Have you ever felt like you want to run until you reached Greenland? That there is nothing left in life for you? That you have come to a dead end in your persona/spiritual life? I am sure many of us had the same or similar experience(s). Elizabeth Gilbert takes us on a scenic tour, a love affair but most importantly on a SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE in her book EAT PRAY LOVE.
Some of the Life/ Spiritual Lessons that we learn in EAT PRAY LOVE:
- Don’t get attached to anything in life, only to yourself, your SOUL!
- First find yourself.
- Love yourself, before you can love another.
- Life is a long, long journey – go out there and find yourself, your Soul.
- Know what you want in life and go get it.
In the first part of the book, EAT, Elizabeth discovers the joys of food, the beauty of Italy, she makes new friends and learn to be on her own. Some of the places she visits in Italy are: Rome, Venice, Sicily, Syracuse to name but a few.
The next part of the book: PRAY, is the most important part of the book for me. Elizabeth is now ready for her spiritual experience. She moves on to Mumbai in India. We get to know the inside of an Ashram where Elizabeth stays. In an Ashram you will discover who you really are and this is what Elizabeth is searching for in her life. She learns how to meditate, which at first is very hard for her to get used to. Intense meditation brings everything up – you start to clear out all your residual demons. What I like in this part of the book is how Elizabeth describes one of her work assignments, scrubbing floors, as the scrubbing clean of the temple that is her heart, the polishing of the soul, the everyday mundane effort that must be applied to spiritual practise in order to purify the self. One of her students reminds her to take this work seriously, and to remember that “everything you do, you do for God. And everything God does, He does for you”.
Elizabeth comes to the conclusion that she just wants God, She wants God inside of her. She wants God to play in her bloodstream the way sunlight amuses itself on water. Her prayers become more deliberate and specific. The search for divine bliss is the entire purpose of a human life. Elizabeth writes; “That is why we all chose to be born, and this is why all the suffering and pain of life on earth is worthwhile – just for the chance to experience this infinite love”. If you can hold on to this, you can have bliss. One afternoon in a meditation retreat, Elizabeth had a Divine experience where she felt like she is lifted into the air like a bird. She is transported through the portal of the universe and taken to the centre of God’s palm! It was indescribable. ……… She thought to herself; “So this is God. Congratulations to meet you”.
Searching for your own religion, going out to find what you are looking for, finding your spirit and peace with God, this is what Elizabeth found in India.
The last part of the book Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth’s final destination – BALI is where she finally finds the LOVE of her life, a Brazilian man called Felipe and Elizabeth can finally say: “Attraversiamo” (Let’s cross over).