All cliché sounds good to me and “love yourself first “ is one of them. People walk around and throw that advice to people clearly lost of themselves to begin with. It makes no sense to me.
First, you have to learn to love yourself and meditation will get you there. One has to begin NOT by loving oneself, because you don't even know who you are. Who are you going to love? If you start by loving yourself, you will love only your ego which is your false personality. Almost everyone loves his ego so much that he believes untruthful, shallow compliments from others. Meditation will help you learn to love yourself. If you meditate, slowly, you will get out of the ego and out of your personality. You will realize your real self, love will come on its own.
A man who loves himself and respects himself respects others too. He becomes aware that we are not different; as far as the fundamentals are concerned, we are one. The man who loves himself enjoys the love so much, becomes so blissful, that the love starts overflowing, it starts reaching others. It has to reach! If you live love, you have to share it. You cannot go on loving yourself forever because one thing will become absolutely clear to you: that if loving one person, yourself, is so tremendously ecstatic and beautiful, how much more ecstasy is waiting for you if you start sharing your love with many many people!