Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It
Kamal Ravikant, 2012 ($free-$5, amazon.com link)
(Read 2012, Reviewed 2017)
Nice short book. TF recommendation. Good to quickly read, but not much new for me, more “book porn” like much of what I was reading in late 2012. Good to review, if only for a few minutes, in 2017 before writing the “Why American Women Aren’t Leading” post/essay, because I’m pretty worried about people getting upset about that, which is a good sign. Hopefully it leads to positive change.
The second-to-last quote is regarding a guy named Bandler, who “cures” people of their phobias by shocking them powerfully all at once. Good idea for future years. He reminds us of the “real or not real?” question for Peeta in The Hunger Games, and that it’s a good question for life.
I still think most of this stuff is self-correctable with sufficient nutrients and space to breathe. Time will tell.
If there is one lesson I can share from the experience, it is this: share your truth. Whatever your truth is, live it, share it. The world will respond in ways you never could have imagined. Life will blow your socks off.
I shared my fear with him – what would people think? His response, something that I will never forget and will always be grateful for: “I don’t do a post now unless I’m worried about what people will think about me.”
wrote: “This day, I vow to myself to love myself, to treat myself as someone I love truly and deeply – in my thoughts, my actions, the choices I make, the experiences I have, each moment I am conscious, I make the decision I LOVE MYSELF.”
If I loved myself truly and deeply, would I let myself experience this? The answer, always, was a no.
“Rubber snakes,” the man said, motioning to the ground with his head. “Hallucinated snakes,” he motioned around. Then, eyes up at the python dangling a few feet above, dropping closer, “real snake!”
He wheeled the man out and asked him how he could tell hallucinated versus real.
“Easy,” the man said, “hallucinated snakes are see-through.”
He stops negative thoughts in their tracks with a simple mind trick. “Not useful,” he tells himself.
Posted May 2017.