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Oct 14, 2016

Kamal Ravikant’s ‘Love Yourself.   Like Your Life Depends on It.’ Has me journaling ‘I Love Myself’ on a daily basis except I swap out the ‘myself’ with ‘Paul’.   I’ve found this practice to be empowering.

A quick short read which one can get through in an afternoon if that.   I will link to interviews done with the author, his wikipedia page and website for more of his backstory and why he wrote this book.   Here are some of my biggest takeaways:

  • ‘If you’ve ever been a baby, you’ve experienced love.   The mind knows it on a fundamental, even primal level.   So, unlike most words, “love” has the ability to slip past the conscious and into the subconscious, where magic happens.’ pg 11
  • ‘What if you don’t believe that you love yourself?   Doesn’t matter.   Your role is to lay down the pathways, brick upon brick, reinforce the connections between the neurons.   The mind already has a strong wiring for love.   The body knows it as well.   It knows that love nurtures, that love is gentle, that love is accepting.   It knows that love heals.’ pg 11
  • ‘And that is why a focused mental loop is the solution.   Take this one thought, I love myself.   Add emotional intensity if you can - it deepens the groove faster than anything.   Feel the thought.   Run it again and again.   Feel it Run it.   Whether you believe it or not doesn’t matter, just focus on this one thought.   Make it your truth.’ pg 18
  • ‘That is where the question came from.   In dealing with others and reacting to their negative emotions with my own, I found myself asking this question:  If I loved myself truly and deeply, would I let myself experience this?   The answer, always, was a no.’ pg 25
  • ‘And here’s the interesting part.   When we love ourselves, we naturally shine, we are naturally beautiful.   And that draws others to us.   Before we know it, they’re loving us and its up to us to choose who to share our love with.   Beautiful irony.   Fall in love with yourself.   Let your love express itself and the world will beat a path to your door to fall in love with you.’ pg 28
  • ‘If a painful memory arises, don’t fight it or try to push it away - you’re in quicksand.   Struggle reinforces the pain.   Instead, go to love.   Love for yourself.   Feel it.   If you have to fake it, fine.   It’ll become real eventually.   Feel the love for yourself as the memory ebbs and flows.   That will take the power away.   And, even more importantly, it will shift the wiring of the memory.   Do it again and again.   Love.   Re-wire.   Love.   Re-wire.   It’s your mind.   You can do whatever you want.’ pg 32
  • ‘As I started to love myself, things inside me shifted.   Fear strengthens the ego.    Love softens it.   I became more open, vulnerable.   It was natural to be gentle with others, even when they weren’t loving towards me.   And the times it wasn’t easy, I had the resources - the loop, the meditation, the question - to return to self-love.’ pg 51

By purchasing this book through the links I’ve provided, it will support the author and myself.   I’m beginning to re-read books I’ve included in this takeaway series and this book I can already see myself quoting to friends, referring back to it when I’m having a down period, and just pulling out and skimming through it again.   Thank you Mr. Ravikant.

You can purchase the book at this link here.

Kamal Ravikant's website.

I discovered he doesn't have a wikipedia page.

Here's an interview with Mr. Ravikant.


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