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Dear Ones –
I'm off to Oprah's The Life You Want Tour one last time, here in San Jose, to talk once more about the Hero's Journey — encouraging one more beautiful crowd of souls to answer the call for the own great life's adventure…whatever it may be.
Last night, when I was sitting in the audience listening to Oprah give her testimony about her journey from apartheid-era Mississippi to, well, full-on Oprah-hood, I was pondering the fact that I got to hear her speech 8 times this year. I also got to hear Iyanla Vanzant speak 8 times, and Rob Bell. And every single time I have heard them talk this autumn, I have made the same demand of myself: "LISTEN, Liz. Listen to EVERY SINGLE WORD."
I never sat back and said, "Yeah, yeah…I heard this story already."
I made myself listen with new ears and a fresh heart each time.
I asked myself why the universe might have arranged things such that I would get 8 opportunities to hear these great teachings. All I could come up with for an explanation was this: "You must really need it."
The universe must have been like, "This Gilbert girl ain't gonna learn NOTHING unless she gets the message pounded into her again and again and again…"
So l let it all soak into me, each time anew, with the intention of TRULY learning.
By doing this, I have watched my internal emotional closets get rearranged over the last few months, in ways I didn't even know needed rearranging.
I have absorbed lessons about forgiveness, about spirit, about gratitude, about stubbornness, about grace.
Part of me wishes I could hear it all 8 more times over, but after today it is over…and then it will be down to me to embroider all that wisdom into my own life, and to carry it forward.
I can't wait.
Love to you, and ONWARD,
Dear Ones –
Those of you who know me from this page know that I have a problem with the word "balance", and the pressure that it puts on people these days.
I was able to air my concerns about this word last weekend at Oprah's The Life You Want Tour, and I thought you all might be interested to see it.
And yes, I do mean it: embrace the beautiful mess that you are.
Embrace the beautiful mess that life is, that the world is, that we all are.
You're perfect already,
The Word Women Use As A Weapon Against Themselves
It doesn't have four letters, nor is it considered offensive — but best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert says there's one word we should eliminate from our vocabulary: Balance. During Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend Tour, Gilbert spoke to a live …
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Dear Ones —
Here is the lovely dress I'll be wearing tomorrow at Oprah's The Life You Want Tour in San Jose!
It's my favorite. I've been saving it for the last show. It's my favorite thing I've ever worn, actually. When I put it on, I fall into a kind of trance. I feel like I might faint from its beauty. I love this dress to the brink of idolatry. I think this dress might have magical properties. All the souls of all those embroidered flowers, bursting into life!
Let's not even talk about the red shoes.
(OK, let's talk about them: HOLY HEAVEN, WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT THOSE HOT RED SHOES!!!)
I can't believe the tour is coming to an end.
This whole thing — this whole journey — has been one of the most magnificent and transformative experiences of my life on earth.
Thank you all for sharing in my excitement with me, this whole time.
You are all so lovely. You are all exactly as lovely as this dress. Which is kind of saying a lot, as you can see…
Did I say "relentlessly"?
What I meant was: R-E-L-E-N-T-L-E-S-S-L-Y.
Today's throwback photo…me and (Wayan's daughter) Tutti!
Some of you may remember this dear little person from EAT PRAY LOVE.
The first picture was taken at my birthday party in Bali in 2004, and the second photo was 8 years later, when I visited Bali in 2012.
Sweet, beautiful, amazing wonderful girl!
She's in college now and doing great.
So much love to you all!