Title: Eat Pray Love
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Reading this book made me feel like Elizabeth Gilbert was my soul mate LOL. The book I must say is like a “lost soul bible.”
Somehow in my lifetime, I have lost so many times and have struggled the same uncertainty that the author felt. (of course, minus the divorce part.)
At some point, you have what you thought would make you happy but in reality, it doesn’t. It only feeds one thing you thought is important in your life – your ego and pride.
Sometimes, you do things because you think it can make you look cool or because “they” will envy you or they can say something good about you.
Never did you know that you do such things to please them instead of pleasing yourself.
I love how Liz made her own “life” after her gruesome divorce. I may not have experience divorce but, living through a heartache is like living in hell.
You might have everything you want in life but in the end there is no peace of mind and contentment in your heart.
She found pleasure in Italy. Food, good friends, new language and inevitable weight gain. She loosen up. She forgot to think cautiously about her food intake, just did what she wants and took her time and strive to be happy. This was her first step to find what was lost after the divorce and she found herself mesmerize with Italy and the people as well.
Some book quotes you will love from the “eat” version.
“Sometimes, I feel like I understand the divinity of this world, but then I lose it because I get distracted by my petty desires and fears. I want to be with God all the time, but I don’t want to be a monk or totally give up worldly pleasure. I guess what I want to learn is how to live in this world and enjoy its delights but also devote myself to God.”
“To find balance, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet in the ground so firmly on the earth, that its like you have 4 legs instead of two. That way you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. you must look through your heart instead. That way, you will know God.
“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else life with perfection. So now, I have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling the now thoroughly.”
Then, she went to India to look for peace. She prayed and struggled to discover her inner self. She meditated and learned different mantras on how to stay still and find contentment inside her heart.
Some book quotes you will love from the “pray” version.
“We have failed to recognize that somewhere within us all, there exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace. That supreme self is our true identity, universal and divine.”
“The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only place a mind will ever find peace is inside the heart.”
“You can not see your reflection in running water, only on still water.”
“As smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff of it, is bad for you.”
“Your treasure: your reflection is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”
As she was searching for balance in Indonesia, she found love. She met love in a most unexpected way and because of this new-found love, she found balance in her life. Though apprehensions are evident at first, she realized she is more than ready now to love again than ever.
Some book quotes you will love from the “love” version.
“Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the whole time.”
“Happiness is a consequence of a personal effort. You must fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it and sometimes, even travel around the world looking for it.”
“All the sorrow and trouble of this world is caused by unhappy people.”
“Searching for contentment is therefore not merely a self preserving and self benefiting act but also a generous gift to the world.”
“Love is always complicated. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. It means we have tried for something.”
“To lose balance for love is part of living a balanced life.”
Of the three, the most boring part was the “pray” part but I must say, that is the most essential part of the book.
It makes you realize that in this busy and confusing life, we must learn to pause for a while and talk with our supreme being and ask for guidance and accept “everything” that comes your way. “Everything” means all the things we may encounter, may it be good or bad for us.
Anger, shame, resentment are some of the things that we should accept and be placed in our hearts so as it will always be secured and won’t manifest with our attitude.
After reading, it can make you feel that you should make your own version of Eat, Pray and Love. (just choose your own countries :p)
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