This is one of my favourite quotes from the Buddha. It speaks of loving and respecting yourself, which is sometimes quite hard to do! This is not because you are an unlovable person or a person worthy of your own respect, but rather, because you have developed a habit of being hard on yourself. Most people have this same habit.
It is easy to be hard on ourselves, and if we actually looked at it objectively, we say things to ourselves that we would never in a million years say to one of our friends. (Even if it is slightly true!) But my point is that you won’t find fault with your friends as much as you would find it with yourself.
Let’s say one of your friends is trying to lose weight but cheated one time. Would you say – “You are a fat cow and you will never succeed with your diet!” Um…. No? At least I hope not. But you may say that to yourself. We don’t see how preposterous our own internal monologue is because it is always in the background of everything that you do. It is hard to accept that that voice isn’t objective at all.
Once you understand this simple fact you might see how much your internal voice isn’t being very supportive of you. And then you can take Buddha’s advice and learn to love and respect yourself. You absolutely do deserve love and respect!
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