From reader to reader…
‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
Level: average but language is simple
Read in 18 days
This is a book about a woman’s journey. Elizabeth is in her thirties and has it all (you would think) but she is not happy! She has a good career, a big house, a husband who wants to start a family but Elizabeth is torn because she feels that something is missing in her life, she feels confused, lost and in a real panic! She finally decides to find the missing pieces and starts her journey of searching, learning and getting to know herself and the world, finding happiness.
What I loved about this book
I found this book truly amazing and fascinating. And I am not the only one! ‘Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love touched the world and changed countless lives, inspiring and empowering millions of readers to search for their own best selves.’ Official Elizabeth’s Website
Many of us think that when you have all the usual and standard boxes ticked then you are happy. But that is rarely true. Life is so much more than a successful career, a big house, beautiful kids, handsome husband etc. You can have all these things and still feel unhappy, anxious, depressed. In her memoirs, Liz revealed it all – her struggles, complicated emotions, her anxiety and her search for happiness.
In Bali people come to search for the balance between wordly pleasure and spiritual devotion.
And even though this book is a novel and very well written one, full of humor, it is also an amazing spiritual guidance full of education. There are so many little nuggets I picked up from the book that really gave me that light bulb ‘aha’ moment! The old medicine man Ketut in Bali raised this question ‘Why everyone so serious in yoga?’. ‘To meditate only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with the mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy’.
‘Too serious you, make you sick’
And we do actually forget to smile. It’s easy to smile when you feel happy, or someone told you a joke, or someone smiled at you. But can we use this method as a therapy? To help to be happy? To activate our hormones to feel positive?
Or another great nugget was about the view of your age! So many people talk about how old they are or complain that they are getting old… In the book, the old man Ketut once again revealed that age is only a number and it only matters how old you FEEL… Elizabeth perfectly revealed in the book that the estimation of the age changes by the day based on how Ketut feels. If he is tired, he says ‘I may be 85 today’. And if he is upbeat and energetic, he says ‘I think I am 60 today.’ So really – how old do you FEEL today?
This novel is so inspirational and touched so many lives! ‘The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.’Official Elizabeth’s Website
Other Books by Elizabeth Gilbert
- At Home on the Range
- Stern Men
- The Last American Man
- Committed: a Love Story (a follow-up story after ‘Eat, Pray, Love’)
- Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It
- The Signature of All Things
- Big Magic
- City of Girls
If you haven’t watched the movie – do that. If you haven’t read this book – do that too! It’s an amazing story full humor, emotion, struggle and inspiration.
Lots of love,