Monday, July 4, 2016

Gratitude and the Hero/Heroine's Journey

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 She doesn't call it that, but I believe this passage from Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love is a perfect description of the hero/heroine's journey fueled by the practice of gratitude (highlighted in yellow).

She states:

"I've come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call "The Physics of The Quest" — a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity or momentum.

And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this:
If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments)
and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally),
and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, 
 and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher
and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself... 
then truth will not be withheld from you.
Or so I've come to believe."

 If you haven't read Eat, Pray, Love or her newer book Big Magic: Creative Living beyond Fear, they are both incredible reads.

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