No matter the order, Elizabeth Gilbert shares her journey of self awareness and no matter the flack, you have to admire her honesty about doing something just for herself. Being married to the wrong person sucks, knowing it, and staying in the marriage just to be a wife is even worse. How many people have the courage to admit they made the hugest mistake in their lifetime and set out to fix it? Not many. Gilbert’s experiences had such a profound effect on her psyche simply because she allowed it to. There were times while reading Eat, Pray, Love that I found myself nodding in agreement, we’ve all been there. Bad relationship, check. Eating too many rich foods so you can’t button your jeans, check. Trying to find spiritual guidance only to be completely bored and distracted, check.
I haven’t gone to Italy to practice being alone, nor have I prayed at an Ashram in India, I don’t own japa malas and I’m always falling in and out of love. After reading Eat, Pray, Love I’m learning it’s okay to be a little strange, express myself even when it’s not acceptable behavior, and experience life however and whenever I feel like it. The message I got from Elizabeth Gilbert was, it’s okay to just be me.
Don’t have time or money to go on a world wind trip of self discovery…you don’t have to. It’s Austin! We have everything you need right here.
Eat – The reason Elizabeth Gilbert ate so well (and with such passion) in Italy is because everything was so fresh. Homemade pasta, freshly picked tomatoes for the sauce, lush cheese pizza right from the brick oven. Austin is known for locally fresh and sustainable foods. Want to indulge? Try Olivia or Whole Foods. The coffee from Central Market is my favorite.
Pray – This is a personal journey, prayer is different for everyone. There are many places to be introspective in Austin, my favorite happens to be Yoga Yoga. There’s nothing like yoga to make you more conscientiously aware of life, your body, your health, and your mind.
Love – Just allow it. Let yourself experience love, with yourself, with others, with life. I just learned that the men in Austin outnumber the women by 3 to 1 so ladies, take your pick.
You can pick up a copy of Eat, Pray, Love for cheap at any Half Price Books or rent the movie for the full visual experience as you journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia.
Need relationship advice? Email me as [email protected] and I’ll answer your questions in my column.