Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia (Unabridged) (Audio) by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert needed a year to get back her equilibrium after a messy divorce. Since she’d gotten some answers to life’s questions from her guru, she decided to spend a third of that year in India at her guru’s ashram. A few years earlier, Gilbert had been to Bali writing a magazine article about spa vacations. While she was there, she connected with a healer who expressed his wish that she come back to help him with his English in trade for teaching her his way to meditate. He also prophesied that she would find love there in Indonesia. She definitely needed to spend a third of her sabbatical year in Indonesia. The years of depression leading up to Gilbert’s divorce, left her feeling physically depleted. She had been taking language lessons in Italian and decided that her remaining third of a year would be spent indulging in the beautiful language and tasty food of Italy.
It is remarkable how little time it can take to get your groove back when you practice mindful relaxation and acceptance of abundance. After a year of focusing on “I” (Italy, Indonesia, and India) Gilbert found she was able to rejoin the community of “we.”
I loved the author’s narration of her exploits and relationships through this year of wonder. I vicariously experienced her large meals, resplendent journeys and supportive friends and family and felt like I’d taken my own sabbatical from real life while listening to this astounding audiobook. I highly recommend “Eat, Pray, Love” to anyone needing to take a break.