Zen Habits

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Zen Habits is written by Leo Babauta, and is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. –Rumi Very often, our lives are so filled with busyness and distraction that we have no space to actually listen to...
We all deal with stress on a daily basis — whether it’s the stress of being busy and overwhelmed at work, having to deal with personal crises, traffic, relationships, health, finances … stress can be a big part of...
It’s said that one of the great patriarchs of the Zen tradition, Hui Neng, was enlightened upon hearing a single verse of the Diamond Sutra (one of the key teachings in Buddhism). That verse can be translated in various...
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. The usual motivational tips...
“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”  ~Pema Chodron Life has its down periods: your boss is unhappy with you, your business is struggling, you get into a fight with...
When I was young, I would run barefoot through the jungles of Guam, being chased by bad guys, imagining I was on an Indiana Jones-style adventure. The world was filled with possibility, excitement, discovery, exploration, and a delicious sense...
Have you ever been on vacation, perhaps floating in warm ocean water, or lounging on a deck or hammock, completely relaxed? There’s a way in which you open your mind to everything around you, not thinking about it but just...
‘What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.’ ~C. S. Lewis Changing your life can seem an incredibly tough and complicated thing, especially if you’ve failed a great number of times (like I did), found it...
I’ve written a lot about simplifying your life, from the philosophy behind it to the tactical steps to getting to simplicity. But the true key isn’t in the steps, it’s in our mental habits. For example, I could get rid of...
So much of our days are filled with an underlying feeling of difficulty:   Procrastinating when things seem difficult or overwhelming Distracting ourselves and doing small tasks Feeling like we’re doing things wrong, and searching for the right answers Trying...
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