Compassion For Yourself

“If you attempt to cultivate compassion and love for others without having compassion and love for yourself, you will have no basis within yourself for that cultivation. It is like trying to donate money to others when you have no money to give. In order to give, you first have to acquire what it is you wish to give. In order to cultivate genuine compassion for others, we must start by cultivating compassion for ourselves.”

~ 17th Karmapa