I’m not sure how, but one day I watched a video of Kamal Ravikant talking at a conference and was interested enough in what he had to say that I bought his book – Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It – and have just finished reading it. It’s a short book with a lot of thought provoking parts. I enjoyed it and I think many people would benefit from reading it and contemplating on how some of the ideas in the book could relate to and affect their lives.
I find Kamal an interesting guy as he’s a successful venture capitalist and entrepreneur in California. He’s not the typical person you’d expect to write a book like this. If you watch the video of him talking, you’ll get a good idea of the man he is. He went through some really rough patches and through this book he’s sharing with us the story of how he pulled himself out of these.
I know that most people have an aversion to the idea of “loving themselves” and that even the title of this book might be a bit of a turn-off, but please don’t let that put you off. It’s just information in the end. It’s good to get information in many forms, from the perspectives of many people, and then use it all to help improve and grow our own lives in the way that suits us best.
For me, there are many quotes in the book that I really liked, and will affect me positively. Kamal also introduced the concept that if you keep running a mental loop, over and over and strongly enough, you can create a “deeper groove” in you subconscious and basically reprogram it.
Then there’s the concept of the oxygen mask on an airplane where we’re told to put on our own oxygen mask before assisting others. This is good imagery for the need to love ourselves before we can help others.
Another part I really liked is where Kamal suggests that whenever we’re not sure what to do, we ask ourselves “If I loved myself, truly and deeply, what would I do?”. That’s a very powerful question.
Table of Contents – Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
- What is this about?
- Why love?
- The practice
- Mental loop
- A meditation
- One question
- I’m in love
- Another meditation
- Love and memory
- Light switches
- Where I want to be