: Jul 01, 2016

This is hard. I’m speechless. And in tears. …

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This is hard. I’m speechless. And in tears.
It will be difficult to describe how this post has shaken me…

I am crying at the path some of us have to walk. Again and again and again. A path of heartbreak that the world just watches or reads.
But it is our path to walk. And walk we must.

Elizabeth’s words cut as deep as they rang true: “I trust that you understand that this is a story that I am living–not a story that I am telling.”

But it was in reading the top comment–apparently written by a dear friend or sister–that I broke down completely. I can’t find the words. But I trust that those who understand will understand. Please know that any disrespectful or uncompassionate comments will be deleted and banned. My heart is tired. And so are many others’.

Here is the top comment and the post is below:

“Sister of My Heart,
I did not know if I’d ever see anything as beautiful and love drenched as the coming together of you and your dear Jose. Until I witnessed the coming apart of you and Jose. Having been blessed enough to see it and feel it firsthand- I will say I am, one again, stunned by the love and grace and respect you have carried to each other through this. You have held each other so tenderly. I am awed and as you know, I’ve spent hours over the past few weeks crying with this realization that YES, even this part can be done well. That a marriage is not only a success if it lasts forever, but if it changes both partners into more loving, free, wise, brave, kind, whole beings. Your marriage did that. Your marriage is the most successful I’ve ever known. You and Jose have entered the realm of higher love- God’s love- the love that no longer seeks to possess but only each other’s peace and joy.
Dear God,
I am nervous. My precious sister Liz, who offers her brilliant mind and vast heart to the world every day, today has offered the ultimate. She is brave, God, but she is also human and tender. Please, God, let the world accept this offering with shaking, grateful, humble hands. Please let the world offer Liz no advice, no platitudes, no criticism, nothing but love and gratitude for living and loving and hurting aloud- so that we can see how it’s done. Let the world hold my sister’s news carefully, God. Please guard her warrior heart today. I love her so much. We all love her so much. Care for her today, God. And care for all of us who have loved and lost and loved and won and who don’t even know the difference anymore. Help us take care of each other, God. We are all just walking each other home.
Liz. Ride or Die.

Dear Ones –

Because I have shared details of my private life with you all so intimately over the years, I feel the need to share with you this recent change in my personal life.

I am separating from the man whom many of you know as “Felipe” — the man whom I fell in love with at the end of the EAT PRAY LOVE journey. He has been my dear companion for over 12 years, and they have been wonderful years. Our split is very amicable. Our reasons are very personal.

At this time of transition, I hope you will respect our privacy. In my heart, I know that you will do so, because I trust that you understand how this is a story that I am living — not a story that I am telling.

I thank you for your love, and for your kindness, and for your continued blessings. Hold us in your thoughts. And I hope you will understand and forgive me if I am a bit absent from social media during this sensitive moment.

Lastly, I wanted to share this poem, written by the poet-of-my-heart Jack Gilbert. This poem has been helping to carry me through this experience. Perhaps it will help some of you, also:


Blessings, and all my love,



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