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Publisher's Summary

How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People) is a smart, hip guide for spiritual seekers who want to experience more love and stability in all forms of relationships. Told from the unique vantage points of authors Meggan Watterson and Lodro Rinzler, this book explores staying anchored in the foundation of self-love as you navigate the natural (and often stormy) cycle of a relationship. Their dual perspectives as teachers and scholars of Christian mysticism and Buddhism make for a rich and fascinating dialogue that covers everything from sex, self-worth, falling in (and out of) love, deep friendships to breakups - and how to maintain an open heart through it all.

At its core, this book is about learning to love yourself no matter what. Meggan and Lodro suggest that you are worthy of love, both self-love and the love of others. They aren’t experts on how to get that man or lady to fall in love with you, nor are they experts on how to have "the perfect relationship". They are spiritual teachers who know that relationships have a life of their own and can speak to the human element of what it means to experience them fully. In the process, they share deeply personal, revealing, honest anecdotes, and spiritual practices to assist you with the inevitable ebbs and flow of love in all its manifestations.

©2019 Hay House (P)2019 Hay House

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Felt shallow and not quite on-topic

I was interested in checking out Meggan Watterson based on another of her books that I'd heard about, and thoughtI would try out this one as the topic sounded great. I'm about to return it after having attempted listening to about half of it over a period of time and just not being able to stay interested.

Meggan is enthusiastic and sounds really genuinely invested in the topic, so have a feeling that if she had written this book by herself and taken more time to go deeper, it might've been good.

But Lodro. Sheesh. I'm sure he's a great person irl, but *to me* he sounds like he's trying to be some kind of coolhip Buddhist-light new agey guru for millennials etc. I admit I'm usually a bit biased against these white Americans who go to Tibet or India to become enlightened [:find themselves] and come back with a faux Tibetan or Sanskrit name and think it's cool to go by that or think it's legit to even change their name because some lama or yogi kindly gave them one. It reeks of cultural appropriation and a type of spirituality that just weirds me out. So whether or not you hate that I just admitted my bias may help you figure out whether or not you'll connect with Lodro.

I found all his sections incredibly shallow and uninteresting. I did try to be open-minded as the whole premise is that Meggan and him decided to write the book together because they're such great friends, but frankly, I feel he's given this topic only cursory thought, and has had a somewhat limited life experience (I find so many young dude spiritual 'leaders' feel they can teach with authority on any spiritual topic without any experience of any depth, so he's not alone). I also got the feeling that he thinks he's supremely dateable and has so much relationship experience, but I could be wrong. His sections just rubbed me the wrong way.

Update: Oh DANG. Just googleed him and read the sordid details of how he abused his teacher relationship and forced a young woman to have sex with him without her consent. Seeing his response in the process seems to indicate that my hunches about him were correct, sadly. Of course he's still making money being a guru even though his publisher and organization dropped him. :(

ALTERNATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS:
If you're interested in an American Buddhist perspective on meditation or inner work that is deeper yet down-to-earth, I would recommend a few of Jack Kornfield's titles (his voice takes some getting used to, but you can speed it up) but who has been teaching a long time and seems really legit. Try titles such as A Lamp in the Darkness, The Wise Heart, or his audio "Guided meditations for self-healing", which is excellent whether or not one is Buddhist.

For the topic of "loving yourself", I would recommend Caroline Myss' audio talk, Self-Esteem: your fundamental power, which is deep yet really simple to understand. Other relevant titles: Defy Gravity, as well as her workshops with Andrew Harvey: The Soulmate Contract and Divine Rebels.

For the topic of love, relationships and spirituality, I would highly recommend to the deeply practical Conscious Loving by Gay Hendricks & Kathryn Hendricks, which is relevant at all points of love relationship to yourself, a partner, and beyond. Marianne Williamson's audio workshop on relationships called Enchanted Love (not the book) may look/sound cheesy in title/cover, but goes pretty deep too on these topics and also does a ton of trouble-shooting.

Hope this helps you on your journey!

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Didn't want it to end!

I literally replayed the book immediately after it was over just to really soak everything in. I'm currently in the process of deciding whether or not to stay in a marriage I know isn't healthy for me and this gave me such a healthy outlook on it. Must read! Definitely will be listening to this book over and over again.

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Love yourself! 💚

beautiful, necessary, inspiring book about the soul, the importance of how to love yourself and how one might take on that journey. such a lovely book. thank you.

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Very Helpful

I found the book very helpful and insightful. It did feel like it jumped around a bit between the two authors stories, but overall I didn't mind. I'm going to be listening to it again.

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Sacred book

This was an amazing book, that I savored every section. Was written very vulnerably and honestly and seemed to touch on every area of the heart and soul that desires love.

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Very good

This book was good discussion of how to love yourself before, during,and after relationships with other people. I learned a lot and will listen again.

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A great reason to love

A great reason to love yourself is so you can be present with your lover! This is what this book teachs and why it's needed lesson we all need to learn. Once you learn it you must silly it. Amazing things will happen in your relationships once your love yourself!

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Good information but confusing who was speaking

I enjoyed the book and all the content. However switching from male to female narrators was very confusing. I never knew if it was a male perspective speaking because they talked about female experiences. Then the female would speak about things sounding like she was speaking from a male perspective.

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Phenomenal and Resonant

I came to this book immediately on the heals often two books by author Shannon Kaiser, THE SELF LOVE EXPERIMENT and JOY SEEKER. And reading this was like a very natural continuation of that journey which resonated very deeply for me. I loved how they approached the topic from multiple angles, including from a Christian and a Buddhist tradition which reveals just how foundational and universal the concept of self love is regardless if you are single or in a relationship. I’ll be revisiting this book again, and have already quoted from it a lot when talking about my self love journey. I recommend this book a lot.

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  • 10-18-21

An essential read for any human being

I learned some incredibly important things in this book. I wish every single human would read it. The world would be a far better place.

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  • 10-04-19

A pleasure to listen to

I loved listening to the honesty and generosity of these writers. It's been refreshing, thanks

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  • 03-24-22

Some books shouldn’t be audiobooks

Good content. I found the narration swapping between male and female very confusing and it took away from the book’s message. Some books just aren’t supposed to be audiobooks.