Thursday, October 11, 2007

Eat, Pray, Love: the trigger of a lifetime


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I don't often watch Oprah anymore, but I do tune in when she hosts a guest I particularly admire or discusses a topic of special interest to me. On Friday Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, appeared on the show to discuss her book, the stories behind it and her life since. I set the DVR and eagerly tuned in to learn more about one of my heroes that evening.

I loved (and still love) Eat, Pray, Love so very much. I firmly believe I picked up this book at the very moment in my life that I needed its message and was just open enough to it receive it. Her inspiring words are changing my life. I have felt nearly everything Gilbert describes in her book, and it has been invaluable to me to read about her journey and see her come through her trials and emerge as her true self.

Gilbert inspired me to dig deeper into meditation, yoga and the study of Buddhism. I'm even considering going on a relatively short spiritual retreat to give myself some time and space to just be with myself and see what comes.

As a result of the power of her journey, I'm learning to open my heart to the world, treating myself with kindness and compassion for the first time in my life and considering my actions from a purely spiritual perspective for the first time in a long time.

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