When I learned that Queen Oprah and her wonderful Lifeclass was coming to St. Louis, I chomped at the bit to get tickets. I went through the lottery process for the tickets and received a blessing—two admissions to the 7pm Lifeclass Tour with Oprah and author, speaker, and spiritual coach, Iyanla Vanzant.
What took place on the evening of March 26th at the historic Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis was indeed lifechanging. As a “Lifeclasser” and student of Oprah’s Lifeclass since its inception on OWN, I have attended the classes virtually. But being in an actual class with hundreds of other people, some who traveled from as far as California, to bear witness to the lessons, the teachings, and the amazing words of two women who have been given a gift to help us achieve, heal, learn, grow, and love was a phenomenal experience.
Iyanla spoke on the theme: Stop the Pain. This resounded with me because I have experienced pain in my life. Pain not of the physical sort, but dealing with emotional and mental pain has been an issue for me. We all find ways of copping with our pain; whether it be drugs, sex, food, alcohol, shopping, some of us use pain as a crutch for our addictions. And it then becomes a slippery slope as we cope with these issues on a daily basis. These issues stop us from living the lives we should be living, and instead of living to the fullest, we are living to cover the pain.
The event was a cathartic one as I shed tears as I held my Aunt’s hand. When I found out that I would be going to see Lifeclass live, there was no one else I thought of bringing with me. She has been such a great Aunt and friend and I knew she and I would takeaway a lot from the experience.
During the two hour Lifeclass, which was broadcast live on OWN, we learned the story about Steve, a man who has overcome his addictions, but still living in the past with his “story”. Iyanla said that Steve’s new addiction is the story of his addiction, which makes me stagnant. Many times, we all hold on to our stories and our pasts with a “whoa is me” attitude, instead of embracing the now and what we can do to move forward. It was a touching moment as Iyanla brought up two men from the audience (one was Tim from the OWN reality show based in St. Louis, Sweetie Pie’s), so that they would “hold him up” and let Steve know his father was proud of him. We all stood with Steve and clapped for his overcoming.
Words cannot fully express what I felt in that room during Lifeclass, but I will tell you, it was such a gift. And I am so grateful. I am so happy that Oprah chose St. Louis as the first city she brought the Lifeclass Tour to.
Below are some pictures from this historic night. To watch the full broadcast of Lifeclass, click HERE (you can see me and my Aunt at the 1:48 mark of the show as well as a few times throughout the program). And check this out. The picture above that I took during the program in which I tweeted and shared on Instagram is being used on the Lifeclass Storify site. You can see it on the page where you can view the video).
Iyanla Vanzant has a new show that will premiere on the OWN channel this summer called Iyanla Fix My Life. We were treated to a preview of it before the show started and it will be a program I will be watching.
Did you watch the Lifeclass broadcast? What were your thoughts?