Saturday, August 28, 2010
Yesterday I went over to my cousin's house to HELP her with her computer, LOL! (I'm not that good w/computers, but she's even more clueless than I am.) After the computer session, she & I then set out to meet up w/a friend of mine to see the movie "Eat, Pray & Love.
OK. I'm not a big Julia Robert's fan, she never acts well enough to 'disappear' into a movie -for me. In fact I would have never gone to this movie of my own volition, but the girls wanted to and I wanted to do something frivolous and fun this week with friends.
The general plot: successful female writer gets unhappy w/her life – gets divorced & embarks on a yearlong trip to Italy, India, and Bali in search of enlightenment or balance or some other ointment to soothe her unease. Julia’s movie star-ness overwhelms the film almost immediately, but I tell myself ‘hey, let it go -they say she gained 10 pounds for the eating scenes in the Italy segment”. I try to let the Julia-ness go, but can’t help but chuckle when she and the other svelte actress decided to embrace their "muffin tops" in Italy and just buy a bigger pair of jeans to wear while they ate. From now on my big 'spare tire' is going to be referred to as a ‘jumbo-muffin-top’ in honor of this segment.
Ohhhhhhhhhhh, but the scenes from Italy were gorgeous! and the food/pasta looked so fresh and delicious. Low-carbers may need to avert their eyes at some of the Italian scenes, because pasta, pizza & wine were gloriously consumed! But world-traveler wanna-bees will be inspired to plan a trip to Italy immediately. I've been to Italy twice and now need to get another Italian fix -ASAP! But the Italian story gave me the strong reminder that preparing simple fresh food and sitting down with friends/family eating delicious meals is not frivolous. You know -who has the time to prepare meals and sit down and eat them with frends/family these days?? BUT! in fact doing this is essential to our very lives -our human spirit!!! Good reminder of how essential eating is to our lives.
The movie shifts to India and the scenes include glimpses of poverty, pollution, filth, but it really highlights the beauty of India: the land, the architecture, the art, even the simple every day clothes worn while working, praying & going about the day; and then of course gorgeous colorful silk fabrics and jewelry worn at a wedding celebration; and an elephant (elephants always make me smile). In India the focus is on prayer & meditative life and lessons learned at an ashram. Now I find the public, repetitive group prayer sessions distasteful, and worry that too many participate in this as a see and be seen activity. I am a more private worshipful individual, so the deep prayerful meditation scenes in beautiful garden surroundings were very meaningful and inspiring. The point being that prayer and meditation are so important to our lives, to help us clearly see the steps that we need to take to improve our lives and the lives of others. Prayer is very essential.
In Bali, the gorgeous views of creation in Indonesia, the plants, flowers, beaches, sea, and sun sets and sun rises were beautiful and inspiring (YES, I now hope to go to Bali before I die). The delicious pictures of land, sky & air, just made me think about the Creator God/Yahweh and his love. His love is all around us. He share’s it freely with us to encourage and inspire us –if/when we open our hearts and mind to it. Likewise, our lives and the environment we improve around us should be full of love and shared with as many as we can. The many expressions of God’s/Yahweh’s love is essential to our life. Likewise -the various expressions of our love to those around us are essential to us growing in love. Down deep we all know that love is essential, but I’m not sure we really realize how deep and all encompassing that love should be; and how essential it is for us to continually love.
How does that Beatle song go? “Love, Love, Love, all you need is love! I agree!
This frivolous and slightly predictable summer movie ended up being a great little reminder to me about how essential and important it is to eat, pray and love. I hope to do more eating, praying and loving from this point forward.