This is one of my favorite teachings. Thank you Bob Stahl for introducing it to me and thank you Bob Sharples for writing it.
Don't meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself;
Rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people's lives in a knot.
Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging.
Bob SharplesMeditation: Calming the Mind