I had a lovely meditation tonight on abandoning self cherishing and cherishing others.

In my contemplation it seemed to me like I was a bird trying to fly up to happiness, but weighted down by self cherishing. Then I realised that I was not chained to this weight – I was holding it tightly in my claws. All I needed to do was to let it go – to stop cherishing myself- and I would be free to soar easily to enlightenment.