I just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was one of those books I didn’t want to finish, so I’ve actually been reading it on and off for two years. It’s about her travels to Italy, India and Indonesia to heal her heart.
I was curious whether she was able to stay in her lighter, more serene state after coming home from her travels. Happily I discovered she has a website. She says that while she returned to normal life she tries to protect that part of herself by, "avoiding particularly spastic invasions of too much television, consumer debt, competition, over-consumption, success-pressure, greed and other forms of our daily cultural life." And she has a meditation practice.
She, of course, doesn’t stay perfectly centered at all times and continues practicing, she brings hope that we could let go of some of what keeps a trapped in our pressure filled lives.