Meditating in the Middle of Chaos

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By Leo Babauta

The wind and rain were swirling around me powerfully, as I sat in my mom’s tropical flower garden in Guam and meditated.
A tropical storm was passing close to Guam, where I’m living at the moment, and I decided to go out into…
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Vast Mind: 3 Ways to Open Beyond the Self-Concern of Our Small Mind

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By Leo Babauta

Most of the time, we are caught up in what can be called “small mind”: the small world of self-concern, of wanting to get what we want and avoid what we don’t want.
This is the cause of our suffering — always running to…
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Cooking Healthful Joyful Meals with a Picky Family

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By Leo Babauta

Shifting from a convenient but unhealthy diet to one of healthful, delicious joy can be a challenge when you’re living alone — but there’s a whole new level of challenge if you are part of a family.
The problem: while you…
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Why We Struggle to Make Time for Solitude

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By Leo Babauta

How often do you take time to go out for an hourlong walk? To just sit out in nature doing nothing but contemplating and enjoying the silence?
I’m sure there are a few of you who indulge in this luxury regularly, but most of us…
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Connecting Your Work Tasks to Meaning

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By Leo Babauta

I’m really good at getting a lot of things done, taking action, piling up a buttload of completed tasks.
Action isn’t my problem — it’s making the tasks themselves feel more meaningful.
Do any of you have that problem,…
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The Zen Habits Guide to Spending Your Time Intentionally

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By Leo Babauta

Yesterday I was on a call with an active member of my Fearless Training Program, and she asked a question about how to spend her time more intentionally.
Her key insight for me was that a lot of people in the program (and I think…
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The Zen Habits Guide to Spending Your Time Intentionally

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By Leo Babauta

Yesterday I was on a call with an active member of my Fearless Training Program, and she asked a question about how to spend her time more intentionally.
Her key insight for me was that a lot of people in the program (and I think…
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The Practice of Letting Go

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By Leo Babauta

There are a number of times when our mind clings to something tightly, and it is rarely helpful:

I am right, the other person is wrong
That person is living their life in the wrong way, they should change
My preference is the…
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The Mindful Fitness Challenge

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By Leo Babauta

As New Year’s resolutions fade and we realize we need to try something else to get fit … I invite you to try a combination of two things that I’ve found to work really well:

Mindfulness: As I’ve said many times before,…
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The Mindful Fitness Challenge

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By Leo Babauta

As New Year’s resolutions fade and we realize we need to try something else to get fit … I invite you to try a combination of two things that I’ve found to work really well:

Mindfulness: As I’ve said many times before,…
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The Best Things I’ve Learned About Raising Children

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By Leo Babauta

I don’t consider myself a parenting expert, but I have helped raise six kids (along with their mothers), and being a father has been one of the most rewarding things in my life.
And while I’m not a perfect father, I think…
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Getting Started with Traveling Ultralight

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“He who would travel happily must travel light.”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

By Leo Babauta

I’m on a trip at the moment, and a friend who generously let me sleep on his couch looked at my small travel backpack and commented on how little…
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The Rule of the Edge

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By Leo Babauta

In all of my many challenges and habit changes and book writing and learning, I’ve found one thing to be the most powerfully beneficial to all growth, learning and training.
I call it the Rule of the Edge.
Here’s the rule:…
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The Beautiful and Scary Practice of Moving Closer

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By Leo Babauta

Life is full of all kinds of stresses, and each of us has habitual ways of reacting to those stresses — we procrastinate, run to comforts, lash out or distance ourselves from others, try to exit from a stressful place, mentally…
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The Beautiful and Scary Practice of Moving Closer

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By Leo Babauta

Life is full of all kinds of stresses, and each of us has habitual ways of reacting to those stresses — we procrastinate, run to comforts, lash out or distance ourselves from others, try to exit from a stressful place, mentally…
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My Mission to Change a Million Lives Through Uncertainty Training

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By Leo Babauta

My friends, I am on a mission.
I am going to change a million lives through my uncertainty training, helping people shift how they deal with fear and the chaos of their lives.
Every day, we deal with doubts, with feeling…
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