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This is a book summary of Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant. Read this summary to review key ideas and lessons from the book. Love-Yourself-Like-Your-Life-Depends-on-Kamal-Ravikant ( ContentsTitleCopyrightDedicationForewordWhat is this about? Download PDF. Editorial Reviews. Review. "One of the most important books I've read this year." - James Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - Kindle edition by Kamal Ravikant. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? In December of , I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEO's on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer. Afterwards, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them.

A meditationEven if you don't do anything else, please do this. It will make a difference. Each day, I meditate for seven minutes. Why seven minutes? Because I put on a piece of music that Ilike, one that is soothing and calm, piano and flute, one that I associate good feelings with, and ithappens to be seven minutes long. I sit with my back against a wall, put on my headphones, listen to the music, and imagine galaxies andstars and the Universe above, and I imagine all the light from space flowing into my head and downinto my body, going wherever it needs to go.

I breathe slowly, naturally. As I inhale, I think, I love myself. Then I exhale and let out whatever theresponse in my mind and body is, whether there is one or not. That's it. Breathe out what comes up.

Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. The music flows. The mind wanders, that's its nature. Each time it does, I just notice where I am in the breath. Ifinhaling, I shift to I love myself. If exhaling, I shift to letting out whatever is in the mind and body. Occasionally, I shift my attention to the light flowing in from above. Sometimes, I do that each time Iinhale. Before I know it, the seven minutes are up and the meditation is over.

There is something to this, the thought of light flowing into my head from galaxies and stars. Theconcept of light itself. Just like love, the subconscious has a positive association with light.

Plantsgrow towards the light. As human beings, we crave light. We find sunrises and sunsets and a brightmoon beautiful and calming. Once again, there's no need to consciously create healing or anything positive.

The subconscioustakes care of it. All I have to do is give it the image - in this case, light; give it the thought - in thiscase, loving myself. It does the rest. This is an intense practice because it is focused. But does it feel intense? No, quite peaceful,actually. I think that's what real emotional intensity is, one that creates peace and love and growth.

InstructionsStep 1: Put on music. Something soothing, gentle, preferably instrumental. A piece you have positiveassociations with. Step 2: Sit with back against wall or window. Cross legs or stretch them out, whatever feels natural. Step 3: Close eyes. Smile slowly. Imagine a beam of light pouring into your head from above. Step 4: Breathe in, say to yourself in your mind, I love myself. Be gentle with yourself. Step 5: Breathe out and along with it, anything that arises.


Any thoughts, emotions, feelings,memories, fears, hopes, desires. Or nothing. Breathe it out. No judgment, no attachment to anything. Be kind to yourself. Step 6: Repeat 4 and 5 until the music ends. When your attention wanders, notice it and smile. Smile at it as if it's a child doing what a childdoes. And with that smile, return to your breath. Step 4, step 5. Mind wanders, notice, smile kindly,return to step 4, step 5.

Step 7: When music ends, open your eyes slowly. Do it from the inside out. This is yourtime. This is purely yours. Why music? Since I listen to the same piece each time, it now acts as an anchor, easily pulling meinto a meditative state. A crutch perhaps, but a nice one.

Do this meditation consistently. You will notice the magic that occurs. Tougher when I'm back to the land of the living, interacting with people who have their own issuesand mental loops. That is where the question came from.

In dealing with others and reacting to their negative emotionswith 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.

It worked beautifully. It gently shifts your focus from wherever you are -whether it's anger or pain or fear, any form of darkness - to where you want to be.

And that is love. You mind and life have no choice but to follow. She walks alongside my friend, Gabe, holding his hand. Her dark hair freshly cut, layers. CoolFebruary night in the mission district in San Francisco. We're heading for tacos.

Her smile doesn't change. She doesn't say thank you, the way a woman would to a genuinecompliment. I'm in love. She glows. Non-stop smile. Full of life. When I get home, before I go inside, I pause and realize something. The love, it doesn't have tonecessarily be for another, does it? Love is an emotion, love is a feeling, love is a way of being. That spring in the step, that smile, that openness, can't it simply come from loving ourselves?

That stops me. Of course.


Here we are, thinking that one needs to be in love with another to shine, tofeel free and shout from the rooftops, but the most important person, the most important relationshipwe'll ever have is waiting, is craving to be loved truly and deeply. And here's the interesting part.

When we love ourselves, we naturally shine, we are naturallybeautiful. And that draws others to us. Before we know it, they're loving us and it's up to us tochoose who to share our love with. Beautiful irony. Fall in love with yourself. Let your love express itself and the world will beat apath to your door to fall in love with you.

Another meditationThis one, I'm a little scared to share. People will think I've lost it. But it is powerful. Step 1: Set a timer for 5 minutes. Stand in front of a mirror, nose a few inches away. Look into your eyes. Helps if you focus on one. Your left eye. Don't panic, it's only you. Breathe slowly, naturally, until you develop a rhythm.

What's important is you saying it to yourself, looking into your eyes, where there is noescape from the truth. And ultimately, the truth is loving yourself. When the five minutes are up, smile. You've just communicated the truth to yourself in a deep,visceral way.

In a way the mind cannot escape. If anyone ever looked in your eyes, knowing that you loved them, this is what they saw. Give yourselfthe same gift. Love and memoryMemory is not set in stone. Any neuroscientist will tell you that. The more you remember something,especially if it's emotionally charged, the more you will reinforce the pathways connecting theneurons. Simply put, the more you think about it, the more you feel it, the stronger the memory.

Here's the interesting part. It's not just the act of recall that strengthens a memory, another factorshapes and even changes it - the state of mind you are in when remembering something. The implications of this are transformative. Take a random experience, a relationship that ended years ago. Consciously recall it when you'remiserable.

You'll naturally find yourself focusing on the negative parts, and those will grow strongerin memory. Conversely, same exact experience, but recall when you're happy. Notice the change? It's still the same experience, it's still your mind. But the filter is different. And the filter shifts thefocus, which subtly changes the memory. More importantly, it changes how the memory makes youfeel, the power it has over you.

There's a solution here, a powerful one. If a painful memory arises, don't fight it or try to push it away - you're in quicksand. Strugglereinforces pain. Instead, go to love.

Love for yourself. If you have to fake it, fine. It'llbecome real eventually. Feel the love for yourself as the memory ebbs and flows. That will take thepower away. And, even more importantly, it will shift the wiring of the memory. Do it again and again. It's your mind.

You can do whatever you want. Daybreak ahead. A clearmorning. This high up, no human could survive, yet we hurtle forward at hundreds of knots in analuminum tube, comfy in our chairs, sipping our sodas.

Me, I'm a bucket of nerves. But tell that to my nerves. That's what it is. She closes her eyes. I reach down andkiss her head softly, smelling her hair, then return to the window.

Patchwork of browns and greens below. How fast the land's changed. How fast everything changes. Light switchesRichard Bandler, co-founder of NLP, got known early in his career as someone who could cureschizophrenics within hours.

He started getting called by doctors and patients' families to go tomental institutions, work with the worst cases, the ones everyone had given up on.

One of his favorite stories is about an executive who started hallucinating snakes. No one couldconvince him otherwise. He was committed, received treatment, no luck. So, he was strapped to hisbed - not very empowering when you believe snakes are crawling all over you - in the mentalhospital and chalked off as one of the incurable ones. By the time Bandler met him, he was in bad shape. To figure out what to do, Bandler went for a walkin town. He needed to snap this guy back to reality.

He passed a pet store and noticed a barrel full ofrubber snakes on the curb. He went inside, asked the man behind the counter if he could rent theentire barrel for a few hours. But only for a few hours. Bandler chalks it up to the fact that since the store owner wasn't a doctor, his mind was open to curesthat were out of the norm. Turns out he also had a few well-trained snakes - two cobras and one giantpython that loved wrapping herself around humans.

The store owner and Bandler returned to the mental hospital, bags full of rubber snakes and three realones, went to the shower where the patient bathed, and covered the place with them. The live cobras,he put extra close to where the patient would be. The python, right above where he'd position thewheelchair.

Finished, he surveyed his work. It reminded him of the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones descends into achamber full of writhing snakes. Enough to scare anyone, let alone a person with heightened snakephobia. Keep in mind, Bandler once cured a guy who thought he was Jesus by bringing in three muscularfootball players dressed as Roman Centurions and wood for a life-size cross into his hospital room. Then, he proceeded to nail the cross together, pausing occasionally to measure the guy as theCenturions held him down.

By the time they were ready for the crucifixion, the man was convincedhe wasn't Jesus. Even after the drama had passed, the cure stuck.

The snake owner and doctor stood behind the one-way glass to the shower. Bandler brought the manin, strapped tight in his wheelchair. Then he left and shut the door behind him.

The man screamed and screamed. Bandler waited. Finally, he went in. The man saw him, was aboutto scream, but Bandler cut him off. Otherwise, I'm leaving you in here.

The man, when put to the test, was not only lucid enough to distinguishreal from hallucinated, he could even tell which ones were rubber - something even Bandler had ahard time telling, given how realistic they were. He wheeled the man out and asked him how he could tell hallucinated versus real. Reality was solid, hallucinations were see-through. But his fear wasso intense, he'd lost touch with reality.

Bandler taught the man to focus on the difference betweenreality and hallucinated see-through snakes and the man was cured. He still saw hallucinated snakesoccasionally, but knew that they were not real. The power they had over him was gone. Fighting fear doesn't work. It just drags us in closer.

One has to focus on what is real. On the truth. When in darkness, don't fight it. You can't win. Just find the nearest switch, turn on the light. James Altucher, in one of his best blog posts, talks about how he stops negative thoughts in theirtracks with a simple mind trick. It's a switch, a breaker of sorts, shiftsthe pattern of the fear. In the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy, one of the main characters has been tortured by theCapitol, his memories altered so that he can't distinguish between actual and implanted memories.

His friends come up with a simple exercise. And when in doubt, he returns to thepractice: Fear, when used properly, is a useful tool. It serves us well when near a blazing inferno or standingat the edge of a cliff. But outside of this, it's hijacked the mind. To the point where it's difficult to.

So, these tools, like light switches, exist. When fear arises, remember that it is a hallucinated snakeor that it's not useful or that it's not real. All three work. There's many more, ones we can come upwith ourselves, if we wish. As long as it works, it's valid. Key is this, when in darkness, have a light switch you've chosen standing by.

For example, in writingthis book, fear says that I'm risking what people will think of me. My role is torecognize it for what it is - hallucinated snake, not useful, not real - and continue on. CoastingAs I write this, I'm probably the lowest I've been in a while. Things are just Not as bad as theywere when I first started, but life's not zinging. The thing is, when life just works for a while, you getused to it and you think it'll stay that way.

Recency bias. When things suck, when you're deep in it, itseems like they will suck forever. You can't imagine a way out. When things are great, you live as ifit'll always last. So, I ask myself, if I was to look deeper, why am I down, why isn't my life an expression of, well,awesomeness? Once you've experienced it and you know it's possible, then you should be doingeverything in your power to keep it that way. It's just too good. The answer, I'm lazy. When I was sick, I focused on my mind with a desperate intensity.

But as lifegot good, then great, I started to coast. Let the mind drift to its natural devices. Went days, thenweeks without meditating. Loving myself became something I assumed, but didn't work towards. I find myselfsearching for a less powerful word. One that feels right. But if love isn't right, nothing else will be. The irony is, I'm the one who shared this truth with friends.

It works, it really works. But who wants to take financial advice from a manbarely scraping by?

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It

There is no threat, no right or wrong answer, only an invitation to my truth in this presentmoment. The answer is simple: I'd commit to the practice. And I would also share the next thing I've learned,which is, don't let yourself coast when things are going great. It's easy to wish for health when you'resick. When you're doing well, you need just as much vigilance. Honestly, it scares me a little. Coming from the dumps, when life works, it's great. But if life isworking, and you do the practice, how high can life go?

Can I handle it? Heck, do I even deserve it? It's a nice trick the monkey mind plays. I'd fly. Fly as high as I possibly can. Then, I'dfly higher. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go meditate. ThoughtIf we are made of atoms and molecules, and they in turn from smaller particles which are empty spaceand energy, then what are we? Are we our thoughts?

Ever catch your mind in a mental loop, replaying some old story, an old hurt, the same pattern? Whoare you? The thought or the observer of the thought? If you're the observer, then what is the thought?

Or are you a thought observing another thought? Perhaps we're just biochemical storms within synaptic connections in a brain that evolved overmillions of years. Or maybe there is an observer, a deeper self. No proof either way. I'm fine with not knowing. I enjoy thinking about it, but mainly to remind myself that ultimately,everything is theory.

I care about what works. What creates magic in my life. This I know: Mostly ones that don'tserve us. So what's practical, what's transformative, is to consciously choose a thought. Thenpractice it again and again. With emotion, with feeling, with acceptance. Lay down the synaptic pathways until the mind starts playing it automatically. Do this with enoughintensity over time and the mind will have no choice. That's how it operates. Where do you thinkyour original loops came from?

The goal, if there is one, is to practice until the thought you chose becomes the primary loop. Until itbecomes the filter through which you view life. Then practice some more. Sounds like work. But the nature of mind is thought. Choose one that transforms you,makes your life zing.

You mightdiscover another. Regardless, please do it. It is worth it. MagicI finish at the gym, walk outside, and sit on a wall by the driveway. Indian summer evening in SanFrancisco. Breezy, cool, fog above downtown.

I love my life, I find myself thinking, I love my life, I love my life, I love my life. The thought flowsas naturally as the wind. Clouds move above, the thought shifts: I love myself, I love myself, I love myself, I love myself. All I am, my hopes, dreams, desires, faults, strengths, everything — I. The key, at least for me, has been to let go.

Let go of the ego, let go of attachments, let go of who Ithink I should be, who others think I should be. And as I do that, the real me emerges, far far betterthan the Kamal I projected to the world.

There is a strength in this vulnerability that cannot bedescribed, only experienced. Am I this way each moment? But I sure as heck am working on it. So if this is possible for one human, it is possible for anyone. The pathmight be different, but the destination same. Key is being open to loving ourselves. Once we do that, life casually takes care of the next steps. Thefeeling is, for lack of a better word, magic. SurrenderI once asked a monk how he found peace. You can argue thatobsession fuels innovation in our society.

True, perhaps. But quite often, behind obsession is fear. And there was plenty of fear. Fear of what people would think. Fear of letting employees andinvestors down. Fear of failing and what that would mean about me.

I used the fear as energy,driving me forward, pushing to achieve, pushing to succeed, paying no attention to my body, to thepresent, and I paid the price. Often, the price for not being present is pain.

Now, I understand what the monk meant. There is a surrender to what is, to the moment. To the moment, to what the mind is feeling. Often, that is enough to deflate the fear.

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