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Love ourselves and love others....

The strong sense of respect for and confidence in oneself.

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Practice loving ourselves...

  • Mar 23, 2011
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Today, I learned a new word and it is “GENSHAI”. This word is Indian and it means that you should never treat another person in a manner that would make them feel small- and that includes yourself.


The fundamental elements of “GENSHAI” is the value of compassion and encouragement but the important thing to remember is that we need to treat ourselves with respect and kindness as well as others.


Often, we try to take care of everyone around us, but we forget to take care of ourselves first. We end up feeling worn out and resentful and we ask why we are always victims of friends who are not grateful of our efforts.


This is a vicious cycle and a perpetual trap that lead to feelings of helplessness and bitterness from unfulfilled wishes of being appreciated, and it also transfers the power to be happy from our own hands into someone else’s hands.


Remember, we are our own destiny and we have the ultimate freedom to choose our own attitude in any given circumstances. Practice “GENSHAI” with the people around you, as well as yourself, for the dignity and respect you show yourself will be reflected in the way you treat others.

Taj Mahal in India

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March 23, 2011
Thanks for sharing these helpful and inspiring words, Landy, I really needed this today!
March 24, 2011
I am happy these words are helpful...but the most important thing is to practice loving yourself with these encouraging words.... I try to do the same too everyday though sometimes it really takes effort to love ourselves :-)
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Self-love is the strong sense of respect for and confidence in oneself. It different from narcissism in that as one practices acceptance and detachment, the awareness of the individual shifts and the individual starts to see him or herself as an extension of all there is. Ultimately, the identification of “I” from a personal individual perspective, shifts to “I” from a perspective of consciousness or life being experienced from the perceptual point of view that we call by our individual names.

Self-love can be taught in childhood through honesty, acceptance and unconditional love. Since most parents have their own self-doubts and limiting beliefs, they project these onto their children and the cycles of self-rejection and self-abuse repeat themselves.

In 1956 psychologist and social philosopher Erich Fromm proposed that loving oneself is different from being arrogant, conceited or egocentric. He proposed that loving oneself means caring about oneself, taking responsibility for oneself, respecting oneself, and knowing oneself (e.g. being realistic and honest about one's strengths and weaknesses). He proposed, further, that in order to be able to truly love another person, a person needs first to love oneself in this way.
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