Elizabeth Gilbert says relax

Highly quotable advice from the author and self-help guru in advance of her Halifax appearance.

Soul Tribe Live
Fri Oct 11-Sat Oct 12
Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
$65-$490


In the 13 years since author Elizabeth Gilbert embarked on her soul-searching, page-turning journey Eat, Pray, Love, she says she's been overrun by women grabbing her hand on the sidewalk, looking for reassurance about their own would-be wild quests. As she prepares to host a daylong workshop this Saturday at the personal development weekend Soul Tribe Live, we cribbed a handful of Gilbert's best advice—so you don't have to invade her personal space to get the validation you need.

"If you've lost your life's true passion (or if you're struggling desperately to find passion in the first place), don't sweat it. Back off for a while. But don't go idle, either. Just try something different, something you don't care about so much. Why not try following mere curiosity, with its humble, roundabout magic?" —From her column in Oprah magazine, 2010


"Here's what I've realized: If I want more energy, I don't need to go out and find more energy from some outside source. I only need to stop wasting the energy that I already possess on stupid shit." —a 2015 Gilbert Facebook post


"Fall flat on your face if you must, but please, for the sake of us all, do not stop. Map your own life." —From her column in Oprah magazine, 2012


"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind." —From Eat, Pray, Love


"It's a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at." —From Big Magic


"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings." —From Eat, Pray, Love

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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