Sometimes life hits us with something unexpected that sends our world crashing down and knocks us to the very core of our soul. Honestly though, why wouldn’t it? The universe knows that everything can’t always go as planned and things can’t always be rosy (regardless of how much we plan, hope and want).
It takes more than a brave heart and fearless mind to be a thirty-something woman in this day and age and sometimes… just sometimes… we need a little reminder of the beauty this life still holds. You see dear reader, the thing is… while the world can break down a woman temporarily, a truly strong woman will always find a way to pick up the pieces, rebuild herself and come back even stronger than ever.
If ever there is a time when I need a little reminding of the magic in my soul… I pull out my copy of Eat Pray Love and seek refuge. Here are 30 of the best Eat Pray Love quotes to inspire and perhaps remind you how to live fearlessly and magically.
“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.”
“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”
“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.”
“Learn your way around loneliness. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”
“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.”
“Everyone makes their own path, and I must make mine.”
“If faith were rational, it wouldn’t be – by definition – faith. Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark. If we truly knew all the answers in advance as to the meaning of life and the nature of God and the destiny of our souls, our belief would not be a leap of faith and it would not be a courageous act of humanity; it would just be… a prudent insurance policy.”
“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.”
“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”
“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.”
“Do not apologize for crying.”
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.”
“To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”
“If you clear out all of that space in your mind you would have a door way.”
“You make some big grandiose decision about what you need to do, or who you need to be, and then circumstances arise that immediately reveal to you how little you understood about yourself.”
“We call it ‘dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing.
“That’s the thing about a human life-there’s no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.”
“I was full of a hot, powerful sadness and would have loved to burst into the comfort of tears, but tried hard not to, remembering something my Guru once said — that you should never give yourself a chance to fall apart because, when you do, it becomes a tendency and it happens over and over again. You must practice staying strong, instead.”
“Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing…”