“One of the strangest delusions believed by many of us is that it is good to love other people but bad to love yourself. I suggest that the more you are able to see, love, and accept the one facet of Spirit gazing at you from the mirror, the more you will be able to love Spirit within others. If we are the same awareness shining through a billion separate forms, then all love begins with self-love. For the heart to awaken, it cannot exclude a single soul, including yourself. If you do not love yourself, now can you find the space to love others?
Self-love is a beginning practice of love. From self-love we learn to love another – a parent, a pet, a friend, a partner – from family to friends, to associates, to the larger world. There’s no place like home to begin the practice of love. Home is where the heart is, and home is generally where the hassles are, too. What better place to practice loving without reason than that place where we cannot always find a reason to love?”
Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”
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