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Eat, Pray, Love: Quotes that I Like.

There are so many quotes that I like from there that I can’t just pick one out to put on my status…so I’m putting those that I like here. These were picked from the Elizabeth Gilbert quotes website, since I haven’t read the book yet. Here we go…

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”
Elizabeth Gilbert

WD: Debatable. But for now, I’m just gonna wallow in its words for some self-consolation…

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

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

“It’s better to live your own life imperfectly than to imitate someone else’s perfectly.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

WD: Oh gosh! I was about to blog something about it…a bugging thought recently. I couldn’t have said it better.

“There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

“Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it’s what you want before you commit.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

“One thing I do know about intimacy is that there are certain natural laws which govern the sexual experience of two people, and that these laws cannot be budged any more than gravity can be negotiated with. To feel physically comfortable with someone else’s body is not a decision you can make. It has very little to do with how two people think or act or talk or even look. The mysterious magnet is either there, buried somewhere deep behind the sternum, or it is not. When it isn’t there (as I have learned in the past, with heartbreaking clarity) you can no more force it to exist than a surgeon can force a patient’s body to accept a kidney from the wrong donor. My friend Annie says it all comes down to one simple question: “Do you want your belly pressed against this person’s belly forever – or not?”
Elizabeth Gilbert

WD: Hmmmmm…

“Look for God. Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

“If I love you, I will carry for you all your pain, I will assume for you all your debts (in every definition of the word), I will protect you from your own insecurity, I will protect upon you all sorts of good qualities that you have never actually cultivated in yourself and I will buy Christmas presents for your entire family. I will give you the sun and the rain, and if they are not available, I will give you a sun check and a rain check. I will give you all this and more, until I get so exhausted and depleted that the only way I can recover my energy is by becoming infatuated with someone else.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

“Faith is believe in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

WD:  Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. – Hebrews 11:1 NIV. Faith is when you have Jesus Christ in your life. Yes, I am biased. 😉

“As smoking is to the lungs, so is resentment to the soul; even one puff is bad for you.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

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Eat, Pray, Love: What Is Your Word?

It started screening yesterday and I went to watch it last night. Haven’t read the book yet…but that makes the whole movie experience more interesting because I walked into the cinema with zero expectations.

I thought the film was nice. Funny. Inspiring.

The story is pretty female-centric, if you ask me…as in, most women (as opposed to men) will be able to understand & identify with the issues & emotions discussed in the film…and also I think only the women are gutsy enough to do the things that she did. Haha. OK, I’m talking in the context of Malaysia…as in, most Malaysian men, especially above 30, don’t have the guts to leave their comfort zone ‘in search of their souls. 😛 Or maybe they don’t really give two hoots about their souls. Haha. OK OK, back to the movie. 😉

But seriously, I believe that we will all come to a point in our lives, where we will start to look deeper into ourselves…into our souls…to search for the meaning of life. I remember not too long ago, I’d wake up everyday feeling exactly just like how Elizabeth Gilbert describes it…”no passion, no spark, no faith“…just like a walking zombie. I can’t say that I’ve already found them. I’m still trying to find them here without having to take drastic steps like Liz…not that I wouldn’t…in fact, some people are expecting some big moves from me because I’m ‘always unsettled’, quoted a friend. Damn. Always unsettled??? …..anyway….

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is a woman’s journey to finding herself…her passions…her happiness. She loves her food…therefore she seeked to learn more about it in Italy…not to mention, indulge in it…and then, she went to India to find her spirituality…to feed her soul…because spirituality is the core component of our whole being & existence, more than we realise it…and then, she found love in Bali. What is life without love? But that’s for her…because not everyone will take the same route to finding themselves. But the point is making that conscious decisions to take control of our own lives. And for things that are out of our control, pray to God.

How often is it that we know this is not where we want to be…maybe in our career, relationship, marriage, country…and we dream of places we want to go or things we want to do in this lifetime…yet the only thing we do is complain? Then we suck it up and continue living the same unhappy lives because…“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.” No judgement. We’re all guilty of that. It just gets harder as we grow older. But sometimes we need to do something crazy to be alive again…to completely let go of ourselves once in a while to be able to marvel at the world we’re living in…and to hang out with/talk to/read/watch/learn about inspiring people once in a while to find hope in ourselves again.

There were many instances in the movie that made me stop & think about my own life. And there were so many quotes from her that I find really so true, witty and yet inspiring. And some scenes & lines I thought was so me! Haha. I found some of the quotes being compiled here. And I found it quite unbelievable that anyone could get hooked up with the person who had just knocked you down with his car. I mean, what are the chances that the idiot could be a handsome Brazillian dude in real life????

Sitting in an outdoor café in Rome, Liz & her friends discussed that every city—and every person—has a word. Rome’s is “sex,” the Vatican’s is “power”, New York’s is “achieve,”….and she struggled to find her own word…but later decided that hers is “antevasin”, Sanskrit for “one who lives at the border”. Hmmm…so what is mine?

And what is yours?

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