Eat, Pray, Love

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Eat, Pray, Love is such a fascinating read, one that I recommend to any person trying to rediscover him/herself. I hope the following quotes will encourage you to eat well (you only live once), pray regularly (this is the act you can do over and over again) and love passionately (just love without expecting anything in return, no holding back). The book is captivating, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and hilarious. It is a book that would qualify to be one that you won't put down until you finish reading it. Gilbert’s style is casual in tone and it’s a comfortable and fun read. Eat, Pray, Love is the type of book that contains so many anecdotes that any reader - especially travelers - will find a way to relate on some level. And what if this book turns into a movie with no less than Julia Roberts acting the lead role? Then, of course, I will surely watch it.

On happiness:
“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure–your perfection–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.”

On choosing or loosing your religion:
“You don’t want to go cherry-picking a religion" - [a friend tells Gilbert]
Which is a sentiment I completely respect except for the fact that I totally disagree. I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. I think you are free to search for any metaphor whatsoever which will take you across the worldly divide whenever you need to be transported or comforted… That’s me in the corner, in other words. That’s me in the spotlight. Choosing my religion.”

On loneliness:
“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”

On control, fate and thoughts:
“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”

On depression, acceptance and loving kindness towards yourself:
“So tonight I reach for my journal again. This is the first time I’ve done this since I came to Italy. What I write in my journal is that I am weak and full of fear. I explain that Depression and Loneliness have shown up, and I’m scared they will never leave. I say that I don’t want to take the drugs anymore, but I’m frightened I will have to. I am terrified that I will never really pull my life together.

“In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.” -Sue me. I am guilty! Then again, I can only wake and change and accept in full and not putting said character in a mold.

~ Quotes and excerpts from Elizabeth Gilbert’s amazing bestseller “Quotes from Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia”

The movie will be shown here in the Philippines before the month ends and I have already scheduled a movie date with some friends. Are you going to watch this? I am just a little scared that this movie will further fuel my desire to just leave all things behind and pack my bags and jet off to some new place. And if so, I will let you know...

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