Love the Other as the Self, taught the Teacher;
But love your Self first, say the Self-help gurus.
Is that selfish vanity of one un-crucified to Self?
It seems so wrong in many self-centered ways;
Am I the point upon which the cosmos pivots?
Narcissus sits self-absorbed besides the water;
A showy daffodil who found no greater love -
Trapped not by the love of Self, but by Self-lust.
Love your Self first, say the Self-help gurus?
We seek experts for our Self-help:
These merchants of insufficiency;
These capitalizers of inadequacy...
Love the Other as the Self, taught the Teacher?
Love is mutualism: comfort and trust and joy.
Love the God and the Other as you love Self.
Yet, we idolize the Self - love the Self as god!
Be comfortable with and within your Self.
Trust your Self as one who seeks goodness.
Take joy in being with your Self as you are.
Then, love this way, the Other as the Self.
Then, love this way, the Lord God likewise.
Love the Self that you see there in Others.
Love the God that you see there likewise.
(photography by tiwago)