I love words. Happiness for me is reading a well-written piece such as Eat Pray Love. At the onset, I wanted to write a review of the book but scrap the idea as I was starting this entry. I believe that any review that I will write will not in any way give justice to this book’s being. You have to read it and get totally immerse into it to actually understand the message that this writer wants to come across. To me every tale rings with truth just because it happened to her, as the cliche goes, she’s been there and done that. It is written simply and sincerely as any woman would want her story to be told.
I am still in Book Two (India) and I am lovingly savoring each page and in no way in a hurry to reach the last and final chapter. Elizabeth Gilbert took me for a ride and I am not ready to get off just yet. I am still enjoying the experiences through her words and through her eyes. I have this little black book where I write down lines, passages, and quotes that inspire me or struck a chord inside me. From this book alone, I’ve written quite a lot. That’s what I would like to share here. May you be inspired by them as I am. May it touch your being, the way it has touched mine…
To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. 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.
From the center of my life came a great fountain
Never forget that once upon a time, in an unguarded moment, you recognize yourself as a friend.
the beauty of doing nothing
the art of making something out of nothing
Let’s cross over
yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough- but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository
Even in the Eternal City says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for rioutous and endless waves of transformation
I honor the divinity that resides within me (Om Namah Shivaya)
Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen
If you yearn sincerely enough for a Guru, you will find one. The universe will shift, destiny’s molecule will get themselves organized and your path will soon intersect with the path of the master you need.
Take seroiously. Make punctual. Be cool and easy. Remember, everything you do, you do for God. And everything God does, He does for you.
Prayer is the act of talking to God, while meditation is the act of listening to Him.
You are what you think you are. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts and you are the slaves of your emotions.
There is a reason why 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.
At some point you gotta let go and sit still and allow contentment to come to you.
Look for God like a man with his head on fire looks for water.
A true soulmate 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. Soul mates, they come into your life to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then they leave. And thank God for it.

Prayer is a relationship: half the job is mine. Half the benefit of prayer is in the asking itself, in the offering of a clearly posed and well considered intention.
Destiny is a play between divine grace and willful effort. Half of it you have no control over; half of it is absolutely in your hands, and your actions will show measurable consequences. Man is neither entirely the puppet of Gods, nor is he entirely the captain of his own destiny; he’s a little of both. We gallop through our lives like circus performers balancing on two horses, speeding side by side–one foot is on the horse called “fate”, the other one on the horse called “free will”.
When karma of a relationship is done, only love remains. It’s safe. Let go.
When the past has passed from you at last, let go. Then climb down and begin the rest of your life. With great joy.
God dwells within you as you yourself, exactly the way you are.
You may return here once you have fully come to understand that you are always here.
The hub of calmness–that’s your heart. That’s where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you’ll always find peace.
Happiness is a consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes you must 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.
God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now.
To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.
All the pain of a human life is caused by words, as is all the joy. We create words to achieve our experience and those words bring attendant emotions that jerk us around like dogs on a leash. We get seduced by our own mantras.
In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you , forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.

P.S. I am finally done with the book. Thank you for the ride Liz. It was great travelling with you. Now, I better get on with my own journey.:)

About Me

I am better known as Nan’s widow, Bianca Angela’s mom, and Woodrose’s Mrs. Dela Cruz.  I am a full time teacher and mentor, a freelance writer for various print and online publications, a marathoner, and a curator of inspiring faith stories.
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