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The Zen Habits Guide to Letting Go of Attachments

By Leo Babauta I’ve been finding more and more that the Buddha had it right: pretty much all of our struggles, from frustrations to anxiety, from anger to sadness, from grief to worry, all stem from the same thing … The struggles come from being too tightly attached to something. When we’re worried, we are […]

Our Everloving Quest to Control Our Lives

By Leo Babauta Almost our entire lives are spent in a quest to gain control, security and comfort in our lives. Unfortunately, we never really get it, so we keep trying, relentlessly. This is the main activity of our lives. What would happen if we stopped? We could be less restricted by fear, less anxious, […]

Opt Out: A Simplicity Manifesto

By Leo Babauta Our lives become filled, even controlled, by the things we think we need to do. We think we can’t live without these things, but actually, we can. We can opt out. Think about how busy our lives have become. Think about how distracted we’ve become. Think about how many things needlessly pull […]

Why We Struggle with Change

By Leo Babauta We think we need to improve ourselves and our current situation, because we’re dissatisfied (at least a little bit) with how things are. We have a drive to improve, improve. So we strive for change — exercise more, eat better, read more, be more mindful, do more meaningful work, be more disciplined. […]

How to Become the World’s Greatest Lover

By Leo Babauta You reject the limitations of being a romantic Cassanova, restricted to loving only those who fall for your seductions. You want to love every one. Every single living being. Everything in this miraculous universe. You learn to love it all, in its majestic entirety. You don’t discriminate between the aesthetically beautiful or […]

Our Relationship with the Present Moment

By Leo Babauta Have you ever thought of the present moment as a loved one? I’ve been working with this thought lately, and I find it helpful when I’m feeling rushed, distracted, worried, upset, frustrated, anxious, sad, irritated. Let’s think for a moment about our relationship with this loved one we might call the Present […]

Let Everything Breathe

By Leo Babauta As you sit here reading these words, you are breathing … stop for a moment and notice this breath. You could control the breath, and make it behave as you like … or you can simply let yourself breathe. There is peace in just letting your body breathe, without having to do […]

The Monthly Review

By Leo Babauta I talked about the Year-End Reflection as a way to look back on your year, realize your accomplishments, solidify your learning … but that can take a lot of work, because we forget a lot of what we’ve done. Enter the Monthly Review. I just started doing this, actually, after realizing that […]

Unconventional Productivity

By Leo Babauta There isn’t a productivity guide in the world that will solve the problems that pretty much all of us face daily. I’m the same as you — I face these obstacles to getting stuff done: Doing busywork, instead of important work. Going to distractions instead of doing difficult work. Being tired and […]

What I Learned From Taking a Knife Defense Class

By Leo Babauta I took a knife self-defense class this past weekend with my friend Jesse, and it was way harder than I expected. Now, you might be wondering, what is a peaceful guy like Leo doing taking a knife class? Lots of reasons, but curiosity was the biggest one. I wanted to join Jesse […]

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

By Leo Babauta The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none. Meditation has helped me to form all my other habits, it’s helped me to become more peaceful, more focused, less worried about discomfort, more appreciative and attentive to everything in my life. […]

Rules for Getting Organized & Decluttered

By Leo Babauta What would it take to get your life decluttered and organized? That might be a tall order for many of us, but the truth is, we could do it in bursts and spurts, using a handful of easy-to-follow rules. The other day I wrote about the idea of setting rules instead of […]

Instead of Goals or Resolutions, Try Creating Rules

By Leo Babauta I’m convinced that creating goals or resolutions is hardwired into us, because we can’t stop making them. Unfortunately, we’re not as equipped for making the goals come true, and the pattern most of us have seen is that we start a goal with optimism, only to be disappointed when we haven’t done […]

6 Ways to Create an Awesome 2016

By Leo Babauta It’s the start of a new year, and like me, you’re filled with optimism. A new year is like a blank slate, and you can fill it with whatever you want! Unfortunately, most people make a bunch of resolutions and then let them fizzle out by the end of the first month […]

The Practice of Year-End Reflection

By Leo Babauta Every year, I like to close the year by reflecting on my past year. I find it to deepen the learning I’ve made, plus it makes me more appreciative of the power of a year. I reflected a bit on my past year in this post, but before that, I spent about […]

Essential Zen Habits of 2015

By Leo Babauta What a year it has been. This past year has been filled with personal tragedy, triumphs, travel, connection with friends, creation, and learning. And I’ve been able to have all of you with me, all year. I’m deeply grateful for that. Some big things happened for me this year: My dad died. […]

My New Book: Essential Zen Habits

By Leo Babauta I’m so excited to share my new book with you that I’ve been working on for the last few months! My new book is called Essential Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change, Briefly. It’s a concise guide to changing habits and dealing with struggles. I made it intentionally brief so that […]

What I’ve Been Excited About (& How I Work)

By Leo Babauta The last couple of months, I’ve been super excited by a couple of projects. I think I’ve been afraid to share them with all of you, as I work on them, because I’m afraid I’ll fail. I’ll struggle inevitably, give up, and embarrass myself. So I don’t let you behind the curtain. […]

31 Perfect Things

By Leo Babauta As we see more and more holiday gift guides, articles espousing the perfectness of glitzy products, I’d like to offer an alternative perspective. We don’t need to buy things to make our lives beautiful or joyous. We don’t need more glamorous items in our lives to find happiness and contentment. We can […]

Constantly Worried About How Others Perceive Us

By Leo Babauta If someone tells you that they don’t care what other people think, they are fooling themselves. None of us are free from this worry. Everyone is trying to look good in the eyes of others. Everyone stresses out about how they look, how they’re perceived, whether people think they’re awesome or good […]

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