Oprah and the Art of Living

Enroute from US, I was at the Delhi Airport, catching up with the news and happened to read this in the Asian Age.

Bangalore to host world power women Some of the world’s most recognised women — Martina Navratilova, Maria Shriver (Arnold Schwazneggar’s wife), Oprah Winfrey, Christianne Amanpour, Queen Noor of Jordan, Sushmita Sen, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Linda Gray, Queen Rainer and Jaya Bachchan – are coming together on a single stage for an unique women’s conference called ‘Strength Of The Woman: Celebrating Success.’

Taking place in Bangalore from February 4-6, the conference is being organised by the Art of Living Foundation and International Association of Human Values. The other women expected to participate includes Haifa T. Baramki, director of Palestine Centre for Education for Life, Melanne Verveer, chairperson of Vital Voices, Judith Barnett, Vishaka Desai of the Asia Society, actress Linda Gray, MP Mabel Rebello and tourism minister Renuka Chowdhury.

Nobel Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Jody Williams, former UN commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson, Arab leader Jehan Sadaat and South African leader Gracha Machel Mandela are also being invited. Speaking to the Asian Age, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar’s sister, Bhanumati Narsimhan, who is also the director of both AOL and IAHV said: "We are trying to get women from all spheres, be it cultural or business, political or social.

The conference will raise awareness through celebrating the lives and aspirations of these women. Over 800 women from the world over are expected to participate. We have received confirmation from many including Kiran, Sushmita and Jaya. We are hoping international figures like Martina Navratilova, Maria Shriver, Oprah Winfrey, Christianne Amanpour and Queen Noor agree to come to Bangalore."

She added: "The theme of the conference is ‘Durga,’ ‘Laxmi’ and ‘Sarawaati.’ We want to show women’s success in all fields. This three day conference will have two sessions everyday. The afternoons will see interactive sessions between audiences and participating women. They will discuss and share their experiences with regard to strength and valour, wealth, business, home, society and education. We will have music and cultural events in the evenings besides ayurveda treatments, meditation sessions and satsangs with Shri Shri Ravi Shankar every evening." The primary objective of the conference will be to create awareness and further the dialogue on the role of women in promoting a more compassionate and ethical environment in the areas they work.

Proposed sessions will include highlighting women’s efforts to promote global peace, security, human rights and their ability to create more responsive and responsible public policies. The conference will aid the creation of an international network of women who will use various mediums to create an ongoing dialogue on how women can promote values and ethics.

Cutting and pasting the above since Asian Age does not provide permalinks. More details about the conference can be had here. I am hoping that Oprah agrees to be a part of this programme. My wife – Meena – loves her shows and I incidentally picked up a copy of O for my Meena on the way back home, only to discover that Oprah writes about connecting with each other.

I know for sure that the way to feel connected in all relationships is to stay atuned to the source, which I believe is the energy that vibrates through all life. You can never stray too far from what is really meaningful before losing connection with yourself and everybody else. And when you’ve lost that, neither AT&T nor the best Verizon hookup can bring it back.

Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment.

Make the connection.

I do truly hope that we get to see Oprah at the conference. That would be as the Yankee’ love to say "Truly Awesome"!

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