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What I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Zen Habits

By Leo Babauta Unbelievably, this month marks 10 years since I started Zen Habits. I’ve had an amazing decade, and I’d like to reflect on those years today. I’ve seen so much change in the last 10 years that I can’t possibly reflect on all of it. Just a few examples of how my life […]

How to Cultivate a Year of Mindfulness

By Leo Babauta In 2016, I practiced mindfulness more than I ever have before, after 10 years of sporadic practice. I meditated regularly, practiced with a local Zen group, did a great one-day sitting, went on a retreat, took courses, read books, practiced mindful eating and exercise, learned some great new practices, and taught several […]

Sea Change Program: Change Your Life in 2017

By Leo Babauta I believe the freshness of this year brings a renewed energy for changing our lives. I believe 2017 can be great for all of us, with a bit of focus and effort. So I’ve created a revised Sea Change Program that’s geared to creating a great 2017 for all of you, full […]

Essential Zen Habits of 2016

By Leo Babauta It’s been quite an amazing year for me and Zen Habits. I’m glad I’ve had all of you along with me for the ride. Other than the 2016 election and other craziness in the world, which I decline to discuss on this site, a lot has happened for me personally: Eva’s dad […]

Mindfully Free of Wanting People to Be a Certain Way

By Leo Babauta One of the biggest sources of difficulties for every single human being is the desire for people to be a certain way. We can’t seem to help it: we want the world to be the way we want it. Unfortunately, reality always has different plans, and people behave in less-than-ideal ways. The […]

5 Tips For When You Have Too Much to Do

By Leo Babauta Too much to do, not enough time. This is a perpetual problem for a lot of people, but it seems to be especially pronounced during the holidays. With holiday events, shopping, travel, family visiting … things tend to pile on top of our already busy lives. But no matter what time of […]

Zen of Busy: Continual Letting Go When You’re Overwhelmed

By Leo Babauta These past two weeks have been hectic and exhausting for me. My wife’s father passed away, and I’ve been in non-stop planning, coordinating, cooking, cleaning, driving around mode. Yesterday was the funeral, and it was a long, tiring and busy day. Incredibly sad, but busy. In the midst of this busyness, I’ve […]

In Memory of Juan “Brand” Cruz, a Man Who Inspired Me to Be Better

By Leo Babauta About 10 days ago, my wife Eva’s father Juan “Brand” Salas Cruz passed away, and he left an immense legacy. He also changed me in ways I am only now beginning to realize. He was a man of fierce and immense love for his family and anyone whose life he touched — […]

The Habit Guide Ebook: My Most Effective Habit Methods & Solutions

By Leo Babauta I’m thrilled to share with you my newest ebook about habits, and perhaps my best yet on the topic: The Habit Guide: Zen Habits’ Effective Habit Methods & Solutions. I wrote this for the Kickstarter backers of my Habit Zen app (so if you’re a backer, don’t buy this, check your Kickstarter […]

Video: How We Get Hooked, & How to Unlearn Our Patterns

By Leo Babauta In more ways than we often realize, we get caught up in our stories, and get latched into mental patterns that leave us frustrated, angry, full of resentment … or cause us to procrastinate. In other words, getting caught up is the cause of lots of our problems. I recorded a webinar […]

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 […]

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