Sunday, August 15, 2010

Eat Pray and Love - Something to Ponder

I will be honest and say that I am not one that reads as much as I probably should. Although my taste for the written word has grown in my later years, I always seems to fall asleep (or want to) if I try and curl up with a good book. There has been a few that once I opened the cover I was unable to put it down and carried with me everywhere until I finally finished the last word. I love a book that grabs me in such a way.

A book that is a good example of this was “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved this book from the moment I picked it up. It was probably because I could relate to it in so many ways… I understood the frustration she had in the beginning of the book when she struggled with the possibility and eventual divorce from her husband. Her desire to travel to “find herself” also appealed to me.

Not only did she decide she would travel, she traveled to three of my favorite places as well as made it her quest to explore three areas of her life that she felt strongly about; food, her spiritual side, and love. I know that they have made the book into a movie which has recently come out. I have mixed feelings as to whether I wish to go and see it or not. One reason is because movies never seem to truly do a book justice and end up leaving you disappointed. I think this is mainly because when one reads a book they bring with them their own imagination. This in turn creates a fantasy land in one’s head of what they envision the story to look like, smell like and taste like. It is impossible for any movie to fit this interpretation of so many that would go and see it, therefore there will always be those who are not satisfied with the manner it was told in.

I loved the whole concept of “Eat Pray Love”. It got me to thinking about what I would consider my eat, pray, and love . Then as if we were on the same wavelength, I was clicking channels and landed on Oprah. She had Julia Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert on her show and they were discussing the movie and were talking about that very thing. I guess great minds do think alike. Ha!!

What is my Eat… what is my Pray… and what is my love…. I would have to say that finding what my “Eat” is could be quite difficult. I have always been one who loves to eat. The main reason it thrills me so (and believe me it can thrill me) is that I love the intense flavors that one can find. I will try anything at least one time because I have learned that you never judge anything simply by its looks. (Especially food) Yet to choose a favorite in the vast selection is close to impossible. Last night it was the pepper crusted rare Ahi Tuna I had….. It was heavenly… yet a few days ago it was the homemade vanilla sugar that I simply ate by dipping my finger into the jar over and over. I am not sure where I would go to explore this side of me as I have found wonderful food in so many places… Yet I guess Italy would not be a bad place to start… Rich tasty homemade mamma food in so many places…. Beautiful country side and extremely good looking men… How could one go wrong with all that to choose from?

My Pray is an easy one…. It would have to be the peaceful serenity of nature. I find such tranquility in my yard and communing with everything that is not manmade. The simple sounds, smells and sights are more precious than anything that can be bought or made. When I feel myself overwhelmed in any sense of the word and I know that I need some time to relax and escape to my sanctuary, I head for the loving arms of Mother Nature. She is always there with her gentle ways no matter the season, no matter the time. In the quiet stillness of morning before all else awakens she stirs. In the heat of a noon day when the sun is high and the day is in full swing. In the slowing down of the afternoon and early eve when it seems that she begins to gather things in for the day. And lastly, during the night, when the stars and moon illuminate the world and a different side of her is shown. She never ceases to amaze me with her ability to bring me to that place where I need to be. To see that answer that I may be trying so hard to find and don’t until I stop and sit with her in silence for a while. My sanctuary, my church, my pray…. Is definitely, communing with the earth and sky.

My love… another easy answer. I love my Vincent and quite honestly he is probably the love of my life. Of course he can drive me nuts, yet over time I have learned that seldom can two be together nonstop 24/7 and not. Yet he accepts me for me and does not in any way attempt to change me. That is what I love most. No matter how silly, corny, or far out there I may be, he listens and makes me feel as if I am as sane as him; which may not necessarily be that sane. Also my grandkids, they likewise take me for who and what I am and love me all the more. They share with me their wide open minds and we ponder the mysteries of the universe together at times… They help me to keep the fact fresh in my mind that there is always something new in the world and that to notice the little things is what keeps us young. My children also have brought much love into my life. From the time they themselves were wee ones until now when they have grown and moved on with their own lives and values. There have been struggles and I am sure there will be more yet we have slowly learned to be accepting and understand that besides being family we are also people. They have taught me to listen more, and also that I do not always have to be the momma… Sometimes I am just another person across the table.

So in closing I ask you, what is your Eat Pray and Love. Something to think about and quite honestly it can really brings some sides of you out that you may not have thought of before. If you have not read the book “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert and especially if you are female I urge you to do so.

I think if the book had not been such a favorite of mine I would not be so indifferent about seeing it, yet here I am. So when it all comes down to it I more than likely will not go and see the movie. Yet who knows… never say never.


Nydia said...

I just said on yuor giveaway post, that I haven't read this book yet! Everybody is talking and I'm still watching. It takes me time to gt things sometimes, I tend to wait, and put other things as priorities, but this one got me really curious, because I bet I'll love it.

I agree that movies are hard to keep the books' truth. But, opposite to you, I like watching them after I read one, just to check if it's faithful to the original or not. And to see if it matchs what I imagined. I did it with many books before, and sometimes I got disappointed (like in some Stephen King's versions) and sometimes very pleased (like in Lord of the Rings, Interview with the Vampire, and recently, with Twilight series - yes I love it!).

Just loving learning about your eat, pray and love, it shows you really wel... :o)


~Onreeone~ said...

Its been over a year since I read the book. I need to go back and read it again. I did so enjoy being with her on her journey and all that she accomplished in her travels finding her inner being.
I remember at one time being jealous of her because she could just pack up and go. It was a great book and now I have to reread it. which will only take about a day since once I pick it up I wont be able to put it down. Well, except for switching out the laundry which I have been neglecting because I can't seem to get rid of this headache. Great Post--Angie

Celia said...

I have read this book and LOVE it....I ended up giving my copy to my daughter to read and it has become a part of her library.....and tomorrow we are going to go see the movie.....and I can't wait!! I'm going to think about what my Eat, Pray, Love is.....and will be back to comment for the giveaway. I'll let you know what I think about the movie.

Another book that you might want to read is called A Year By The Sea by Joan Anderson. She has several books out and they are all very good.....I have them all and I read them over and over again.

Dede said...

I love to read, just don't seem to have much time to do it any more. But I do believe that I will purchase this book. You are so right about reading a book and then seeing the movie. I made the mistake of doing this once, the book was fantastic and the movie, I was so disappointed. You have some beautiful grandbabies! Wishing you a wonderful week!


Rue said...

This book was so fabulous - I gave it to several people as a gift!

I think it's such a great idea to discover what your "Eat. Pray. Love." is! Something I need to meditate on....

Tracy DeLuca said...

I haven;t read the book yet or seen the movie.... it's on my to do list! It sounds wonderful.

My eat would be.... that's a hard one! Food is such a part of my life. With my husband being a chef I have tried tons of different foods. Chocolate ranks up there as being one of my fave things to eat. But also, I am a major cheese lover. Fondue, cheese pizza, blue cheese on my salads.... anyting italian, baked brie, you name it. Cheese might be my favorite.

Pray is simple for me. Nature. Being out in the open in the middle of the beauty of the world around us. Also nighttime with the bright stars and full moon. Nothing makes me feel closer to the divine.

Love is a complex issue. I could say my husband or my children but I think right now my love is myself. I am processing many thoughts and emotions lately and trying very hard to get back that self love that got me through the tough years. Loving yourself is so necessary to loving anyone else!

Tribal Horse Designs said...

I have it on reserve at your library and I am looking forward to reading it alot