Eat Pray Love is a New York Times Bestseller and there are over five million copies of this book in print. I don't usually read non-fiction, preferring to lose myself in make-believe, but I am a sucker for travel stories.
Elizabeth Gilbert, the author, goes through a horrible divorce, decides she needs to find herself and reconcile her need to become closer to God yet also enjoy worldly pleasures. This journey begins in Italy to learn the language and savour the food, then it's on to meditation and yoga in India, her year long sojourn ending in Bali, Indonesia to meet up with a traditional Balinese healer.
Gilbert writes with a lot of intelligence, honesty and self-deprecating humour. She has a knack for bringing to life her experiences which makes me salivate imagining how the pizzas in Naples taste, making me want to go meditate in a cave in India (without the floor scrubbing of course), and live in a tiny cottage in Ubud, Bali for a few months. I loved reading about the characters she met and how they impacted her life. I'm glad that she discovered what it was that she wanted to find. What this book also does is make you think about your own journey. I'm the same age she was when she began this 'pilgrimage' of hers. I'm thinking of my own journey, perhaps not as exciting as hers, but also a journey towards a more meaningful life. Definitely a more spiritual life, to be more present, grateful and joyful.