"Some people find the teachings I offer helpful because I encourage them to be kind to themselves. The kindness that I learned from my teachers, and that I wish so much to convey to other people, is kindness towards all quality of our being. The qualities that are the toughest to be kind to are the painful parts, where we feel ashamed, as if we don't belong, as if we've just blowing it, when things are falling apart for us. Maitri, or loving-kindness, means sticking with ourselves when we don't have anything when we feel a loser. And it becomes the basis for extending the same unconditional friendliness with others."
Hope you enjoy and benefit from this as I have.
Aloha -- Cathi