The book’s Chinese edition--一辈子做女孩 did not grab my interest when I heard it for the first time. Because I guess it might be the kind of book which try it’s best to convince a girl of some so called principles to behave more like a girl. Much to my surprise, I absolutely enjoyed its original edition. From the English title—eat pray love and the subtitle --one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia, we could find the slightly difference with the Chinese edition. Actually, the book is telling about a woman’s pursuit of worldly pleasure and spiritual devotion through traveling and meditation. At 32 years old, Elizabeth Gilbert was educated, had a home, a husband, and a successful career as a writer. However, she was unhappy in her marriage, did not want to have a child and often spent the night crying on her bathroom floor. After separating with her husband, she embarked on a rebound relationship which continued for some time but did not work out, leaving her devastated and alone. To get a relief, she decided to have a gap year. Firstly, Liz went to Italy to hide herself from the failure of marriage, she was quite frustrated and puzzled of her future life. Thus she could only find her way out by eating all kinds of delicious cuisines in Italy. Then, after finishing this sort of lower hierarchy of needs, she began to think deeper, about the truth of life. Then, she came to India, and learnt to meditate with Guru, figured out devotion and inner peace with her own experience. At last, in the paradise Bali, Liz eventually fell into a new relationship, and she managed to keep the balance between love and spirituality. The story is quite simple, but each place represents a kind of inner situation of Liz, which witnesses her growth on her way searching for the ultimate truth of life from tears to relief. Three things impressed me most when Liz was in Rome. As a person who has no resist to delicious food, I really envy the delicious cuisines she ate there. I remember as Luca Spaghetti’s birthday falls on Thanksgiving, they ate both American Thanksgiving roast turkey as well as Italy delicacy. The way she ate those spaghetti really makes me hungry. And at the party when they were giving their appreciation to life, one guy said he is so thankful for feeling scary because it is the first time he met a girl who makes him feel scared that she might left him first. It’s really a romantic confession, isn’t it? Another thing is that I got to learn the art of doing nothing from these Italian. Just like many modern people in this society today, we often spend our time to do everything in a rush way. We just ignored the beauty of doing nothing. Actually, the beauty of doing nothing is the goal of all our work, the final accomplishment for which we are mostly highly congratulated. The more exquisitely and delightfully we can do nothing, the higher our life’s achievement. We don’t necessarily need to be rich in order to experience this, either. Because it’s the most common thing exists in everyone’s life. In India, Liz learned the way to get through hard times and she got to know the importance of controlling her thought. As her friend Richard told her, we need to learn how to select our thoughts just the same way we select what clothes we're going to wear every day. This is a power we can cultivate. If we want to control things in our life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing we should be trying to control. Drop everything else but that. If we can't learn to master our thinking, we're in deep trouble forever. Meditation really helps Liz a lot in finding out who she is and where she is going to. As for me, I’ve been meditate since I clearly got to know myself three years ago. Now I’m still on my way of living an inner balanced life. And I feel so grateful for what I own today, what is going to happen tomorrow, who appears in my life to do the whole life work with me. And I’m truly willing to regard everything that happens to me on my journey as a clue, and accept everyone I meet alone the way as a teacher. It’s much easier for me to understand Liz’s frustration and I’m so pleased to see she finally find the way to keep balance. Just like Guru said to Liz, to find the balance we want, we must keep our feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like we have four legs, instead of two. That way we can stay in the world. But we must stop looking at the world through our head. We must look through our heart, instead. As for love, I got a brand new idea about soul mate. Almost everyone want to meet a true soul mate in order to be more secure about we are been loved in this world. We are not alone. And in desperate love we always invent the characters of our partners, demanding that they be what we need of them, and then feeling devastated when they refuse to perform the role we created in the first place. Maybe that’s why people’s relationship always ended up unhappily. People always think a soul mate is our perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows us everything that’s holding us back, the person who brings us to our own attention so we can change our life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person we’ll ever meet, because they tear down our walls and smack us awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? No. that’s too painful. Soul mates, they come into our life just to reveal another layer of ourselves to us, and then they leave. And we should thank God for it. Sometimes all we need to do to go away from an obsession is to accept the fact that we are obsessed with it. Admit that it takes time to go away. Never be ashamed of expressing nice feelings. Never be overly cool to fake feelings, especially those that will hurt people. Let it be and it will finally fade away, no matter how intense it used to be. From Liz, I got to know the significance of treasuring every single moment of our lives and making every minute count with our own experience. Our life is full of ups and downs. We must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation. It is better to live our own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection. Just as Liz, I would rather seize every moment and enjoy it than complain or regret all the time. She also told us the importance to think positively and act energetically. In her another meditation, her friend, Richard, said that, “Someday you’re going to look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing and you were in the best possible place in the world for it - in a beautiful place of worship, surrounded by grace. Take this time, every minute of it.” How beautiful and adorable these sentences are! It makes me feel so relaxed and renewed. I think it is not only a tourism memoir, but a spiritual bath as well.