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Zen Habits

Herding Cats: A Simple Method for Working with the Disorder of Our Lives

By Leo Babauta When we’re trying to change our habits and our lives, even if you have some success, you’ll notice two longer-term difficulties: Habit efforts get sidetracked, you are constantly in a

The Practice of Vast Open Sky

Body like a mountain Breath like the wind Mind like the sky ~Tibetan Meditation Instruction By Leo Babauta A number of meditation traditions have practices that are a dropping of the ego into wide

A Challenge: Create a Daily Reading Habit

By Leo Babauta As I went through last month’s decluttering challenge, I realized I had a bunch of books I want to read, but that I don’t actually set aside time to read them. A lot of aspirational

8 Key Lessons for Living a Simple Life

By Leo Babauta For the last dozen years, I’ve been living a (relatively) simple life. At times, the complexity of my life grows, and I renew my commitment to living simply. Living a simple life is

The Three Most Powerful Motivations

By Leo Babauta We all have times when we’re not sticking to our plans, not feeling psyched about what we’re supposed to be doing, and when we know we just need to get some motivation to get moving.

How to Thrive in the Midst of Personal Turbulence

By Leo Babauta Two people wrote to me recently (a stranger and a good friend) who are going through some pretty turbulent times in their lives. The stranger is going through family chaos and health

Simplicity as Spiritual Practice: Declutter for Deep Personal Growth

By Leo Babauta When we begin to declutter our lives, often it’s because we long for some kind of peace, some space, some relief from the chaos … or perhaps it’s to start to lead a more intentional,

The Stories That Stop Us From Being Present & Taking Action

Most of us have spent our lives caught up in plans, expectations, ambitions for the future; in regrets, guilt or shame about the past. To come into the present is to stop the war.” ~Jack Kornfield By

A Guide to Letting Go of Shame & Fear

By Leo Babauta Many of us are so often in a state of shame or fear that we often don’t realize they’re even there. Shame and fear pervade most of our lives to an extent rarely understood, so that our

The Declutter Your Space Challenge

By Leo Babauta Our lives get filled with clutter not instantly but slowly, one gift or purchase at a time, so slowly that it’s difficult to even notice the clutter creep happening. But it does happen,

The Magic of Seeing Everything as Sacred

By Leo Babauta When we wake up in the morning, many of us automatically go on our phones or computers and start reading, checking messages, responding to things, and moving through our online world on

Create Structure When You’re Floundering

By Leo Babauta The best of intentions often flops around without some kind of structure. You might decide you’re going to change your diet and lose some weight, but when mealtime comes around, you

It’s Not a Problem, It’s an Experience

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” ~Pema Chodron By Leo Babauta Life has its down periods: your boss is unhappy with you, your business

The Ground of Your Basic Goodness

By Leo Babauta A lot of the time, life can be pretty stressful: You feel like you’re treading water, or drowning from an overwhelming number of things to do. You feel bad about yourself because you’re

A Life of Peacefulness

By Leo Babauta Most of us want a greater sense of peace and ease in our lives — life can be stressful, chaotic, overwhelming, full of distractions, exhausting. We want to get away from all of that,

A Guide to a Life of Purpose

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” ~Rumi By Leo Babauta One of the things I want of people who join the Fearless Training Program is to have some kind of deeper purpose in life.

Join My Fearless Training Program & Be a Part of My Mission

By Leo Babauta I’ve just launched a new Patreon campaign called the Fearless Training Program, and I could not be more excited about it. I’m on a mission, over the next two years, to create the best

June Challenge: Eat Healthy Meals to Get Sexier

By Leo Babauta OK, so the title was an attention-grabber, I’ll admit — eating healthier meals won’t necessarily make you sexier. But that’s because most of you are as sexy as possible already. Still,

Finding Stillness: Resting at Home in the Middle of Chaos

By Leo Babauta There’s a part of us that wants to find peace from all the chaos in our lives, all the busyness and distractions and complication and stress and overwhelmingness of it all. We want to

Act with Devotion & Intention, Letting Go of Attachment to Outcome

By Leo Babauta You’re starting a project or a new exercise plan, and it’s in shaky new territory for you. You feel doubt about whether you can do it, and so you’re tensely doing everything you can to