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Here is an excerpt from “L is for Loving-kindness”
Buddhism retains a very strong tradition of deliberately opening our hearts to others. This practice is called “loving-kindness” or metta in Pali. It is interesting to note that the traditional practice of cultivating loving-kindness can either begin or end by focusing on ourselves. Either way, a core element of the practice is to cultivate feelings of loving-kindness for ourselves, too. Of course, it isn’t healthy to develop narcissistic feelings of self-love, but neither is it healthy to live with feelings of unworthiness. The reason that Buddhists include cultivating loving-kindness for ourselves in the practice is because we can’t very well love others if we don’t love ourselves. True loving-kindness is indiscriminate and holds nothing in reserve.