My daughter and I went to see the movie, Eat, Pray and Love, after reading  Elizabeth Gilbert's book. Last year I attended the Washington Cathedral's speakers program to enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert share her thoughts, reflections and life AFTER the book was published. Elizabeth was very enlightening and entertaining.    

The movie opens with breath-taking, ethereal vistas of terraced rice fields.

 The beautifully shot film transported  me back to Bali. We were very fortunate to  spend time with the people of Bali.  Our favorite village of Ubud was where Eat, Pray and Love was filmed. Serendipitously, as we closed our stay in Ubud, Julia Roberts was just arriving to film the movie.

While sitting in the theater, brewing in the back of my mind was doing three separate photo essays very very loosely based on the theme of Eat, Pray and Love. This is the first and I start with "Pray." It is a JOY to share glimpses into the devotional practices, which are seamlessly woven into every waking hour of the very open-hearted Balinese people.

The Balinese temple- a sacred space- deities honored with rituals and offerings.

Quietly tucked away moments to worship in silence.
Spiritual footprints of devotional prayers.

The Holiness of water

Villagers dressed in best clothing, cleansed, prepared to present offerings to the Temple.
May our World know moments of Peace, Contentment and Equality of Life.


  1. Beautiful, just beautiful. I need to travel the world more! That is a benefit I have at my work and sadly dont use it. What took you to Bali? Did you travel with Howard?

    As far as the book goes, I have not read it. I did see the movie and loved seeing parts of the world I have no experience with personally. But the movie left me feeling a bit discouraged with her in the end. Perhaps the book tied it all up much better? What are your thoughts?



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