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Monday, September 13, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love, Nap

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Elizabeth Gilbert's best selling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love. It's about a divorced woman who spends a year of soul-searching in Italy, India and Bali. I've not seen the movie with Julia Roberts but I doubt whether it's as good as the book. After finishing the book, I was beset with a compelling desire to visit an ashram in India as Gilbert did, don a sari, cast all my worldly worries aside and immerse myself in solitary meditation for months on end...in an effort to discover the real meaning of my own mind, body and spirit. Iconic photos of the Beatles flashed in my head...John, Paul, George and Ringo...clad in Nehru jackets with auras of hashish smoke drifting above them, gleaning the secrets of life along with tips for playing the sitar at the feet of some long-bearded, wizened, old codger who resembled Ghandi. It all sounded so...quixotically mesmerizing and exotically self-absorbing. 

Then I started to visualize what it would actually be like...hunkering down in an Indian ashram...which is a tranquil, secluded place for spiritual enlightenment. Reality quickly set in: Sitting crossed-legged for hours on a hard stone surface. I haven't sat cross-legged since 1989. 120 heat and a steamy 320 degree humidity. Sort of like being roasted alive. Creepy, crawly things wiggling and flying over and about me. Sweat dripping into every miniscule pore of my body. Similar to bathing in the Ganges River. Reciting a mantra over and over and over and over. I can't even remember my cell phone number. Not to mention, that the privilege of sitting on your butt and doing absolutely nothing in an ashram costs thousands of dollars. Oh and I'd need to hire my own personal guru to help me master the exquisite art of meditation. Mo' money. Mo' money.

Don't get me wrong. I know people who do this sort of thing and I'm not mocking them. Really I'm not. I admire their tenacity, their inner calmness and their proclivity for transcendental self-exploration. In many ways I wish I could follow this kind of spiritual quest. But I simply do not have the patience. My gosh, I don't even knit.

So after careful consideration, a couple glasses of wine, some fast calculating and a distaste for all things hot, humid and crawling...I decided that an ashram in India is not for me after all. But I have uncovered a personal self-truth. The way for me to pursue my own sense of peace, harmony and tranquility is with a good, old-fashioned...afternoon nap. Pure blissful luxury and it's free. No guru required. Sphere: Related Content

23 comments:

ReformingGeek said...

I'm joining you in that nap.

I would most likely nap thru the movie.

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Too true!

Coffeypot said...

I watched her on You Tube and thought how fortunate you can do all that without worrying about paying bills and kids. If I want spiritual enlightenment, I will go to the child’s cancer ward. There is strength, love and loyalty. Then I'll get a chick and get laid.

KeLLy aNN said...

It seems, you had the answer all along!

covnitkepr1 said...

I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now (Aug 20)and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

And yes...naps are wonderful and they are free. Think I'll go take one.

Nick said...

Thanks for the visit. I like your writing style. Very readable.
Yes, you know you're getting old when you can't cross your legs for more than 30 seconds without pulling 'something.'

Ohh, I loved the Peter Allen clip -a fellow Aussie. He had a great song called "I Still Call Australia Home": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDLXdUnd-3o

richies said...

After the wonderful way you described the possibilities, It's no wonder that the Beatles could only take so much meditation.

An Arkies Musings

Jo said...

I'm with you on the NAP,YES!,can't beat it!
I'm new follower!
Thank You so much for visiting me @ LazyonLoblolly,your visit and your sweet comment is so appreciated,please drop back by anytime.
~JO

Sofia Sandoval said...

I enjoyed your post. I'm also working my way through Eat, Love, And Pray. I still have to read all about Indonesia. It also makes me want to take a year off as a sabbatical and do the things I want. I saw the movie and it's not as good of course. I love how the book is a lot more spiritual. I want to read more books like it.

Miley (woman:confused) said...

I had to sit cross legged in my Yoga class the other day. Oh yea, and I have to take Yoga to get my degree in Social Work (go figure). I was DYIN'! WHO thinks that's awesome?
Plus, I'm in Texas so it's like 90 INSIDE, ya know? I can totally relate to the sentiment!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! :D

Sue said...

Love it! And I think you are right on.

=)

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

Thoroughly enjoying your blog. Thanks for visiting mine too.

Cheryl said...

Did you know that there's no toilet paper at most ashrams in India.

Just sayin...

An English Shepherd said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :-)

Yes it must be easy to 'find' yourself if you don't have to worry about how you are going to pay the next bill!

Wizz :-)

Donda said...

Yeah, I would be chill with a glass(es) of wine and a nap. Maybe watch the movie since I love Julia.

Mike said...

Hi Boomer! You forgot to mention that your average ashram smells like a Marine Corps latrine at noon. Good post.

Lynn said...

Naps are great! Completely with you there! But I didn't like E,P, & L. Loved reading about the places she went to, but not so much the author (but, she's probably lovely); however, I heard Julia is excellent in the movie!!

Marla said...

Ok, this was really funny!!

WhisperingWriter said...

That was an enjoyable movie but I don't need to travel to those places. Well, maybe Italy. For the food.

Toyin O. said...

Nothing like a great nap.

http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com

Joanne said...

That was good. It's so true that the concept is always so much more romantic than the reality. But the nap? That's some gooood reality!

florajune said...

You're funny. Write more.
florajune

Anonymous said...

Agree completely. The realities of such a journey are more likley to involve distracting creepy crawly things, outside toilets and uncomfortable heat and sitting surfaces. The movie is more about self absorbtion than anything and another hollywood fantasy. Expand your mind and celebrate life by helping someone and cut the drama. As for Yoga - dont think so. Yogurt, maybe, especially with fresh blueberries. Then nap time. Oh yeah, baby.

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