7 26 2014- SSS-Paulo Coelho, author of the "Alchemist" Geneva, Switzerland

Oprah Winfrey with Paulo Coelho, author of the international best seller The Alchemist, in Geneva, Switzerland

Super Soul Sunday airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The two-part season premiere returns with Paulo Coelho, author of the acclaimed worldwide phenomenon The Alchemist, Sunday, September 7 and 14 at 11 a.m. ET/PT
on OWN.

Oprah is joined by Paulo Coelho, author of the international bestseller The Alchemist. With more than sixty-five million copies sold, his beloved parable has become one of the best-selling books in history, focusing on the importance of following your dreams. Oprah visits with Paulo from his home in the picturesque city of Geneva, Switzerland, discussing how his colorful and rebellious upbringing influenced the man he is today and how following his heart’s desire has positioned him as one of the most successful authors in the world. In his first-ever interview on American television, Paulo tells Oprah about the process of writing The Alchemist, and how the story of the shepherd boy pursuing his treasure is a universal metaphor for life. His most recent release, Adultery, marks his thirty-first published book. He’s now sold an unprecedented 150 million books worldwide.

Interview by Maranda Pleasant

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Paulo Coelho: People. Even if I live not in a big city, even if I detest to go to parties, I love street fairs and long conversations with people in the countryside. Walking also helps me a lot to feel alive, and I do this every single day, my wife and I. We have long conversations about nature, and we also walk silently, just contemplating.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

PC: Speaking in front of an audience. Not because I am scared or I don’t know what to say, but because I feel very much uncomfortable, and this leads to vulnerability. Nobody will notice but I—still this is something that I manage to avoid for the past five years.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

PC: “Dare.”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

PC: I am not saying that I am different, but I don’t have emotional pain. I may be angry and I may be peaceful, but no emotional pain.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

PC: Walking is almost as important as breathing, for me.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

PC: Perseverance brings good luck, as the I Ching says.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

PC: I am going to die. But I am going to die in peace because I lived my life as intensely as I could.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

PC: Only one, because it demands a lot of effort: my foundation, Paulo Coelho Foundation, that takes care of 430 children in a slum in Rio.

MP: Tell me about your yoga or mindfulness practice. What influence has it had on your life?

PC: A lot. Helped me to breathe correctly and to relax when I need. As for postures, they are not as important as respiration.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

PC: I don’t make plans. I live my life on a daily basis.

MP: What is love for you?

PC: The glue that keeps the stars in place.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

PC: Not to be cowards. The first spiritual quality we need to have is not faith; it is courage. Paulo Coelho’s new novel, Adultery, follows the story of a woman who, faced with the monotony of her life, unexpectedly reconnects with her high school ex-boyfriend.

Published in August by Knopf. Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including The Alchemist and Manuscript Found in Accra.

PAULOCOELHO.COM

PHOTO COURTESY OF HARPO STUDIOS, INC. / GEORGE BURNS

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