In my continuation of posting my favorite quotes from this book…here is part 2 🙂 India for Pray.
This part was a lot different that the movie. I totally recommend reading this book if you only saw the movie. I really love it. Like I said, this is my second time reading it.
In part two of this book, Elizabeth goes to an Ashram in India to study the teachings of her Guru. Here she practices the study of yoga and meditation for about 4 months and tries to learn to let go of the things that have been troubling her. I love all of the things she learns about herself and forgiveness and especially patience. My favorite person, and one of my favorites from the whole book, is Richard from Texas. He just has some of the best ideas and thoughts. You have to read to get to know him!
– ‘I’ve heard it said that prayer is the act of talking to God, while meditation is the act of listening.’
– ‘People think a soul mate is your perfect fit and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true sould 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 they leave.’ -Richard
– ‘You’re wishing too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.’ – Richard
– ‘At some point you have to stop because it won’t. You have to admit that you can’t catch it. That you’re not supposed to catch it. At some point, as Richard keeps telling me, you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you.’
– ‘Casting yourself at God’s feet in helpless desperation is all well and good – heaven knows, I’ve done it myself plenty of times – but ultimately you’re likely to get more out of the experience if you can take some action on your end.’
– ‘So I’ve started being vigilant about watching my thoughts all day, and monitoring them. I repeat this vow about 700 times a day: “I will not harbor unhealthy thoughts anymore.”‘
– ‘You can still live on that shimmering line between your old thinking and your new understanding, always a state of learning.’