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After reading Eat, Pray, Love, Audrey asked herself one question—why am I not living with passion? She decided to make a list of all the things she wanted to do in her life. "I wrote down many things like see the northern lights, learn to surf, learn Spanish, take a cooking class, and do a standup comedy routine," she says.

Since then, Audrey went skydiving, volunteered after Hurricane Katrina, visited Ghana and rode a motorcycle. She's also training for a half-marathon and has taken tap dancing lessons. Audrey says these experiences have transformed her. "Now I have a greater sense of who I am and what I want," she says. "It's really been wonderful. I'm sort of reminded that when you discover the world around you, you also discover the world within you."

Still, Audrey wants to know how she can go through her list without becoming self-centered or selfish. "In Mandarin Chinese, they have two words for selfish," Liz says. "One means doing that which is beneficial to you. The other means hoarding, greedy and cruel."

Liz tells Audrey to look at the items on her list and ask herself if she is being greedy or if the activity is beneficial to her. "When you operate from a place of doing those things that help you step into your own worth, when you fill up your own skin with yourself, that alone becomes your offering," Elizabeth says. "Every single person that you meet, you transmit that to. Be a good example for how to live a happy, wonderful, blessed life."
FROM: Why We Can't Stop Talking About Eat, Pray, Love!
Published on January 01, 2006


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