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A Mindful Guide to Email in 20 Minutes a Day

By Leo Babauta I recently did a challenge with my friend Jesse of Samovar Tea: check email just twice a day (at 10am and 4pm) for 30 minutes a session. In addition, we couldn’t check email in the morning unless we did an hour on a specific project that morning. It ended up that on […]

A Guide to the Basic Anxiety of Life

By Leo Babauta Underlying much of what we do is an uncertainty, an anxiety, a fear, doubts, dissatisfaction … And we react to these anxieties, dissatisfaction and uncertainty in so many unhelpful ways: we seek distraction, we eat unhealthy food, we procrastinate, we get caught in a cycle of anxiety and unhappiness, we lash out […]

Join Me: The Zen Habits Mindfulness Retreat in April

By Leo Babauta I’m excited to announce my first retreat: the Zen Habits Mindfulness Retreat in San Francisco! The urban retreat will be held over a weekend, on April 21-23, 2017. It’s aimed at teaching you key mindfulness skills that can help you transform your life. There are limited spots (at 3 different levels), so […]

The Compassionate Way to Health & Fitness

By Leo Babauta Lots of us would like a better body, an amazing workout habit, and a diet that celebrities would die for. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but most of us definitely have an ideal when it comes to fitness. We want to be super healthy, and we strive for it. Maybe we strive […]

How to Make Friends

By Leo Babauta I’m writing this guide for my kids as they grow up and go out into the world — but it’s for anyone who wants to connect with others. I’m writing it for my teenage self, who was shy and awkward and self-conscious. I’m writing it as a reminder to my current self, […]

A Loving Guide to Going Vegan

By Leo Babauta A loved one has decided to go vegetarian and has struggled in a couple areas, so I thought I’d write this guide for her. I’m writing it for those who want to go vegan, because that’s what I am, but the ideas apply to those going vegetarian as well. This is for […]

Letting Go of Distractions

By Leo Babauta Today I deleted several apps from my phone: Twitter, Reddit, Feedly, Snapchat, the N.Y. Times app, and more. I’m letting go of distractions, or at least learning to. In fact, I made a list of things I’m letting go of: Twitter (except to post my latest articles) Reddit Favorite blogs & websites […]

The Way of Openness: Moving Away from Comfort & Security

This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into what is unknown, uncharted and shaky – that’s called liberation. ~Pema Chodron By Leo Babauta It’s human nature to desire comfort and security. Unfortunately, that tendency is what causes most of our problems. We humans tend not to like uncertainty, discomfort, fear, instability, drastic […]

Stepping Out of Old Habits & Deeper Into Mindfulness

By Leo Babauta Most of our lives are spent following unconscious, habitual patterns. We wake and start immediately with our usual distractions, fall into regular eating habits, interact with people reactively out of old mental patterns, procrastinate and put off exercise out of old mental habits, are constantly thinking of something other than what we’re […]

Wanting Someone Else to Fulfill Our Lives

By Leo Babauta I have a friend who is lonely, who has such a good heart and desperately wants to find a partner who appreciates that goodness, to share a life with. We have all felt this, I’m guessing: this desire for a deep connection, this hope that another person will just get us and […]

Approaching Life with Beginner’s Mind

By Leo Babauta A lot of our troubles could be solved by one simple practice. A lot of joy could be found with the same practice. And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner’s mind. I’m stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism’s shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, and I’ve […]

Finding Stillness

By Leo Babauta I’ve heard from many people who say, “I think too much,” or “I can’t get out of my own head.” This is pretty common. Thinking isn’t the problem, but the struggle comes when we’re constantly spinning stories in our heads and getting caught up in them. Our minds jump from one thing […]

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 — […]

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