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Eat, Pray, Love – Indonesia (a.k.a. This is the END my friends)

30th August 2010

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That is my summation of Love or Indonesia as it is titled in the book. I’ll be honest with you – this section pretty much bored me to tears. Except for Felipe, who I’m assuming is played by Javier Bardem in the movie, which makes me imagine a hunky dude when reading about him – the rest of this section was a big yawn fest. It was kind of disappointing. I found myself really trying to skip entire passages where she kind of went on a little too long, and in a painful, not fun to read fashion.

Italy, where are you when I need you?

Italy, was my favorite part of the book, by far. And thanks to Richard in India and a small part to Felipe, I actually finished this book – I doubt I would have otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s amazing that she went on this journey for herself after such a brutal divorce, but I really don’t get how this book is as popular as it is. Did this book inspire me? Yes – it inspired me to find myself a hot Brazilian, if I ever get divorced.

What I enjoyed most in this book are the characters we get to meet, and learning about their culture and traditions and beliefs. But I hate to admit that by the third section, I was kind of, totally bored with the main character herself, which makes it pretty hard to enjoy the book.

So, did I love this section? Nope. Not at all. It almost made me hate the entire book, and I actually had to go back to my earlier posts on Italy and India to see if I even enjoyed those. Although, normally it takes me a few days (sometimes much less if I’m really enjoying the read) to get through a book, this one was dragged on a little too long, which may have also affected my overall love for the book.

I would love to know what you thought about this book. Whether you were part of reading this with me (oh, um, where did you 30+ ladies go?), or have read this book at some point, I would love to know what you thought about Eat, Pray, Love. Do you think it’s fantastic? Life changing? Do you think its totally over hyped?  Leave me a comment below and let me know – I would honestly love to hear what you thought about it.

Also, for anyone that did in fact read the book along with me, (My dear invisible #EatPrayLovers)  feel free to link up your Indonesia/final posts here – or if you’ve ever written about Eat, Pray, Love, please go ahead and link up so I can read your posts about it!

Eat, Pray, Love – India

16th August 2010

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Okay #EatPrayLovers – Next Stop: INDIA

Let me put this out there right away – I am no yogi. I’m not into yoga or meditation, and I don’t practice either, so I really wasn’t sure about this section of the book, and whether I would enjoy it.  It was slow going for me in the beginning, but then came Richard, from Texas, and my enjoyment of this section increased immensely. I may have found Elizabeth Gilbert somewhat annoying in this section, at times, and yet I can’t help but be impressed with her ability to completely embody the Ashram and everything that it could offer her, during the time she was there.

Personally, the idea of sitting and meditating quietly for hours at a time, seems almost painful to me. I know I could never do it. Maybe it’s because I question too much, and I don’t know what I truly believe, in an absolute way. Or maybe it’s because I have what the Buddhists call a “monkey mind”.  Gilbert says,

“You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”

I really couldn’t agree more – she might as well be talking about me. I’m pretty sure my “monkey mind” would be the death of me at the Ashram.

Did I mention how much I loved Richard? Every time he opens his mouth, a gem falls out. I loved his attitude and his perspective. I found his idea of soul mates especially interesting,

“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.”

I’m really fascinated by this line of thinking because it means that either my husband will need to hit the bricks soon, and make room for Colin, or he really isn’t my true soul mate. Luckily for me (and I guess, the husband), I don’t necessarily believe in the concept of soul mates, but that’s a whole other post.

Another passage that I found that I could relate to was this one, as said by Richard,

“If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind … Because if you can’t learn to master your thinking, you’re in deep trouble forever.”

This is SO true – I absolutely agree with every word. Instead of fighting the negative thoughts, you should accept that they exist, deal with them and then “dismiss” them. Obviously it’s a much more complicated process, and this is something I struggle with a lot, because I tend to be that person that keeps all of that inside, and what a relief it would be to not have to do that. There are so many factors that prevent me from being able to sit and really process those thoughts, in order to rid them from my head, and maybe that’s where daily meditation would really come in handy. See that’s where Gilbert is very lucky – she recognized her need to escape, she had the opportunity and she took it. She made the choice to give herself four months to completely devote herself to personal reflection and growth at an Ashram in India, and not many people get that chance. I envy that in her, and marvel at the same time.

I can really appreciate this section of the book for making me think about what it is I really believe in when it comes to relationships, self-understanding, inner peace and God. It’s most definitely a much heftier section then Italy was, and despite finding some of it “painful” to read, it is a memoir, so you definitely have to take that into account.

So, what did you think of India?? Are you reading along? Link up below!!

Eat, Pray, Love – Get Reading Girlies!!

26th July 2010

eat-pray-loveSo I originally posted last week about wanting to finally read Eat, Pray, Love and thought it would be fun to put it out there and see if anyone else wanted to join me and blog along. I was thrilled with the response, and I think it’s great that 29 of you commented, saying that you are in.

So ladies, let’s start reading!! We’re starting with Italy, and we’ve got one week to read the first section, which either means you need to read it quickly, or slow it down, depending on how you read. The plan is to blog about what we thought about each section the following Monday, so we’ll be blogging about Italy on Monday, August 2nd! I will add a linky to the bottom of my post, and hope that you link up so that we can read each other’s thoughts about the book.

Of course, it’s never too late to join us! Just leave a comment below and let me know! I also would love to know what you think about the book being made into a movie and Julia Roberts starring – I suppose it’s only a matter of time before every good and/or popular book is made into a movie starring Julia Roberts.

I suppose having a hashtag to tweet about is very fashionable right now, so how about #BoredMommyBookGirlies or #EatPrayLoveDammit. Yes it’s true – I can’t think of a hashtag that works, while not offending others. Feel free to help me out with a good suggestion below!!

Let’s read people!!

LEGGERE SIGNORES!!

Eat, Pray Love

21st July 2010

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I’m sure at this point you’ve at least heard of this book – Eat, Pray Love – One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Many of you have already read it, perhaps even several times. I actually own it – it’s on my bookshelf, but I haven’t picked it up yet for whatever reason. I tend to buy books in piles, so I’m always behind in my reading. But Gilbert’s book has now been made into a movie starring Julia Roberts, and the fact that I’ve seen the commercial approximately a hundred times, has only reinforced the fact that I would actually like to check this book out for myself.

I tweeted this very thing last night actually, and was surprised to come back this morning with so many responses saying the same thing, so it gave me an idea. Let’s read it together. Leave me a comment below to let me know that you want to join me in reading it. After each section, ITALY – INDIA – INDONESIA, I will blog about it and add a Mr. Linky so you can add your post about what you thought about it as well. At the end of the book, we’ll do a final post with our final thoughts, whether you would recommend, etc. I’m thinking one week for each section, with a post happening each Monday – what do you think?

So, are you in? Let’s start Monday, that will give you time to pick up the book and start reading! Leave a comment below with your name and your blog name and whether you’re in!

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