WTF? Oprah Winfrey tweeted a picture of herself walking across hot coals a few days ago, with the caption reading: “Me! Fire-walking! Last night!” In the picture, you see her literally walking across the hot coals, under the supervision of famed life coach, Tony Robbins. You can also see Sheri Salata, Oprah’s executive producer in the background. People speculate that this will be part of ‘Oprah’s Lifeclass’ series.
I don’t know how I feel about this. I recently watched a documentary slash late night special about self-help author James Arthur Ray who got people attending his retreat to push themselves to the limit and stay in his “sweat lodge” as long as they could. Several people died under his care at one of his retreats, while others were left traumatized. He was found guilty on three counts of negligent homicide in the deaths of three people. I know I’m being extreme in comparison to what Oprah is doing, but why do you have to put your body in obvious harm’s way in order to grow or challenge yourself? It could prove your brave, or plain stupid (depending on the outcome). We wouldn’t recommend to teenagers to intentionally walk across hot coals or go into a sweat lodge, so why does it makes sense to do it when you’re an adult?
I digress. Enjoy the picture below of “Mamma O” walking across hot coals. Would you do it? Have you done it?