Ajahn Chah, Oral Biography Episode 31,Tough Practices and Dhammapada

Aahn Chah starts his formal teaching and Tough ascetic practices, pushing the physical limits.

Having performed a wholesome act
it is good to repeat it.
Enjoy the pleasure of its memory.
The fruit of goodness is contentment.
v. 118

The Dhamma encourages us to bring to heart thememory of wholesome acts performed by body,speech or mind and to dwell in the sense of gladness that arises with that recollection. We are not at risk of becoming overly pleased with ourselves if mindfulness is present. We can similarly contemplate our mistakes and shortcomings without losing sight of our goodness if we have developed wise reflection. That we can observe our habits shows that we are much more than those habits. What is
it that observes? This is our refuge – awareness – the way out of suffering. With this very awareness we can freely dwell in the joy of recollecting goodness. And what a relief to find that we can make mistakes and learn from them.

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