by Elizabeth Gilbert
In Eat, Pray, Love, a fragile, recently divorced Elizabeth Gilbert set out on a transformational journey. Gilbert ate her way through Italy, prayed her way through India and Bali, and in the process fell in love with life anew.
In Big Magic, Gilbert has things figured out. She calls us to mindfulness. To quiet our fears and self-protecting ego; to be open and trusting of ourselves and the universe; to make space for life’s paradoxes; to forgive, with as little drama as possible, our personal failures and our society’s petty concerns. Walk placidly amid the noise and haste and create, is her mantra. Happiness, Gilbert observes, lies in the creative process. We achieve fulfillment, flow and eudaimonia when we create.