On December 7, 2011, Oprah Winfrey was featured in a candid, one-on-one interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz as part of his nationally televised “The Dr. Oz Show.” During the interview, she discussed her life after the “Oprah Show,” and her aspirations for the future—including the very positive impact her practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique is having in her own life, and in the lives of her meditating 400 employees.
“For me at this time in my life I recognize that everything is about moving closer to that which is God. And without a full, spiritual center—and I am not talking about religion, I am talking about without understanding the fullness from which you’ve come you can’t really fulfill your supreme moment of destiny….
“I think that being connected to that which is greater than yourself, for me at this particular time in my life, is the most important thing and that’s what I am working on.
“One of the things I did in Next Chapter (Oprah’s new series which will be aired in January 2012) I went to visit a town called ‘TM town’ and it’s in Fairfield, Iowa. Would you imagine that in Fairfield, Iowa, a town with a population of about 9500, a third of the town meditates! There’s a traffic jam in Fairfield, Iowa at 5:30 pm with mothers, and doctors, dentists and lawyers, and engineers and clerks and soccer moms all headed to the dome in Fairfield, Iowa—people who look just like you and me—and they’re all there meditating.
“And in order to prepare for doing that show I brought Transcendental Meditation teachers into Harpo Studios to teach me and my team how to meditate. So we started meditating. Seven of us lead to 70, led to 270, led to now everyone in the company meditates. Nine o’clock in the morning, and 4:30 in the afternoon no matter what is going on, we stop and we meditate.
“And that way of being ‘still’ with ourselves—coming back to the center—and recognizing that something is more important than you, it’s more important than the work you are doing, brings a kind of energy and an intensity of energy, an intention that we have never had before.
“And you can’t imagine what has happened in the company. People who used to have migraines, don’t. People are sleeping better. People have better relationships. People interact with other people better. It’s been fantastic.
“So the one thing I want to continue to do is to center myself everyday, and make that a practice for myself because I am one thousand percent better when I do that, one thousand percent better when I take myself back to something bigger than myself.”