Eat, Pray and Love| Life lessons to look forward to!

You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. 

Summary:

Elizabeth Gilbert’s perfect world comes shattering down when she gets divorced. She then embarks on a journey across the world in an attempt to rediscover her true self.

Book adapted from: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

 “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.

Review:

Liz Gilbert- a women in a subtly failing marriage, successful life, and a safe home. She has everything one dreams about. She hits the stage of crisis in faith and realizes hard truths of her marriage. She leaves him and travels around Italy, India and Indonesia to find herself. Doing so isn’t easy. She hits roadblocks and understands that she, herself is her biggest hater.

Liz went to Bali for a Yoga magazine work, and she met Ketut Liyer. He reads her palm and lays out her near future. He inspires her to travel to know answers to her questions. She regains her love for cuisine, her body, her likes, and her dislikes. After meeting and conversing with people she meets in Italy, her love for food and meaning of life starts building. The notion of perfect body, extreme diet, and insecurities one might have about their body is pondered upon here.

She visits her guru’s ashram, introduced by David, a short love-interest she had after her divorce. Her initial days at ashram is challenging. She meets Richard from Texas, who gives her a push in understanding the true meaning of meditation and life here.

Instead of trying to forcefully take your thoughts out of your mind,  give your mind something better to play with. Like pure divine love.

She then tries to focus her prayers on someone and find more meaning to “Praying“. She then decides to stay there for few more months. Richard helps her to find freedom- letting go, forgiving- and resolves things between her and her ex-husband. She is greatly affected by meditating in Ashram. The Author has left 2 poems to express gratitude.

“I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it—I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you, too. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”

She visits Bali, Indonesia to meet Ketut Liyer again, She meets Felipe and her journey to refine the meaning of “Love” and trust again begins.

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. 

This movie, book and several more books by Elizabeth Gilbert is going to be a part of my life forever. The moment we let ourselves be receptive to healthy thoughts, they are bound to be grown when you nurture them occasionally with love and faith. Even the slightest beam of sunlight (Metaphors for faith and hope) is enough to keep you going, trying again and again without pondering over growth rate compared to others. Go with your own pace.

it is a book and a movie which you must see and read at least once.