martes, 5 de octubre de 2010

Finished reading "Eat Pray Love"

Written by the NY's journalist Elizabeth Gilbert.

Reading some literary critics on the book in The New York Times (written by J.Egan) , I found some really intelligent lines about the whole concept of the book, about the literary talent of the writer and how can a book be beneficial to your soul: " If a more likable writer than Gilbert is currently in print, I haven't found him or her... Gilbert's prose is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible, and makes the reader only too glad to join the posse of friends and devotees who have the pleasure of listening in."

One of my favorite parts of the book is the final one, where Liz is living in Bali (Indonesia) for 4 months (although she's gotta pay 100$ to a corrupt policeman to have her visa for 4 months, instead of just 1 month, as it is the law there). She finds great friends there and a lover too.
One of the true friends she discovers is the old medicine-man, Ketut.
She is to him more as a companion, rather than a "student" learning some mystical Balinese meditation techniques.
In one of the pages (pp 333),it is described a meditation method against nightmares!!!

"Purpose of meditation is only happiness and peace - very easy. Today I will teach a new meditation, make you even better person. Is called Four Brothers Meditation." (Ketut)

Then, Liz go on explaining that : " The Balinese believe that we are each accompanied at birth by four invisible brothers, who come into the world with us and protect us throughout our lives. When the child is in the womb, her four siblings are even there with her - they are represented by the placenta, the amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord and the yellow waxy substance that protect an unborn baby's skin. When the baby is born, the parents collect as much of these extraneous birthing materials as possible, placing them in a cocconut shell and burying it by the front door of the family's house. According to the Balinese, this buried coconut is the holy resting place of the four unborn brothers, and that spot is tended to forever, like a shrine. The brothers inhabit the 4 virtues a person needs in order to be safe and happy in life: intelligence, friendship, strength and poetry. The brothers can be called upon in any critical situation for rescue and assistance. When you die, your four spirit brothers collect your soul and bring you to heaven..."

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