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Article by Phil Brown

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Phil Brown - Journalist - Author As a journalist I am a senior writer with News Queensland. As an author I write about myself and, if that sounds self-indulgent, you don't know the half of it. Mind you if you read either of my memoirs - Travels with My Angst or Any Guru Will Do, all will be revealed.
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Seeking Enlightenment

It may not be exactly Oscar-winning material but the movie Eat Pray Love did make me think and, at my age, that’s good. You do it while you still can. After seeing the film I thought about a lot of things and asked myself questions such as: what does eating pasta in Italy have to do with enlightenment? Also: why did the protagonist of the piece seem less enlightened after her 12 month-long Sator than she was before? Pardon me for quoting myself but, as I wrote in a magazine critique “I’ve experienced more enlightenment while waiting for Chinese take-away.” The theme of the film does raise issues about enlightenment though and how to go about it. Do you really need to go anywhere to attain wisdom? Is the outer journey not just a distraction from the inner journey?

 Don’t get me wrong, travel broadens the mind and it’s fun but the problem is that when you go you take yourself with you. I have long been an advocate of engaging in the search for meaning at home. It’s cheaper, for a start and it’s relatively simple. You can do it sitting in a lotus position on your own floor or, as I have, you can experience useful epiphanies while doing the dishes or watching television. The cable variety is particularly conducive to illumination, I find. I experienced this the other evening watching Seinfeld. Go figure.

Besides, travel can be stressful if, like me you aren’t fond of plummeting through the air in a metal tube stuffed with people and flammable fuel. Recently we went to Singapore and I remember someone asking me, before I went, if I was looking forward to my holiday. “God,”I replied. "I can’t wait to get home!” Besides you can eat, pray and love just as easily domestically as you can abroad. So my advice, if you’re seeking enlightenment is: start now ...from here.

Phil Brown

3 Nov 2010

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