Blog Profile / Zen Habits

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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 […]

Inspiration + Aspiration

By Leo Babauta I deal every day with questions about how to stay motivated, how to stay on track, how to be excited about what I’m doing, how to stay grounded and balanced. Do you face these same issues? What I’ve been playing with are inspiration and aspiration. Followed by perspiration. Each of these words […]

How to Build an Empire

By Leo Babauta There are times when I see the successful businesses that other people are building and I instantly want to create that kind of success for myself. I want to build an empire. I want to create a startup. I want to make a successful podcast, YouTube channel, live conference — whatever success […]

The Joy of Letting Go of Stress

By Leo Babauta The holiday season can generally be one of the most stressful times of year. That’s on top of most families being so stressed they aren’t able to spend quality time together. Is stress building up in you? Is it lowering the quality of your life a bit? Try this right now: pause […]

Gratitude to Cure the Impulse to Buy More Stuff

By Leo Babauta It’s funny that two days with such opposing spirits come back-to-back in our calendars here in the U.S.: Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. One is about being thankful for what you have, and the other is about getting more of what you don’t have. They aren’t aligned at all. The good news […]

Change Your Story to Change Your Life

By Leo Babauta Whenever we undertake a new change in our lives — whether it’s starting a new job or business, or changing a new habit — we tell ourselves a story about it. We’re the hero of our story. Unfortunately, it’s not usually a very good story — it involves the hero not believing […]

How to Want Very Little

By Leo Babauta There’s a part of today’s consumerist world that drives us to want more, buy more, act on our impulses, hoard, spend to solve our problems, create comfort through shopping, seek thrills through travel, do more, be more. What would happen if we broke from our addiction to wanting and buying more? What […]

A Healthy Way to Aspire to a Better Life

By Leo Babauta I have a friend who is unhappy with his life — being in debt, lonely, with a job he doesn’t like, in a town he doesn’t like. I asked him what ideals he has about life that his current life isn’t meeting. He reflected for awhile, and said he wants to find […]

The Most Important Moment

By Leo Babauta Something I forget a lot, and have to remind myself about a lot: I’m not on my way somewhere. This moment isn’t just a stepping stone to get to another place. It’s the destination. I’m already here. I’m not on my way to a more important moment. This current moment is the […]

Living Lightly with the One-Bag Lifestyle

By Leo Babauta I’ve been on a handful of long trips this year and in recent years, and on all those trips, I lived out of a small bag. I loved living so lightly, but every time I came home, it felt weird: all of a sudden I had about 10x more stuff. It didn’t […]

Overcoming the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Creating

By Leo Babauta Every day I struggle with the resistance to writing, and every day I lose the struggle. And then I win. I lose more often than I win, but I win every day. And that’s what matters. Because we can’t get rid of the resistance to create — whether that’s creating art, starting […]

Avoid the Tendency to Think Your Way is the True Way

By Leo Babauta One thing I’ve been noticing in myself over the last few months, and I see other people doing it all the time, is thinking that my way is the right way to do things. I bet you do it too. We all do it — if we’re not worried that we’re doing […]

The Underrated, Essential Art of Coping

By Leo Babauta You might think that when someone says, “I’m coping,” that it’s not such a big deal. You’d be wrong. The skill of coping is highly underrated, and our inability to cope with difficult feelings can lead to major problems, including health problems, financial ruin, work procrastination, even death. Not such an insignificant […]

Redesigning Your Life’s Interface

By Leo Babauta If you’ve ever tried to use a smart phone, or a website, you’re using a user interface. If done well, this interface has been designed to help you do what you want: check your messages, read an article, find information, get stuff done. Our lives have interfaces too. We just don’t often […]

Habit Relapse: What To Do If You Fall From Your Diet or Good Habits

By Leo Babauta A few people have written me recently about falling off their good habits: a relapse after months of healthy eating, or getting derailed from good habits they’ve been forming like exercise or writing. It’s discouraging to fall off your diet or good habits, and you an get to a point where you […]

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