Bhante G on loving friendliness
- "Cultivate friendliness toward yourself first, with the intention of
sharing your kind thoughts with others. Develop this feeling. Be
full of kindness toward yourself. Accept yourself as you are. Make
peace with your shortcomings. Embrace your weaknesses. Be gentle
and forgiving with yourself as you are at this moment. If thoughts
arise as to how you should be such and such a way, let them go.
Establish fully the depth of these feelings of goodwill and
friendliness [toward yourself]. Let the power of loving friendliness
saturate your entire body and mind. Relax in its warmth and
~ Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English," Wisdom
Publications, 2002 (updated and expanded edition).
May this be of benefit.