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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The Drop Deeper into Mindfulness Challenge

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By Leo Babauta

As we start to form new habits for a new year, one of the primary questions to ask ourselves is: what habit should I start with?
What habit will help set me up for success for all other habits?
After nearly 15 years of changing…
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The Simple Guide to Creating Habits for a Great Year

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By Leo Babauta

It’s a new year, and many of us are looking to make positive changes in our lives.
The best way to do that is not by making resolutions, but by creating habits that will stick for the long term. If you want to run a marathon,…
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New Year: The Beautiful Minimalism of a Blank Slate

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By Leo Babauta

We have a new year upon us, and while “January 1” is just an arbitrary date, for most of us, it feels like a new beginning.
And there’s something beautifully minimalist about this new beginning — it’s a blank slate,…
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The Essential Zen Habits of 2018

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By Leo Babauta

As 2018 comes to a close, I have to say … it’s been a year of depth but also chaos and blessings for me and Zen Habits.
I’m grateful for the wonderful readers I have had for more than a decade now (all of you!), and for the…
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Ego Dropping: The Magic of Breaking Free from Self-Concern

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By Leo Babauta

There’s a mindfulness technique I’ve been practicing for a number of years now, and when I can do it, it’s like magic.
The practice is dropping the ego — dropping my self-concern, my sense of being separate from…
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A Simple Practice for Stressful Holidays

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“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”― Thich Nhat Hanh
By Leo Babauta

The holidays are some of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for many people.
In this chaotic time of travel, family gatherings, holiday parties, gift shopping…
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Training in Uncertainty

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“We are always in transition. If you can just relax with that, you’ll have no problem.” -Chogyam Trungpa
By Leo Babauta

I’ve been training in uncertainty for a few years now.
I realized that the people I coach and teach are just like…
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Training in Uncertainty

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“We are always in transition. If you can just relax with that, you’ll have no problem.” -Chogyam Trungpa
By Leo Babauta

I’ve been training in uncertainty for a few years now.
I realized that the people I coach and teach are just like…
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Simplify Technology with Limits

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By Leo Babauta

I am no technophobe, but I do believe in living consciously … and technology has a tendency to overrun our attention and our lives.
It’s designed to do that: tech companies are motivated to keep our attention in their apps,…
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A More Deliberate Way of Living

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By Leo Babauta

Our lives are often spent in a rush, almost on autopilot, drifting from one wave of busyness and distraction to another, adrift in a sea of crises and urges.
There’s noise and quick tasks, lots of tabs, messages and requests,…
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How to Get Good at Dealing With Massive Change

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By Leo Babauta

It can be stressful and anxiety-inducing to be in the middle of a bunch of life changes at once — so much so that it can turn a time of change into a time of misery.

We all go through times of massive change: a divorce,…
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