Singer. Songwriter. Poet. Grammy Award Winner.
The beautiful and poised young woman who sat down with Oprah on yesterday’s Super Soul Sunday took the music world by storm at age twenty-four. She impressed all of us with her musical affirmations, among them the memorable “I learned to love unconditionally/Because I am a queen.” Later, she went on to sell over ten million albums and win four Grammys.
Along the way, India Arie faced many personal challenges.
Early in her career, she received the worst snub in Grammy history when she was nominated in seven categories and lost each one. For months on end, she was surrounded by that conversation and continued to feel the hurt and humiliation.
In 2009, she found herself at a spiritual crossroads after dealing with a broken engagement and an exhausting cross-country tour. She shocked her music label, her fans and her family when she retired and went into seclusion. Knowing that her soul was sick and that she needed a cure, India moved to an island where she slept, prayed and watched the water.
India admitted that unworthiness was once part of her calling card. Afraid of failing and succeeding, she yearned to stay in a safe place. She strongly believes that the breakdown was God’s way of giving her a breakthrough. She finally felt secure enough to ask and answer that all-important question:
What would I do if I knew I was 100% worthy of this?
Quotable quotes from India Arie and Oprah…
Your self worth is your job.
All physical ailments start in the spirit.
Your sense of authentic power is directly proportional to how aligned you are.
The voice of the world will drown out the voice of God, if you allow it.
You are responsible for your own life. Don’t wait until the end of your life to figure that out.
Be clear about your intention and the universe will rise to meet you wherever you are.
You are it. You are the one you have been waiting for.