Zone Fitness Eat, Pray, Self-love: Elizabeth Gilbert

Liz Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love is a deeply personal memoir, that chronicles her personal journey to find true love and happiness.

Turning thirty-one, Gilbert thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. But, instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a painful divorce, quit her job and after a failed rebound-relationship, fell into a devastating depression. She battled with feelings of great loss and emptiness and found herself in a place where she was utterly confused about what was important to her and had lasting meaning in her life

Leaving it all behind, Liz embarked on a journey alone around the world, in pursuit of self-discovery. Eat, Pray, Love is a candid, humorous and often self-indulgent account of how the author sets out to explore three different aspects of Liz’s nature. She travels to Italy to learn the language, revel in the cuisine and the dolce vita. She then finds spiritual devotion in India, where she learns to meditate in an ashram. Her journey then takes her to Indonesia where she reconnects with a healer in Bali. Here she finds a happy balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She finally finds the inner peace and balance of true love she had been searching for in Indonesia.

The message of self-love and self-acceptance struck a chord with readers and the book, published in 2006 and with over 10 million copies now in print, remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for over three years. The film adaptation starred Julia Roberts in the lead role. Although critics slammed the film as superficial and cliched, it was a box office earning $204.6 million worldwide, against a $60 million budget.

Eat, Pray, Love is an easy weekend or holiday read and is available at most bookstores as well as on Kindle.