Eat Pray Love – Italy

Eat, Pray, Love (by Elizabeth Gilbert) is one of my favorite books…well I have a lot of favorites :), but I’m re-reading it for the second time, because I just felt like I needed to since I’m trying to figure out my life right now.

So I felt like I would blog about it since I get a lot out of this book.

This books is basically divided into three parts – the three parts being the three different countries Elizabeth Gilbert visited. Elizabeth is a travel writer, so she has already been all over the world, but she takes a year off after her divorce to figure herself out and what she really wants. The book is about her travels and what she finds out. O, and it’s a true story as well.

The first of which was Italy…which is the EAT part, where she spend four months eating (duh) and learning to slow down and enjoy her life. I love this book section because it makes me want to go to Italy and learn another language. It also makes me hungry reading it. She learns how to deal with the sadness that came after her divorce and how to deal with it. I think one of the other important things she realizes is to just slow down and enjoy the beauty in things.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from this section (and if you saw my book, I totally have the whole thing marked up like its a history book or something. yeah, I’m a total nerd!):

– “This was my moment to look for the kind of healing and peace that can only come from solitude.”

– (in response to her prayer, the feeling she received back)¬†“I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long. I will stay with you. If you need the medication again, go ahead and take it – I will love you through that, as well. If you don’t need the medication, I will love you , too. There’s nothing you can ever do to love my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”

– “‘So sadness is a place?’ Giovanni asked. ‘Sometimes people live there for years,’ I said.’ In return, Giovanni told me that empathizing Italians say L’ho provato sulla mia pelle, which means ‘I have experienced that on my own skin.’ Meaning, I have also been burned or scarred in this way, and I know exactly what you’re going through.’

– “I look at the Augustem, and I think that perhaps my life has not actually been so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated. The Augusteum warns me not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I mayb once have intended to sere. Yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough – but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository. Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.”

– “It’s all for the best, I know it is. I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. I know all this. But still…”

– “The Bhagavad Gita – that ancient Indian Yogic text – says that it is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection. So now I ¬†have started living my own life. Imperfect and clumsy as it may look, it is resembling me now, thoroughly.”

– “In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud sometimes only beauty can be trusted. Only artistic excellence is incorruptible. Pleasure cannot be bargained down. And sometimes a meal is the only currency that is real.”

– “…and when you sense a faint possibility of happiness after such dark times you must grab onto the ankles of that happiness and not let go until it drags you face-first out of the dirt – this is not selfishness, but obligation. You were given life; it is your duty (and also your entitlement as a human being) to find something beautiful within life, no matter how slight.”

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