Beyond Eat Pray Love: Live

Every once in a while,  a great book comes to speak to me in ways I cannot explain. In the last three years, I have been blessed with two life changing tales: Dark Night of the Soul by Thomas Moore and Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is a very rare gift for me, I must say, because even though I am a teacher (thus one would assume I’m a big reader), I have trouble reading, so many times, no matter how good a book is, I miss the messages it is sending me. However, the two books I mentioned have found its way beyond my dyslexic brain and burrowed deeply not just in my heart but they have planted the seed of hope and growth in my soul.

I don’t know if I can call it coincidence (or should I say it is because of synchronicity that they came to me at the same time?) but those books came to me at the most difficult period of my life. The first during my darkest days and the second, as I made my way out of that deep pit. During those days I found myself alternating from curling into a ball in my bed and physically abusing my office furniture as I tried to contain tantrums of discontent that were brewing inside of me. In many ways, the wisdom those books gave me helped me make it through that period.

Today, I still find comfort in leafing through them every once in a while and going through passages that I had earmarked or highlighted over time. One quote that speaks loudly to me today, and I share with you here now is:

“Life, if you keep chasing it so hard, will drive you to death. Time – when pursued like a bandit – will behave like one; always remaining one county or one room ahead of you,…At some point you have to stop because it won’t. You have to admit that you can’t catch it. That you are not supposed to. At some point… you… gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you.”

And believe it or not, the powers of synchronicity and how wonderfully put together the Universe reminded me once more that despite the seeming uncertainty of everything, everything is in its place. About an hour before the quote spoke to me, I had sent my Kindred Spirit a message that read:

my heart is too full of joy and is oveflowing with blessings for words to express. i am so content and happy with my life and how wonderful it has become since our souls connected despite of everything that happens.

and for once, there is nothing left to say but i wuv you.

My heart and soul are content. Today Eat Pray Love reminded me of the most important message of all: to live.

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