To protect the sacred place where she grows spiritually in India, Elizabeth Gilbert withholds this place's name, saying only that it is a two-hour taxi ride from the Mumbai (Bombay) airport.
Gili Meno Island
A tiny, pristine island off Lombok to the east of Bali, Gili Meno attracts Elizabeth Gilbert for a ten-day retreat of absolute silence. It is her ultimate truth and reconciliation hearing. She walks the circumference of the island morning and night, feeling lonely and a failure, envies the couples she sees, and laughs at one little kid who pesters her every day to make her shoo him off. On the ninth day, Liz forces herself to examine one-by-one, every sorrow, anger, and shame she has experienced, to acknowledge their existence, feel the pain, accept each with love, and invite each into her heart. She writes in a new notebook the statement, I...
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