¬ Book Review: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gillbert

Hello Strangers on the Internet!

Last year I read the book Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gillbert and I thought I could review it on here. Let’s dive in.

I love that the book is a woman’s journey discovering herself and fulfilling her desires. The story follows this author through Italy, India and Indonesia where she is on a sabbatical, doing what she had always wanted to do as a way to soothe her mind because she struggles with depression. It was nice to see her heal through her travels. Not going to lie, it was not a fast read because there are times where I felt like I was reading somebody’s personal journal. I was curious to understand the state that she reached when she peaked during her meditation practices. However, she chose to say that words could not describe the experience. I was disappointed because throughout the entire book she spends a lot of time describing minute details about certain events. I wish that would have been one of them. The gay in me also thought at some point that Elizabeth would have a gay encounter with Wayan from Indonesia. Of course did not happen! There are a lot of takeaways in the book in the form of quotes that the author talks about at length and her stance on each on of the quotes. I have listed my favourite ones below:

God is an experience of supreme love.

Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognised yourself as a friend.

Happiness inhabited my every molecule.

Beauty attracts beauty”

“…it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”

Be careful what you pray for, Groceries, cuz you just might get it.

That’s just your ego, trying to make sure it stays in charge. This is what your ego does, It keeps you feeling separate, keeps you with a sense of duality, tris to convince you that you’re flawed and broken and alone instead of a whole.

The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart.

You cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.

…the concept of God is considered by some Buddhists to be the final object of dependency, the ultimate fuzzy security blanket, and the last thing to be abandoned on the path to pure detachment.

Eventually, everything goes away.

Learning how to discipline your speech is a way of preventing your energies from spilling out through the rupture of your mouth, exhausting you and filling the world with words, words, words instead of serenity, peace and bliss.

They do say there are consequences to your action-so choose your behaviour accordingly.

…it is the oak tree that creates the very acorn from which it was born.

Anyway, if you are in a mental funk and looking for something to inspire you or you are on a journey of self love, you might want to give it a try.


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