This weekend was a marathon of movies, “girls love” on CMT. One of those movies happened to be a favorite of mine, Eat, Pray, Love. Not only does this movie have the most breath-taking scenery, it’s a true story and leaves you with some great valuable lessons.
Every time I watch the movie, I hear another piece of advice that I want to rush and write down. The life quotes from Eat, Pray, Love are truly invaluable and worth taking note of. Now, although I wish I could say I wrote down and remembered all the amazing quotes from this movie, I obviously am not that quick. So, thanks to google and goodreads.com, I was able to capture some of the amazing words from this movie to not only keep for myself, but share with you.
Now, don’t let this be the only thing you take from the movie. If you haven’t watched it, carve out some time for yourself, grab the movie, a blanket and a glass of wine and cuddle up in your favorite movie watching place. This is a “must-see” if you are ever needing a little bit of solitude and inspiration in your life.
~ “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 is 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 leave. A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”
~ “This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”
~ “You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.”
~ “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”
~ “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”
~ “When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”
~ “Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.”
~ “In desperate love, we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place.”
~ “There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”
~ “I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”
~ “We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure–your perfection–is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”
~ “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.”
~ “To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have 4 legs instead of 2. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.”
~ “At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”
~ “When the karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It’s safe. Let go.”
~ “There is a reason they call God a presence – because God is right here, right now. In the present is the only place to find Him, and now is the only time.”
~ “I wondered, “Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?”
~ “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. That’s where you need to go.”
~ “I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.”
~ “It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainment.”