights on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.  Jodie is passionate about putting the soul back into therapy!

Let your light shine and live the life you have always dreamed of! Contact me now to book your first appointment.