Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

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How Eat Pray Love landed in my hands is a story on its own. How Elizabeth Gilbert’s story has changed my life is another story on its own. Those stories I hope to share one day.

This version of Eat Pray Love is a compilation of real stories told by real people. I’ve highlighted lines that resonate with me, and I think might do the same to you.

“You’ll see it in every single essay. Search for the moment when each person realizes: ‘My life doesn’t have to look like this anymore.’ Search for it in yourself, too.”

“At the end of the day, it’s just you. So make sure you like the person you’re alone with.”

“It doesn’t matter where I live, who I sleep next to, where I work or what I’m doing if I don’t feel at peace with myself. I was the key to my own happiness.”

“In finding God, I learned to let go. In letting go, I learned to breathe. In learning to breathe, I learned to be present.”

“When I was suffering through that deepest, darkest part of my life, I stopped believing. In love, in hope, in the future, in people and, mostly in myself. Eat Pray Love made me believe again.”

“I finally realized: it didn’t matter how many versions of myself I tried on if I never devoted any time to cultivating who I really was and what I really wanted–not just what I thought I should want.”

“The more I search, the more I evolve.”

“It was as if a highlight reel of all the mistakes and misconceptions I had ever made was on a constant loop in my mind.” 

“Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing.”

“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”

“I realized there was one adventure I had never tried: self-acceptance.”

“I had hardly managed to see that even if I was walking more slowly, I was still covering ground.”

“Could I do that? Could I have an adventure for the pure sake of personal growth?”

“We cannot heal without loving our whole selves, and that it takes courage to imagine we can get better.”

“I am worthy.”

“I needed to get out of my life and out of myself. I needed to change. But that was easier said than done. As unhappy as I was, I was also committed to the life I was living, and I didn’t want to give it up.”

“I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I also know I have a lifetime of work ahead of me to stay on this path, and I’m grateful to the universe every day for the opportunity to do just that.”

“Medicating the symptom of any illness without exploring its root cause is just a classically hare-brained Western way to think that anyone could truly get better.”

“Permeable membrane–disappearing into the person she loves, giving them everything and keeping nothing for herself.”

“I remind myself every day that within me there is a Goddess who deserves love, compassion and respect because She gives all of those things so freely.”

“I began to realize that my actual ‘duty’ should be to live a life, that fulfills me, no matter what that looks like.”

“Gilbert reminds me that joy doesn’t just show up on the front lawn and begin doling out blank checks. Joy must be beckoned. Joy must be tended.”

“Sure, my support system was here, but so were all of my memories of my eight-year failed marriage. The thought of staying sickened me.”

“My sense of self-worth was completely lacking, and so I tumbled through one terrible relationship after another. That, it turns out, was the crux of all my issues…I didn’t know how to stand on my own.”

“I felt Elizabeth Gilbert was uncovering parts of myself that I had been scared to see…I realized that it was time for me to finally cross the street and walk-in the sunshine. I owed it to myself and no one else.”

“Never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” 

“I had just lost the courage to write. There is something about growing up that can destroy us. Something about building a life that can tear down a soul.”

“No matter how bruised and shaken we may feel, we are never truly broken. We are simply being presented with the experience we need to realize our greater Self.”

“What I am most happy with so far is my ability to really be in the moment. To be aware of the beauty around me and feel my soul settle into my body and begin to learn to slow down and stay there be present.”

“I know that no matter what happens. Nature is always there, supporting and inspiring me, and when I return to Her, I find the Divine.”

“I understood, gratefully, that just because a decision made me sad did not mean it was the wrong decision.”

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