Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

With February being all about love, I decided to dedicate a month of reading to love related books. Only one catch, I wanted to dive into self love. So I googled a bunch of books on love. Then realized I needed to add the word SELF into the search. Some of the books made me want to gag due to the crazy love story from Disney that was portrayed. Don’t get me wrong I love Disney with both halves of my heart. So here we go…

All our lives we are told all of the things we should and shouldn’t do. We are told to make sure we love ourselves. We are told that we can’t fully love someone unless we love ourselves. We are told that we need to take time out of the day for ourselves. We are told to have balance. We are told to eat healthy. We are told to work harder. I mean, honestly, who can do all of this in just 1 day? And, who knows how? The one thing I do know is we cannot pour from an empty cup.

So Liz, lives this life, that she doesn’t fully love. She is always chasing something or running from something. Running from one man to the next. Not appreciating who she is. Using other people as a scratching post for her loneliness.

Does any of this sound familiar? Well, most of us cannot just run off to another country and spend a year finding ourselves. Side note, I did look up amazing places in Bali and it’s less than $1500 for a month for a beautiful home on the beach. Did I mention that this home also had a sauna outside? I am not sure that is even necessary with the heat there. Back to business, creating a meaningful life is so important. One with balance. One that we wake up each morning and feel we are blessed to experience. One that we feel as if we do not need to take a vacation from. One that gives us pleasure without consulting anyone else’s agenda. So, how do we get there?

In a world that we are constantly pulled in one direction or another. Expected to respond to text messages in rapid speed. To always be on. And by on, that can be on the clock. That can be available to family, friends, or clients. To always be available is just not normal. In order for any of us to experience pure joy, love, and peace in our lives we must disconnect. We may not need to disconnect for a year, but spending time getting to know yourself is extremely important. This could be through Yoga…in Bali….for a month. In a world with constant distractions we need to put ourselves first. ALWAYS.

Let’s talk a little about love. So all our life we are looking for this so called soulmate. But, did you know when you look in the mirror…that is actually your soulmate? Someone that will challenge you. Love you. Unconditionally, something that all of us have an endless supply of. This person will tell you when you need to get a little deeper. When you need a break. How else, besides through knowing yourself, can you be so aware of your needs? NEWSFLASH you can’t. We ALL need to be doing something daily for ourselves. Journaling, meditation, prayer, anything!

Just remember, in this order, pray, love, eat. Not, eat, pray, love. Now, time to watch the movie. Have any of you watched the movie? I always love to read the book first. Always SO much better!

“The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.” – Gene Amoie