Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What is your favorite exerpt from a book?

(exerpt from: Eat, pray, love by: Elizabeth Gilbert)

"I keep remembering on of my Guru's teachings about happiness. She says that people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you're fortunate enough. But that's not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don't, you will leak away your innate contentment. It's easy enough to pray when you're in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments."

This paragraph was just one of many insightful things in this book. I am loving it and I hope everyone would have the chance to read it.


mushroommeadows said...

Interesting passage. Prayer IS important. :)

Joy Logan said...

"I felt the wind of the wings of madness" William Styron...on his depression...been there and back a few times!