I found it to be incredibly inspiring. It really made me think about the delicate balance we all try to develop in life. And it further proved to me that most things we do....need to have a spiritual element to create that balance. A spiritual relationship with food, with prayer, with love. There was a line in the movie that said "Americans know entertainment but they do not know pleasure". So true. We work ourselves to the bone. Run ourselves completely out of steam. And on our days off....we're still working. Laundry, dishes etc...or we are lounging in front of the TV or browsing Facebook. I am incredibly guilty of this (see past blogs on American Idol, Teen Mom, everything Jon Hamm....you get the picture). How often do we stop. Just pause. In the middle of a meal to really enjoy what we are eating. When we have a quiet moment. How often do we "meditate"? I use the term meditate lightly because I am the most easily distracted person of all time. I've paused at least 3 times during writing this to see what was on TV. But I think we need to take that time. To learn about ourselves and to create a healthy relationship with ourselves, with God, with food, with others.
Something to think about as we all busily finish out the remainder of our week. Take time, pause, meditate. Even if it's just for 5 minutes. Try to shut the world and thoughts out. Just be peaceful. I'm going to try and I hope you all will as well.
In the end, I've come to believe in something I call "The Physics of the Quest." A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you're brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.- Liz Gilbert: Eat, Pray, Love