To love is, first of all, to accept ourselves as we actually are.
The first practice of love is to know oneself.
The willingness and aspiration to love is not yet love.
We have to look deeply at our body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness.
We can observe how much peace, happiness, and lightness we already have.
We can notice whether we are anxious about accidents or misfortunes, and how much anger, irritation, fear, anxiety or worry are still in us.
As we become aware of the feelings in us, our self-understanding will deepen.
We will see how our fears and lack of peace contribute to our unhappiness, and we will see the value of loving ourselves and cultivating a heart of compassion.
Love will enter our thoughts, words, and actions.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Day 16 of the 35 Days of Love