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Friday, 30 January 2009 14:22

I recently read the book Eat Pray Love - One Woman's Search for Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert and loved it.  My sister gave it to me to read and it was given to her by a colleague at work - one of those wonderful word of mouth things that you come across now and again.

Lately I have mostly been reading spiritual books that are a bit more hard going so this was really refreshing and an absolute delight.  Although it did result in me reading far too late into the night on at least a couple of nights.

There are so many great things about this book.  I was astonished at how much this woman shared about her life - what a gift.

What a great idea - 4 months in Italy to learn Italian and pursue pleasure (mostly the eating kind), 4 months in India pursuing a more inward pleasure and 4 months in Indonesia to try and find some balance between the two and finding love.

One thing that really resonated with me was her coming to the understanding that she did not need to become a different person to be spiritual.  In her words, she realised that "she did not need to become the Quiet Girl in the Back of the Temple".  We do not need to make some massive, dramatic change of character to be spiritual or renounce our individuality.  We often have the idea that we need to change but our personalities are what make us unique.  It does not mean we cannot improve ourselves but it makes sense to work with our strengths whilst acknowledging the excesses that could do with changing.

This book reminds me of Holy Cow:  An Indian Adventure by an Australian woman called Sarah Macdonald.  I read this book a few years ago during a yoga retreat in the Blue Mountains.  It was a few months after Emma had died and I pretty much kept to myself at the retreat but one of the other participants was drawn to give it to me to read and I read the whole thing in a couple of days.  I really enjoyed it and her quirky Australian take on things.

For both these women embracing the Eastern path was their way - finding their guru or master.  But we do not need to - we can do it our own way.  For me, being spiritual is about trying to be the best person I can be every day and of course, attempting to do everything with love.

I also found it interesting when Ketut in Bali tells Elizabeth about his experience of heaven.  He says there are seven levels up to heaven and that heaven is love and everything is beautiful.  There are also 7 levels down to hell and it was just the same as heaven.  To go up or down it is all the same at the end.  With heaven you go up through 7 happy places and with hell you go down through 7 sad places - that is why it is better for you to go up as it is better to be happy on your journey.

Elizabeth shares so much of herself in this book - sometimes she seems so self absorbed, but aren't we all really.  She gives so much and it gave me plenty to think about.


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avatar Mary
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On Tuesday I was talking to someone about this wonderful book and I then went onto the author's website at http://www.elizabethgilber t.com. I loved reading the FAQs - especially the last one about whether she is still with Felipe.

While looking at her site I came across a video of Elizabeth Gilbert talking about genius and the creative process. I loved it - she is so articulate. I want to be like her when I grow up. Here is the link, if you are interested . http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/453.

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Hi Mary
I have just watched the link about Elizabeth Gilbert..Wow!!
Isn't she great!! I would recommend it to anyone who has read her book or thinks of themselves as a creative person.
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avatar Mary
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Hi Sarah
I am glad you liked it - she is great!
I think she is so courageous to share so much of herself.
Thanks for your comment - you inspired me to watch it again and I enjoyed it just as much.
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I just found this book and loved it - kind of an Australian Eat Pray Love. Author is Louisa Deasey and the book is Love and Other U-Turns. About leaving everything behind for love and then finding yourself on the road. Here's a link where you can read a preview:
http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781742373416
Travel + self-discovery - always worth reading I reckon!
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avatar Mary
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Hi Anna
Thanks so much for the recommendation. I will definitely check it out. I absolutely love books, they are my one indulgence and I love to have a few in reserve, ready to read.
I have to admit that I haven't read too many books by Australians (a bit weird really) but I recently read Pieces of Me by Veronica Neave. Another book that I really loved lately is called 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein. Have you read Committed?
Thanks again, I will let you know how I go with Love and Other U-Turns.
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