一切從愛自己開始 Everything start with loving oneself (w/ English)
When we lose our peace due to some setbacks or criticism from other people, our first reaction would usually be to blame the external. However eventually we will find that the pains inside still exist, and the external problems may even deteriorate. This is because what really takes away our peace are the feelings that we are not good enough or that we made some mistakes. Therefore, what we really need is to love ourselves – accept ourselves, comfort ourselves, forgive ourselves - for in any case, we have done the best we could at that time with all we know. After all the earth is itself a big school for us to learn love. Which setback that we experience does not essentially teach us about love? We come with nothing and we leave with nothing, so what more can we do than to seek lasting joy through learning about love?
As such, once we are able to love ourselves so compassionately, it is not so difficult to sympathize with and love those that hurt us. In this way we can also gain external peace.
This is why we say that love is the answer to all, and loving one's self is the foundation of loving all.