As a practicing writer and truth seeker and conversationalist, this book did in fact save me.
I continuously end up in similar situations but whilst I was in the midst of outlining my life and trying to capture who I was it came into my hands at a time where I was, another breakup where it was again up to me to walk first. I had watched an interview on loose women and Julia Roberts was talking about how difficult it was to be the one breaking a heart. I listened automatically.
To summarize: Ms Gilbert in her thirties, is a successful writer; married but unhappy. She found God on her bedroom floor, down and depressed wanting a divorce and searching for happiness; with these intense feelings of sadness. She had made her to make a drastic change in her life. She decided to travel to find herself again., across three countries: Italy (where she just wanted to enjoy the Italian lifestyle especially the food), India (where she learned to pray and chant) and Indonesia ( where in Bali had met the famous medicine Ketut Liyer and had also found true love ) My understanding is that Gilbert examines her life whilst travelling opening herself up to life bigger questions . I feel for this to be such a bestseller she clearly evoked some of these familiarities in other women not just me. She took courage to grab life by the horns and follow her heart, a courageous move. Her honesty and pure rawness of emotion give the book such composition. She explores variety of themes throughout the book such as: Spirituality, relationships and travelling.
The biggest lessons I would say I gathered from her is:
1. God is however you customize. There is no rulebook to believe.
2. Relationships are significant, there is no need to regret anyone who opened you up to the better person you now are.
3. Soul mates are not who we think they are.
4. Heartbreak is good for the soul.
5. Depression and loneliness are temporary.
6. Peace is powerful.
7. You must live in accordance to your soul, not your society.
8. TO LOVE MYSELF
The paragraph which doubtlessly made me realise this book would have tremendous effect on my life was when I read this:
“I have a history of making decisions very quickly about men. I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.”
Like you know when you read something and you are just like “OH MY GOD that’s just like me”.
So there, we connected too.
What the Holy Bible is to Christians and the Qur’an is to the Muslims…Eat, Pray, Love – a book I have re-quoted several times, read twice and used it to search deeply for my life meanings, is a holy text to me.
I follow Elizabeth Gilbert on Twitter, Facebook plus have also written to her as I regard her as the most influential writerI have ever come across. To me, she’s a spiritual leader and someone who has remarkably restored a sense of faith and new found way of looking at life.
I salute her and her work dearly.
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