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The Mental Habit of Feeling Rushed & Overwhelmed

By Leo Babauta As we dive into the holiday season, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, rushed, even irritated by family members and others around us. I’d like to encourage you to try a mindfulness practice. Here’s the practice: Notice each time you feel rushed, anxious or overwhelmed. Try to develop an awareness of it throughout […]

The Fearless Challenge

By Leo Babauta There’s a big part of all of us that doesn’t ever want to face our fears. The fears operate in the backs of our minds, affecting our lives in so many ways: we procrastinate, lash out at others in frustration, hold ourselves back from connecting with others in a meaningful way, stop […]

The Path of Fearlessness

By Leo Babauta The more I work with people who are struggling with habits or life problems, the more I see how fears are holding us back. Fears stop us from building healthy and productive habits. Fears cause us to procrastinate, keep us from finding work that is meaningful (or doing that work if we’ve […]

How to Not Be Driven by Your Aversions

By Leo Babauta I have a friend who doesn’t realize how much he dislikes so many things — much of his life is spent avoiding things he doesn’t like, or trying to rush through things like exercise, or annoyed by people who do things he doesn’t like. We all have aversions to things, more than […]

Compassion in the Midst of Madness

By Leo Babauta Whether you’re in the U.S. or not, the results of yesterday’s election can bring up some strong feelings — maybe outrage or depression, maybe elation and shock, maybe contempt for others. In this crazy emotional time, I urge you to try a compassion practice. Perhaps, like some people I know, you are […]

A Guide to Dealing with Dissatisfaction with Ourselves

By Leo Babauta The more I talk to people about their struggles, the more I realize that we all have some sense of dissatisfaction with ourselves. I have it, and I’d be willing to be everyone reading this does too. Consider some of the ways we’re dissatisfied with ourselves: We constantly have a feeling that […]

The Way to Finding Powerful Human Connection

By Leo Babauta As I write this, I’m sitting in cloud-filled rainforest at a retreat in Ecuador, surrounded by the calls of thousands of tropical birds and creatures, dense lush greenery, and some of the most open-hearted human beings I’ve ever met. Before I came here, I had some anxiety about meeting everyone, worried what […]

Soaking in the Wonder of the Emerging Moment

By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been using the image of an empty cup to find a more peaceful state of mind. One of the most peaceful, meditative states is when you’re just open to noticing what’s around you and happening in the present moment. You’re just receiving the world around you (yourself included), soaking in […]

Relax Into the Moment

By Leo Babauta You might be surprised how often we’re resisting life. If you assess your body right now, I bet you can find some kind of tension or tightness. For me, it’s often in my chest, but sometimes it’s in my jaw, face, neck or shoulders. Where does this tightness come from? We’re struggling […]

Little Changes Can Make a Huge Difference

By Leo Babauta When I’m feeling down, I make a list of what’s contributing to the down-ness: Didn’t get enough sleep Overwhelmed by too much to do Not exercising or eating well Got in an argument with someone Feeling uncertainty about something So there might be five different factors contributing to a funk. That’s a […]

Ultralight: The Zen Habits Guide to Traveling Light & Living Light (short read ebook)

By Leo Babauta I’m excited to announce the latest “short read” ebook that I’ve written: Ultralight: The Zen Habits Guide to Traveling Light & Living Light. Traveling light has become one of the joys of my life, shedding the extra weight in return for freedom, lightness, and energy. This book contains my recommendations and methods […]

End of Busy: A Deliberate Life vs. Reactive Life, with Jonathan Fields

By Leo Babauta Every day, we get caught up in busyness — reacting to what comes at us, lost in the thousands of tasks and emails we have to deal with, and we are so busy dealing with all of it that we get stuck on autopilot. What if we could get out of that […]

A Short Guide to Starting, if You’re Struggling

By Leo Babauta I know a lot of people who fall into a slump, losing the habit of exercise, procrastinating with work, slipping into a bad diet, and generally not feeling motivated. It’s hard to get out of a slump like that. It’s hard to get going again, to get started when all the forces […]

6 Practical Ways to Practice Being Present

By Leo Babauta There are a lot of amazing benefits to being more present and mindful, but one of my favorites is this: you’re not missing the beauty and joy of the present moment. Being present also helps you to see when you are feeling fear or resistance, uncertainty or the urge to procrastinate, anger […]

A Method for Dealing with Feeling Stressed & Overwhelmed

By Leo Babauta I have an overwhelming amount on my mind today, and with that feeling of being overwhelmed, my stress levels have gone up significantly. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice being present. We all experience stress, we all get overwhelmed, and we can drown in it and let it rule our lives […]

A Primer on Understanding & Compassion

By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me that he is frustrated with himself — he hasn’t been as compassionate to people as he’d like recently. Lots of us experience this: we’re judgmental, quick to snap at people, getting frustrated with how other people act, judging people who have different beliefs than us. The reader […]

How to Write Every Day

By Leo Babauta I write every single day. I do it for a living, of course, but I think writing daily has allowed me to do it for a living. I journal, I write blog posts, courses for my Sea Change program, books and ebooks. For fun, I’ve written 50,000 words of a novel for […]

Kickstarter Bonus: Dealing with Struggles Video Course

By Leo Babauta As I get closer to the goal for my Habit Zen app on Kickstarter, I’ve decided to add a new bonus reward: a video course on dealing with life struggles. It’s for anyone who is struggling with: Frustration Feeling overwhelmed Stress and anxiety Feeling down or unmotivated Unhappy with their direction in […]

What’s the Most Loving Thing You Can Do?

By Leo Babauta The question I’ve been asking myself lately, before I do anything, is a deceptively simple one: “What’s the most loving thing you can do in this situation?“ Now, that might sound corny to some of you, might seem irrelevant to most of you. But give me one minute of your time to […]

Habit Guide Ebook, Habit Mastery Video Course, and Mindfulness Seminar Available

By Leo Babauta I told you guys earlier about the Kickstarter campaign for my Habit Zen app, but today I wanted to share three special rewards that I included in that campaign: a habit guide ebook, my new Habit Mastery video course, and a one-day mindfulness seminar with me in San Francisco. These are three […]

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