You really do need to love yourself to be kind to others.
Sharon Salzberg has studied and practiced meditation with Burmese, Indian, and Tibetan teachers for the past 25 years. She is a cofounder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Insight Meditation Society, where she lives and teaches. Sharon Salzberg directs meditation retreats throughout the United States and abroad. She is the author of "Lovingkindness" and (on audio) "Lovingkindness Meditation."More Sounds of Wisdom