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?