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Self-Kindness and Self-Indulgence

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2002-12-07
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center


Study a few of your behaviors this week such as sleeping, eating, or recreational enjoyment such as listening to music or watching videos. How much of these activities arise from self-indulgence and how much from self-kindness? Are all forms of entertainment self-indulgent? Since almost any action can be either indulgent or kind, what determines which way you label it?

“When you consider yourself equally deserving (self-love) then the quality of your action is as important as the result.” Do you believe this is a true statement? What does self-love have to do with the way you do things? Isn’t it good enough that the results benefit others? Explore this question this week and watch whether you consider yourself equally deserving in your actions.


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