“I” is not an object, not a fixed and concrete self, not an independent entity.
“I” is a process. The process that is “I” belongs to the universal process, the cosmic life, the Great Way, the Tao.
To dislike yourself is not to dislike a static and permanent entity (There is no such one!) but to dislike what is actually the process of awakening. And such contracted feeling is a hindrance to that very awakening.
To love yourself is not to be in love with and identified with a solid, isolated entity, but to love, respect, support and trust the total life process that is “I”—the very process of Reality awakening to Itself. To love this evolutionary process, the body-mind-stream that is “I”, is to be in accord with the
Great Way of awakening and happiness.
Therefore, today, love yourself! Have faith in the Great Process and its unfolding, named “I”.
Love yourself wholly. Be Whole and happy. Happiness is your first responsibility and your basic form of service to all others.