EAT PRAY LOVE & Soulmates

July 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm in Books & Entertainment by Dr.She

I know this was discussed in December but I had not read the book yet.

Last Saturday I spent a delicious day reading Eat Pray Love. Elizabeth Gilbert has written a delightful memoir that is a must read. Author Gilbert finds herself anchorless after a divorce of a long term marriage and the sporatic ending of a relationship with her soulmate, David. In a way that can only be read to understand, Elizabeth finds herself through food, prayer, and love again in Italy, India, and Indonesia.

Having experienced a relationship with a soulmate personally, I found myself drawn to and agreeing with Author Gilbert’s definition. In chapter 48 she writes:

“People think a soulmate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soulmate 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 soulmate is probably the most important person that you will ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soulmate forever? Nah, Too painful. Soulmates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself and then they leave.”

I believe this definition to be correct. I just wish I had thought about it sooner. It would have saved me a lot of grieving. Maybe I need a three-country hiatus.

What is your opinion about soulmates? 

/s/ Doc

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