Today, I have finished reading my first book of my new year challenge, Eat, Pray, Love! This book is nothing compared to the movie, it’s worth the read. The entire story revolves around Elizabeth Gilbert finding herself, her happiness, and physical and spirtual balance in her life after a bad divorce; therefore, she decides to travel to Italy, India, and Indonesia. There was much I have learned upon completing this novel, especially the importance of meditation. Meditation allows one to escape the physical world, the daily to-do list, and other factors that take up space in our mind. Meditation is the one time where we focus on ourself, our mind, connect to a higher power, and control our thoughts. There were a few quotes that stuck out, one being, “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control”.
Throughout the book, the readers watch Gilbert grow from a vulnerable individual to a confident woman, and much of her change is due to her commitment of daily meditation. As I said in my last post, I am trying to learn something new from every reading, and I have decided that I too will begin practicing the art of meditation. I have tried it before, but I found several excuses to escape from that challenge. Therefore, I shall start small, meditate about 2 minutes every morning and hopefully achieve 10 minutes of peaceful meditation by early February! Now, I loved the idea of smiling meditation not just smiling from the outside but smiling from within as the medicine healer from Indonesia said, “To meditate, only you must smile. Smile with face, smile with mind, and good energy will come to you and clean away dirty energy. Even smile in your liver”. So, Eat Pray Love has challenged me to integrate smiling meditation into my daily routine! An entertaining memoir, Gilbert takes the readers through a journey of lifelong lessons along with amazing travel ideas and advice! I truly believe everyone receives a different message after completing the memoir, and I encourage everyone to see what they can learn about themselves by reading this book. So as I focus my energy to listen more than talk, and use the energy I spend choosing my clothes to choose my thoughts, I hope to engage in my own spiritual development.
As we live a life with several ups and downs, remember that every situation we are put through has a purpose, and challenge yourself to overcome each predicament as a stronger individual!
To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life
~Eat Pray Love
The next book will be Modoc by Ralph Helfer, a true story about the love between a young boy and his friend elephant (I love biographies and elephants).
Until next time,
I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells,