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"Practical, Action-Oriented Contentment and Compassion" by Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta has inspired millions through his writing on Zen Habits, where he's shared his experiences in building up great habits, cutting clutter and junkfood from his life, learning about great parenting and building a wonderful family, eliminating debt, increasing his income and productivity, and living a life that's more happy through and through.

Leo is now graciously participating in GiveGetWin with a practical class on "action-oriented contentment", and he sat down with Sebastian Marshall to share his thoughts on what motivates him, around what contentment is, on trusting yourself, on being compassionate and compassion as an impetus for action, on self-compassion and treating yourself well, and happiness in general. Enjoy:

"Practical, Action-Oriented Contentment and Compassion" by Leo Babauta, as told to Sebastian Marshall


On Frogoyodoe

I feel that culpability is an abused construct of our own, that has successfully made its way into the deepest parts of the human psyche. The problem with culpability is that we have made it so that it equates to fault, and not real responsibility. When anything goes wrong the first step in resolution, is to find what actaullly went wrong; this is not flawed. This is a necessary step; however when one is finding the root cause of the problem the next logical step for most people to blame someone, this is what I mean by “fault”. We need to know who’s “fault” it was. This seemed very intrinsic and logical to me a couple years ago but I now believe that finding fault is an exercise in futility. Not because you wont find the culprit but because I believe that the fault can always be traced back to yourself.

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