(roses from the garden, a very old scarf of mine
from long ago travels and...one amazing book!)
Can I just say that when a friend of mine recommended this book to me years ago...I simply devoured it? Besides the writing being so honest + witty + delicious + funny +...in so many ways...this is my story!!! I spent so much of my twenties with wings on my feet; I had serious wanderlust! Never mind that if an Indian woman isn't married and bearing children by the time she's oh! 20 (!!!), shes' over the hill. I had other ideas. People thought I was being self indulgent, selfish or just... weird. I was completely okay with that:) In between trying to run away from mySELF + finding mySELF + mending my soul +...I lived in an ashram, went on a pilgrimage to India, spent a summer in New Orleans and took all sorts of wrong turns and detours that turned out to be...exactly where I was supposed to be! I am so glad I never married early because I am 100% certain that I would of ended up plain old miserable.
(Awakening to the fullness of herSELF, Archival prints available here!!)
Anyways...Tim rented the movie Eat, Pray, Love for me this weekend. I had so wanted to see it last summer but ...just couldn't fit it in with Tara. Usually movies disappoint me after the book-but I must say that I loved it! The only complaint I have about the movie is this. How could Julia Roberts eat all that pasta and pizza and ...those pastries... and still be so skinny??? I gained 10 lbs just reading the book! I'm not kidding either!
Anyways. There is a line at the end of the movie that really resonated with me. It's when the old, 9th generation Balinese medicine man Ketut says to Liz "Sometimes in life, we must be unbalanced in love to be balanced in life". I think that's the same with all aspects of our lives. I wrote a post where I was struggling/striving for balance just a short while ago but now I see that, in life, things are often unbalanced and...that's okay. Its the inner intention and clarity that matters. A person can appear to be outwardly balanced but...absolutely miserable because they are not living from their core, from their heart. And the opposite can be true as well. It doesn't matter what others think of the lives we are living; that's for us to decide. That Ketut...he's a wise old man:)