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A quest for pleasure, devotion, and balance

  • Jun 21, 2010
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As I was reading Eat, Pray, Love I really felt a  connection to Gilbert.  In the beginning, she traveled to Italy seeking pleasure after her failed marriage.  After she literally indulged in the Italian culture  she ventured off to India.  Her mission was to seek devotion at the ashram.  At this point, I probably felt strongest connection to her. While at the ashram she describes her vulnerability and difficulties as she is adjusting to her new life.  The greatest challenge she described in India was the meditation cave.  As an enlightenment seeker,  I really saw myself in her struggles.  As humans, I think we all can find ourselves in her experience of searching for answers within ourselves. Gilbert's last destination is a visit to Indonesia; where she stays in Bali.   Initially, Elizabeth is looking for the medicine man she met while reporting in Indonesia a few years earlier.  Her mission in Bali is to seek balance.  All of her journey up until this point she has claimed to be celibate after her devastating divorce.  However, along the way she finds that balance doesn't necessarily mean rejecting the male species. In the end, I think she finds what she was looking for. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone asking themselves the bigger questions that life has to offer.  This book is meant to be read with an open mind.  If you read Eat, Pray, Love while holding on to your own beliefs you might not get as much from this book but if you can get down to the deeper meaning you might just find that you see your life in a different light.  Perhaps, experiencing parts of yourself that you've never explored before. 

During Elizabeth's journey she leaves with the intention of embracing pleasure, devotion, and balance.  In the end, however, I believe she finds much more than that.  She meets some interesting characters along her path.  The one that stands out the most in my mind would definitely be Richard.  She meets Richard at the ashram in India.  Richard is an unconventional yogi who had definitely lived an interesting unconventional life.  He takes Gilbert under his wing and guides her through her journey. He speaks to her in a very down-to-Earth way that Gilbert isn't familiar with at first. One thing he tells her is that everyone she meets is a mirror.  What he means is that everything she sees in someone else that she doesn't like or loves is a part of herself too. Everyone is a reflection.  When he tells her this it resonates with her. At this point,  it seems like she really starts to mature and develop into a stronger person.  At the end, she even reflects on this as she integrates everything she has learned on her journey. 

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review by . July 03, 2010
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Quick Tip by . April 22, 2011
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review by . July 13, 2010
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review by . August 17, 2010
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Emotionally wrung-out from her divorce, the painful ending of a subsequent love affair, and a general, long-standing feeling of malaise, novelist and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert decides to recharge herself through a year's worth of travel, believing that her return to happiness could be found through exploring both physical gratification and spiritual peace, and then determining an appropriate balance between the two. She pursues the first part of her program (eating, drinking, and talking) in Italy, the second in India (joining an ashram), and the third in Bali (studying with a medicine man).
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Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Memoir, Non-fiction
Publisher: Viking Adult
Date Published: February 16, 2006
ISBN: 0670034711
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