Loving kindness is something that we need to apply not only to ourselves but to everyone around us. Let’s be honest. We are all human beings and we all want the same basic things. We want to be loved and to feel loved. We want to be happy with our circumstances. We want to feel safe and secure. We want lives relatively free of worry and stress. We want to avoid suffering. If there is anyone among you who doesn’t want these things, I would love to hear from you with an explanation of why not. In order to have these things in our life, we need to practice loving kindness to ourselves and those around us. We need to love ourselves. I do not mean in a narcissistic way. Even if you are imperfect and flawed, and we all are, then you can love the person you are trying to be. Beyond this, if you are honest with yourself about your own shortcomings and struggles, you can practice loving kindness to others by being tolerant and patient with their shortcomings and struggles. We are as much one in our struggles as we are in our potential. Life will always be challenging and some days are more difficult than other days. None of us can really feel loved, happy, safe, secure, and stress free unless those around us feel the same. No man or woman is an island. We are all in this life together and we all want and need some loving kindness. If you are not practicing this already, today is a good day to start.