Maitri is loving-kindness to oneself and others. It is love in its purest form, unconditional and un-clinging. The ability to acknowledge faults and strengths in the same light and accept the self.
The following meditation was written based on my own struggle with maitri. By planting tiny seeds of virtue we can nourish them and find ourselves on the path to loving the self without exceptions.
I hope you enjoy!
Shall we compare our hearts to a garden—with beautiful blooms, straggling weeds, swooping birds and sunshine and rain—and most importantly, seeds? —Greg Livingston