Eat Pray Love, a memoir of an American writer Elizabeth Gilbert, documents her calling where she heals, finds tranquility, and restores the once unbalanced life as she sets foot on the journey of self-discovery. Her quest takes her around the globe once she puts an end to her unhappy marriage. Her adventures throughout her trip bring in painful yet transformative lessons while unleashing resonating truths that were hidden under a rock. As she travels, she retrieves the true delight of eating in Italy, discovers the power of prayer in India, and finally obtains unsolicited inner peace and a perfectly balanced love in Bali.
Here are 5 things that this beautiful, languid travelogue can teach or even remind Generation Z about life –
It’s Okay To Miss Someone – It’s okay to miss or even love someone who’s not a part of your life anymore. If you ever start to reminisce about someone who’s not around, send them some positivity and good vibrations and know that it’s okay to feel emotions. However, these thoughts don’t have to spiral into bouts of obsessive feelings or negativity. What you give your energy is what you attract, so fill your heart with love, and see how the Universe sends heaps of love your way.
It’s Never Too Late – Though it’s impossible to go back and change things, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. If you’re feeling lost, it’s okay to press the restart button and change directions, and it’s okay to do it again. When it comes to love, it’s alright if love hasn’t shown up at your door yet, or even if it did, and you opened the door to someone who was not the one you were waiting for, it’s okay to shut the door again.
Ask And You Shall Receive – In the movie, her hopelessness brought her to her knees, she prayed with all her heart, and she received. Build a healthy connection with God, the Universe, or your higher power. Be willing to talk to them when you’re overflowing with emotions and just trust. Acknowledge that they’re around and guiding you at all times. Ask, let go and look for a sign.
The Art Of Giving – Elizabeth’s contribution to the young Indian girl, was the selfless act of dedicating her prayers to her. Indulge in the act of kindness, appreciation someone, help someone who is in need, be altruistic. Remember that what you put out is what comes back to you.
Forgive Yourself – Forgiveness may not come smoothly for everyone, but the only kind of forgiveness that matters is the forgiveness that dwells in your own heart. Don’t wait for someone to forgive you, the moment you forgive yourself is when you can release yourself from the pain. Self-compassion is what will allow you to learn as you grow and help you become the best version of yourself.
Lessons from “Eat, Pray, Love “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 as a teacher … and if you are prepared, most of all, to forgive some challenging realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” ~ Liz Gilbert
The most important lesson of the movie Eat, Pray, Love is the drawing given my Ketut to Liz, if understood then it is the bliss of life.