By Elizabeth Gilbert

“One Woman 's Search for Everything”

Italy ‘Say it Like You eat it’ or Thirty-six Tales About The Pursuit Of Pleasure

Chapter1: eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert

opens with Elizabeth Gilbert in Rome, wishing that Giovanni would kiss her, but also dreading it.

They meet regularly to practice each other's language. In her mid-thirties, emotionally brittle following a terrible divorce and a failed affair, Liz has sworn herself to temporary celibacy, to find healing and peace through solitude. She goes up to her studio apartment alone, offering a prayer of thanks at not being tempted. Liz's story begins on her knees in her bathroom three years earlier, sobbing about her six-year marriage and the looming duty of motherhood. Liz refuses to share with the reader the joys and sorrows of the failing marriage or how it had come about, concentrating instead on the novel experience...

India ‘Congratulation to meet you’ or Thirty-six Tales About The Pursuit Of Devotion

Chapter2: eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert

opens with Liz likening her coming to the Ashram to the introduction of a new chicken to the coop, at night while the hens are asleep and do not notice any change.

She lands in Mumbai at 1:30 AM, on 30 December 2003, and a taxi deposits her at the temple at 3:30. For the first time in four months Liz tries out her mantra, "Om Namah Shivaya" ("I honor the divinity that resides within me"). Italy seems far away. Yoga (Sanskrit for "union") is not just bending exercises, but includes seeking God through meditation, scholarly study, the practice of silence, devotional services, and mantras (sacred words). Its practices can bring one closer to any deity. The yogic path helps disentangle things that keep...

Indonesia ‘Even in My underpants I Feel Different’ Or Thirty Tales About The Pursuit of Balance

Chapter3: eat pray love by Elizabeth Gilbert

opens with Liz knowing only that her contact lives in a village near Ubud. She takes a taxi, checks into a hotel and feels instantly adored...

She bonds with Mario, who loves all things Italian, knows Ketut Liyer, and drops everything to speed her, unannounced, to Ketut's. Liz has no idea what to say. Ketut looks the same but does not recall their previous meeting. Only when Liz says that she is a book-writer from New York does he show recognition and joy. He says that she looks different: no longer worried, but happy and pretty, and produces a pile of letters from abroad about his artwork for Liz to answer. He has married, and his heavyset...

Created: May 13, 2006

“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.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert

E LIZABETH GILBERT was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1969, and grew up on a small family Christmas tree farm. She attended New York University, where she studied political science by day and worked on her short stories by night. After college, she spent several years traveling around the country, working in bars, diners and ranches, collecting experiences to transform into fiction.

These explorations eventually formed the basis of her first book – a short story collection called PILGRIMS, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and which moved Annie Proulx to call her “a young writer of incandescent talent”.

During these early years in New York, she also worked as a journalist for such publications as Spin, GQ and The New York Times Magazine. She was a three-time finalist for The National Magazine Award, and an article she wrote in GQ about her experiences bartending on the Lower East Side eventually became the basis for the movie COYOTE UGLY.

In 2000, Elizabeth published her first novel, STERN MEN (a story of brutal territory wars between two remote fishing islands off the coast of Maine) which was a New York Times Notable Book. In 2002, Elizabeth published THE LAST AMERICAN MAN – the true story of the modern day woodsman Eustace Conway. This book, her first work of non-fiction, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Elizabeth is best known, however for her 2006 memoir EAT PRAY LOVE , which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce. The book was an international bestseller, translated into over thirty languages, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. In 2010, EAT PRAY LOVE was made into a film starring Julia Roberts. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.

Elizabeth Gilbert

eat pray love

To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.

Elizabeth Gilbert

eat pray love

You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.

Elizabeth Gilbert

eat pray love