Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Excerpts from Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

{Background Info to this excerpt: He calls her Groceries and he is Richard from Texas, whom she met at the Ashram in India}

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“But I really loved him.”

“Big deal. So you fell in love with someone. Don’t you see what happened? This guy touched a place in your heart deeper than you thought you were capable of reaching, I mean you got zapped, kiddo. But that love you felt, that’s just the beginning. You just got a taste of love. That’s just limited little rinky-dink mortal love. Wait till you see how much more deeply you can love than that. Heck, Groceries – you have the capacity to someday love the whole world. It’s your destiny. Don’t laugh.”

“I’m not laughing.” I was actually crying. “And please don’t laugh at me now, but I think the reason it’s so hard for me to get over this guy is because I seriously believed David was my soul mate.”

“He probably was. Your problem is you don’t understand what that word means. 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 soul 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. And thank God for it. Your problem is, you just can’t let this one go. It’s over, Groceries. David’s purpose was to shake you up, drive you out of that marriage that you needed to leave, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light could get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you had to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master and beat it.”

“….You’re like a dog at the dump, baby – you’re lickin’ at an empty tin can, trying to get more nutrition out of it. And if you’re not careful, that can’s gonna get stuck on your snout forever and make your life miserable. So drop it.”

“If you clear out all that space in your mind that you’re using right now to obsess about this guy, you’ll have a vacuum there, an open spot – a doorway. And guess what the universe will do with that doorway? It will rush in – God will rush in – and fill you with more love than you ever dreamed. So stop using David to block that door. Let it go.”

[Excerpts from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert]

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This section of the book pretty much sums up the way I am feeling now that I am technically back with X-boy. It's not exhilirating being back with him but it feels good. Lemme find the words - umm....comfortably familiar, warm, reminiscent of a former ideal. I'm really not sure what will happen tomorrow, or the day after but I am enjoying every minute of it now.

8 comments:

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

sounds like a descen read, just driving by chk my part of the bloggosphere if and when u can, id like that

Afrobabe said...

wow...definately want to read that book...great summary...even better rules that can define ur life...

Ms Sula said...

That has been my book for the past year or so, and I can't remember how many times I have quoted it... Lol!

I am glad somebody else is enjoying Richard from Texas advice.

Great post!

(and thanks for stopping by mine!)

AnyaPosh said...

2 torrance, I just checked it out. Preach!

2 afrobabe, I hope you find the time to read it. She's surprisingly funny!

2 ms. sula, Richard from Texas was such a good voice of reason for her! I wish we were allowed to explore more of their daily conversations. I'm sure it would be so insightful.

flabby said...

I LOVE the books u read! a lot of times when i try to get people i know that read to expand their reading list..they just dont get it. half of a yellow sun was amazing..so was purple hibiscus..i read 'five people you meet in heaven'..by mitch albom..it was really good..

err..ok..i sound kind of neurotic! but its just refreshing to see that people still read books that make sense!

guerreiranigeriana said...

wow!!...that was a fabulous read...thanks for sharing that...should have read that in october of last year...would have shed some light sooner...we each learn in our own time...

pysyka said...

Thank you for this post. I was searching for it but had little hope of actually finding it and was kinda preparing to translate it into English.. :) Yeah, you guessed: I can totally relate to the story, but that s something many will do. The fact that she might be right and our twin soul is the right person who will never be right for us.. is freaking me out. I never watched things this way..

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