Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do you Eat Pray Love?

post by Jennifer Carter

My best friend recommended the book Eat Pray Love to me a year or two ago, and like so many of my good intentions, I bought the book and then put it on a shelf...for about a year or two. So when the movie came out last week, I decided it was time to find out what all the buzz was about. In what I recognize now as Liz Gilbert style, I went to see it soltanto--all by myself. I've been on a bit of an Eat Pray Love kick ever since, and finally started reading the book.

I came across an article on CNN.com yesterday about how to Eat Pray Love in the good old US of A (I'm going with Jenny's trend recognizing all the best nouns are verbs these days). The article said to Eat in New Orleans, which I'm not sure I'm quite ready to do just yet, and Love in Hawaii, because it's romantic. Quite frankly, if I'm going to be on a plane that long, I may as well be going to Italy! Interestingly, though, it said to Pray in Colorado, specifically at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes.

I visited the Shambhala Center a few years ago as a surprise for my then-boyfriend's birthday. It was snowing and freezing, but it was still a warm experience for both of us. And the food was terrific. At that time though, I had barely been introduced to the idea of meditation. The friend who recommended the book to me eventually tried it out and also said I should give it a whirl, but it's still somewhat of a foreign concept to me...much like yoga, though I have actually tried a class or two of that.

Meditation seems like a challenging practice to me, so I would love to hear if others do it and how it works--does it improve your ability to write?



Patricia Stoltey said...

I visited the Shambhala a few years ago with a Senior Center group. Also visited the working farm run by the Benedictine nuns at the Abbey of St. Walburga. There's something about the quiet in those places that makes meditation and thought a different kind of experience, almost as if we "shouldn't try this at home."

Yes, I meditate from time to time, often a walking meditation. The process relieves stress, and often helps me solve a problem by shutting down "busy brain" and allowing me to focus on one thing at a time.


Eric W. Trant said...

I go in my mind to the CO mountains often. I haven't explored them as much as I'd like, but I have explored them enough to agree that there is something magical about em. I'd wager that only the Montana/Wyoming plains would be as meditationally magical, and maybe the Canadian and Alaskan wildernesses.

I've tried for years and years to master the art of meditation. I haven't tried very hard -- about like someone who says they need to lose 30lbs, then they gain 20 and need to lose 50lbs, you know the drill.

I'm not good at it, but I sure would love to be good at meditation. Maybe I'll try a little harder from now on... maybe I'll stop by the mountains next time I'm in CO (hopefully soon).

- Eric

Helen Ginger said...

Can't help you with meditation. I've tried it, but I always end up thinking more about how uncomfortable I am sitting in whatever crazy position I'm put in than thinking of soothing thoughts and improving my inner self.

Name: Luana Krause said...

I don't meditate in the Eastern tradition. I practice Christian meditation, which is listening to God through the Scriptures and His amazing creation.

I do yoga, which I love! Afterwards my body feels so alive and refreshed.

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