by Elizabeth Gilbert
"A soul mate's purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…"
This is one of the many quotes I loved in this book, one text which hit some strong chord in me.
The way Elizabeth writes is so different from the previous three authors I've gone through in this challenge. Like Anna Karenina and Gone with the Wind, I struggled through this book, the same way that Liz struggled through the 182 verse Gurugita, breaking a sweat because sometimes I identified with some of the internal conflicts she was going through.
Reading this book made me feel like I have also traveled to Italy and enjoyed seeing all those fountains and eating all that pasta with Liz; made me feel like I have been to India, living at an Ashram, with my own guru, meditating and rising through those seven chakras to a point of enlightenment; that I have traveled to Indonesia and lived in the Utopian Bali and fallen in love with a handsome Brazilian man.
The balance we soo need in life, the happiness we so want, it just does not fall in our lap. We work hard and incessantly for it.
"Balance is not letting anybody love you less than you love yourself."
"To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life."
"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. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it."
There are other quotes I kinda related to, had to go through them over and over again. Well, in reading books, you learn that you are not alone, and that nothing is new under the sun. Somebody has been there before, somebody is there right now, and somebody is going to be there some day....
"I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with a man himself and then I hung on to the relationship for a long time waiting for the man to ascend to his greatness. Many times in romance, I have been a victim of my optimism."
......"To feel physically comfortable with someone else's body is not a decision you can make....the mysterious magnet is either there ,buried somewhere deep behind the sternum,or it is not."
I am yet to watch the movie eat pray love (yeah, yeah, yeah, had to read the book first), I am looking forward to it, more because Julia Roberts, my favorite actress plays Elizabeth.
I loved this book. A lot. :) The ending is also beautiful. Liz works through the pains of her divorce and her break up with her lover David and finds a lover, Felipe, who is ready to be with her always.