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#38 Eat, Pray, Love (completed)

I quickly found a friend to go see the movie with last weekend to help me complete #38 on my 101 list! I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was not awful or completely disappointing, as most book-to-movies that I see. I felt that the screenplay included most of the important aspects of the book, but obviously without the super-specific detail, which I was expecting to not be there. The screenplay could have worked in some of the more intense, raw emotion that was portrayed in the book. When dealing with someone’s true story, a book is just better. Hands down. There were a few changes to the actual story-line that I didn’t really like, but as a stand-alone movie it was good. Just not quite as inspirational as the book. I obviously have never met Elizabeth Gilbert, but based on my impression of her after reading the book, Julia Roberts did a great job of depicting her in the movie.

Reading the book made me want to travel (especially to Italy), but the movie solidified it even more. At some point in my life, I want to take a long trip, maybe 3-4 months and live somewhere else. And Italy might be my first choice.

Even if you haven’t read the book yet, go see the movie. But read the book eventually.

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Eat, Pray, Love [Indonesia]

Indonesia: pursuit of balance. Gilbert lived in Bali and began with an old medicine man she had met there on a previous trip.  At the start of her time here, she spent most of her time with this medicine man (Ketut), learning more about meditation and starting to use all she has learned to feel balance in her life. During one of their conversations about different ways to meditate (Yoga being one that Gilbert practices), Ketut declared a simple statement:

“Why they always look so serious in Yoga? You make serious face like this, you scare away good energy. 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…. Too serious, you make you sick. You can calling the good energy with a smile.”

I don’t think there needs to be much discussion on this one. The power of a smile can go a long way. 🙂 Never forget to smile.

I’ll report back again after I see the movie!!


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Eat, Pray, Love [India]

India: pursuit of devotion. For 4 months, Gilbert lived in an Ashram (a “religious hermitage”). She awoke at 3:30 every morning for morning prayers, hymns, and meditation.  This in itself is incredible; (a) to get up that early and (b) to spend a majority of your time in prayer and meditation. This is something I have always struggled with. Below is an excerpt I thought was really well-written about faith:

Devotion is diligence without assurance. Faith is a way of saying, “Yes, I pre-accept the terms of the universe and I embrace in advance what I am presently incapable of understanding.” There’s a reason we refer to “leaps of faith” – because the decision to consent to any notion of divinity is a mighty jump from the rational over to the unknowable…. If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith. Faith is belief 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.

Faith is not an easy thing. I think it is healthy and necessary to take leaps of faith….take a risk on something not knowing what the outcome will be. Another thing I have trouble with. I would not say I am a complete control freak, but I do not like making decisions; especially decisions that involve 2 options with various or unknown outcomes. I must admit that my first thought is not to just make a decision and trust that God will guide my decision as well as the outcome. Yet another thing I am working on in my life. This is where prayer comes into play. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says pray continually (or pray without ceasing, depending on your version). I like to think of it more as a constant inner dialogue with God.

Not easy by any means, but definitely possible.