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Book Review – Love Yourself, Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant

A book written by Kamal Ravikant is another installment in self love and awareness. A simple quick read and yet so chock full of self love and enlightenment.  I have found that the simpler the better and Kamal hit the nail on the head. 

I have read a lot of self help and mind awareness books.  I really love this book because Kamal focuses on ourselves.  The true beginning and end of all our thinking, happiness and suffering.  It all begins with us.

I am a big believer in meditation and self affirmations.  Though I felt it was a losing battle until I read Kamals, Love Yourself.

“The body knows it as well.  It knows that love nurtures, that love is gentle, that love is accepting.  It knows that love heals.”

For years I have dealt with stress that I have brought on myself.  I believe most stress is brought on by ourselves.  I have read the books that say forgive people, pray for them, send them love.  Those people that have screwed you over.  It was nothing against you, they were looking out for themselves.  They are sad.  Send them love.

Well, in the process of doing that I learned in Love Yourself that I had been focusing all my energy and strength on those people and not myself.  I had been sending them love because apparently they were angry and had a sad life and taking it out on the world.  Like I had to apologize for their pathetic lives.

“There is a power in this.  Rather than reacting to situations, I found myself choosing how I wanted to be.  That, in turn, created better situations, and ultimately a far better life.” 

When I started sending love to myself.  When I started apologizing to myself for sending love to angry people.  When I told myself it was about me.  That I loved myself and it didn’t matter what anyone else did or said.  Everything changed.

I slept better.  I was less stressed.  I didn’t worry anymore about nonsense.  I was more focused because I was focused on what mattered.  Me and what made me happy.  I’m not saying the world revolves around ourselves.  I am saying that you shouldn’t have to apologize for the way you live your life.  You shouldn’t have to defend the way you live your life.  Loving yourself is loving what you do without defending your actions.

Loving yourself is standing up for yourself and your beliefs.  Loving yourself is accepting how you to choose to live and being OK that some will come and some will go in your life.  Loving and confident people know this is a good thing.  Loving and caring people know that those that leave weren’t worth keeping around and you walking away from those that weren’t worth being around is loving yourself enough to stand up and respect yourself.

“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 it’s up to us to choose who to share our love with.”

I hope this was enough to convince you to read Love Yourself – like your life depends on it by Kamal Ravikant.  It’s a keeper and a little gem to stow away and pull out when you feel a little lost at times.  It’s OK, we’ve all been there.  Get up, be a little creative and move on.