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A spiritual practice is the foundation of a meaningful life, Oprah Winfrey tells Stanford audience

Rev. Jane Shaw looks on as Oprah Winfrey answers questions from students. (Photo: L.A. Cicero)

April 21, 2015, Stanford Report

Photo credit: LA Cicero/Stanford News Service

A meaningful life comes from a deep sense of awareness about "who you are and why you're here," Oprah Winfrey told a Stanford audience on Monday evening.

"It comes from being in touch with, on a regular basis, the appreciation and the holy gratitude that should fill each of our hearts on a regular basis, just knowing what a privilege it is to be here and to be human," Winfrey told an audience of more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff assembled in Memorial Church to hear her deliver the annual "Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life."

"Close your eyes for a moment, will you please, and breathe with me," she continued. "And if you will, put your thumb to your middle finger and gather your other fingers around, and let's feel the vibration and pulse of your personal energy as you take three deep breaths with me."

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