Friday, January 30, 2009

An Excerpt for Your Friday

i finally finished the book eat pray love after it's taken me MONTHS to get through it. MONTHS. don't know why because the book was absolutely fantastical (yes, that's an SAT word). my theory as to why is because i went uber crazy for weeks on the twilight series and was so tired of reading, it took me a bit to get back into it. ha.

anyway....in this excerpt from the book, elizabeth is hanging with "richard" from texas who calls her "groceries". she met him at an ashram in india. it's simply. beautiful.

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"But I really loved him.”

“Big deal. So you fell in love with someone. Don’t you see what happened? This guy touched a place in your heart deeper than you thought you were capable of reaching, I mean you got zapped, kiddo. But that love you felt, that’s just the beginning. You just got a taste of love. That’s just limited little rinky-dink mortal love. Wait till you see how much more deeply you can love than that. Heck, Groceries – you have the capacity to someday love the whole world. It’s your destiny. Don’t laugh.”

“I’m not laughing.” I was actually crying. “And please don’t laugh at me now, but I think the reason it’s so hard for me to get over this guy is because I seriously believed David was my soul mate.”

“He probably was. Your problem is you don’t understand what that word means. People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave. And thank God for it. Your problem is, you just can’t let this one go. It’s over, Groceries. David’s purpose was to shake you up, drive you out of that marriage that you needed to leave, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light could get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you had to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master and beat it.”

“….You’re like a dog at the dump, baby – you’re lickin’ at an empty tin can, trying to get more nutrition out of it. And if you’re not careful, that can’s gonna get stuck on your snout forever and make your life miserable. So drop it.”

“If you clear out all that space in your mind that you’re using right now to obsess about this guy, you’ll have a vacuum there, an open spot – a doorway. And guess what the universe will do with that doorway? It will rush in – God will rush in – and fill you with more love than you ever dreamed. So stop using David to block that door. Let it go.”

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5 comments:

Grace said...

I'm all kinds of choked up right now.

One - because I read this book a couple of months ago and it "TOUCHED" me. (I don't say that very often)

And two...well, I'm having my own "soul mate" issues. And I decided just this week to let him go.

I'm going to do it this weekend, and when I do - I'm praying God will rush in and fill that void. Because I think it's my next step in order to make space for that new LIGHT I desire.

Crushed said...

That pasage is SO true!

If only more people thought that!

Really, it sums up exactly how I feel about the whole love thing.

Confessions of a Wandering Soul said...

I love that book :).This is my favourite passage "The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. Thats where you need to go."

Laura said...

This excerpt really touched me. My relationship with a soul mate just ended because he was bad for me. This gives me a more positive way to look at it: instead of the loss, the benefit to me and my future. Thanks.

Elle Lyzette said...

OMG! This is the 3rd time I have been reminded about the book, "Eat Pray Love". I started it last year and never got through it. I, too, read the "Twilight" books and could NOT put them down. I believe it is time to let Twilight rest in my mind and accept other books into my heart. Doesn't mean that I have given up the fantasy of meeting my "Edward" one day.