Eat, Pray, Love – Indonesia

So, I’m finally getting around to posting about the last part of Eat, Pray, Love. (It kinda fits in since Valentine’s Day is this week anyway…we’ll pretend that I did that on purpose.)

In this book Elizabeth combines the first two parts of her journey in Bali. In Italy she searched for happiness and enjoyment, in India she searched for a spiritual connection, and in Indonesia she finds the balance between the two and falls in Love.

So as with the tradition, here are my favorite quotes from this section:

“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.”

“The ingredients of both darkness and light are equally present in all of us, and then it’s up to the individual to decide what will be brought forth.”

“…people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it…”

“It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress, but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments.”

“Cleaning out all your misery gets you out of the way. You cease to be an obstacle, not only to yourself but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people.”

“Even in the worst tragedies and crisis, there’s no reason to add to everyone’s misery by looking miserable yourself.”

“And love is always complicated. But still humans must try to love each other, darling. We must get our hearts broken sometimes. This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”

“I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and then I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.” 

“To lose balance for love id part of living a balanced life.”

“You’ve had more than enough teachings. You have been given everything you ned to know in order to b free. It’s time for you to go out in the word and live a happy life.”

“I love you, I will never leave you, I will always take care of you.”
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