Taking care of ourselves
is not just another selfish act
with a spiritual label.

It is possible to give ourselves compassion
without being motivated by self love,
because grasping for satisfaction is very different
from learning to care for ourselevs.

Without compassion,
thoughts and actions are based on
desire for egotistical or selfish gratification.

But genuine compassion, the antidote to ego,
arises from a humble and fearless attitude of openness and generosity.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Gesture of Balance

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