Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Eat, Pray, Love - Update

As previously mentioned, I am reading a book called Eat, Pray, Love and as promised here's an update.
There are 3 sections to the book, Italy (eat), India (pray), and Indonesia (love) I'm currently reading the Pray part where she (Elizabeth Gilbert - the author) is in India.
So I'm reading the other night and a certain part just strikes me as such an interesting definition/theory.....let me explain....
The girl who wrote this book was crazy in love with a guy named David but they had a terrible love/hate relationship. They loved each other so much, but every time they tried to make their relationship work, it ended up being a disaster. So now she's met this guy in India named Richard from Texas :) (they are JUST friends) And this is what he's telling her a soul mate is....oh and he calls her Groceries (that's a whole other explanation)

Richard says:
"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 they leave. Thank God for it."
Then he goes on to say to her.....
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 you 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. That was his job, and he did great, but now its over. Problem is you can't accept that this relationship had a real short shelf life.
The last part isn't really part of his definition/theory but I like that he's giving her heck for not accepting that it's over.
So yeah, that's how far I am. And loving it! Will keep you posted with more updates :)

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