Last night I went to see Eat Pray Love with some friends. Like a lot of women, I resonated with this book so much when I read it. There's something about Liz Gilbert's honesty about her own psychosis that I find incredibly refreshing. There were a lot of moments when I read it that I thought, "Thank God, someone else in the world is as nuts as I am."
Say what you want about the film--whether or not it captured the book, what it left out, etc.--but what I felt as I watched is was, "This is not bullshit. This woman actually picked up her life and went on this journey, and it was hard as hell. But it was also beautiful and transforming. And in the end, she discovered wholeness." Sure, it's a romanticization of the book, which is of course a romanticization of her journey, but still, the essence of it all is based in reality. And what I want more than anything is what she found: wholeness.
The moment I am recalling most vividly is when she's at the ashram in India and she confesses how much she misses her 28-year-old yogi lover back in New York. Richard from Texas, never one for sugarcoating the truth, replies in a somewhat annoyed tone, "So miss him. Send him light and love every time you think of him, then drop it."
My eyes well up just thinking about it. It's a beautiful thought--go ahead and miss the person whom you love. Send them every good wish, the love of the universe even, and then...let go.
So, dear SCL, I do miss you. I miss you with an intensity I didn't know was possible. And rather than trying not to miss you, I will feel the loss and the pain of your absence. And I send you light and love--all good wishes and good thoughts. I wish you happiness and deep, deep joy.
I'm still not sure what it means to let go of that, but I am sure it will come.
love it! sending you love and light as well.ReplyDelete
I think that's pretty great of you to still wish him good things. Definitely a mature way to go about things.ReplyDelete
Like livin wide, I'm sending you lots of love and light!
Krysten--Well, I'm no Buddhist monk, but I do think sending good things to SCL is just as much about my own inner peace and sense of wholeness as it is about my care for him.ReplyDelete
A little different but I was reminded of John Cusack's character in "High Fidelity" when he gets advice from Bruce Springsteen on how to let go of his past loves.ReplyDelete
tube link here for the clip:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibzT-zoJOIY
I really want to go see that movie. I'm glad that it's helping you as well.ReplyDelete
I need to go see that movie & read the book! I'm so behind, haha. I love the blog! :]ReplyDelete
Hope you realize Gilbert was given an advance to travel so she could write that book. She didn't pick up anything, she was basically paid to travel for a year.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the book and also the movie. I believe many people could relate with that quote on missing someone. Trust you have a good heart for wishing him well.ReplyDelete
I am also sending someone light and love that I miss and it is a way to heal yourself as well and open your heart. It's truly healing and you're going to be a better, more kind-hearted person because of it!ReplyDelete