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Kalama Sutta: Self-Doubt

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2002-09-30
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



From time to time all of us question how well our meditation practice is going. Some of us go further and doubt whether we are up to the task and feel as if we are failing in our efforts. This sense of personal failure is self-doubt. This week look at how you are relating to your practice and see the subtle self-judgments associated with it. Self-doubt usually contains the belief that “I will never….” Feel the self-doubt as it arises with the judgments. Let the experience of your self-doubt be your meditation practice when this occurs. Allow the self-doubt its full expression and feel the pain that drives it. Release yourself from any belief about your incompetence. How can you doubt your ability to practice when you can always begin again?

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