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 […]

Completing Your Side Quests

There’s an idea (from Hinduism, I believe) that if you want to dedicate yourself to a path of spiritual awakening, yet some seemingly lower desire keeps nagging at you, then you should go pursue that desire first and get it out of your system. If it takes years to do this, that’s okay. You’ll be […]

Completing Your Side Quests

There’s an idea (from Hinduism, I believe) that if you want to dedicate yourself to a path of spiritual awakening, yet some seemingly lower desire keeps nagging at you, then you should go pursue that desire first and get it out of your system. If it takes years to do this, that’s okay. You’ll be…

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. […]

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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 […]

Duty

This morning I was reading a small portion of The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda and came across this passage: What is duty after all? It is really the impulsion of the flesh, of our attachment; and when an attachment has become established, we call it duty. For instance, in countries where there is no marriage, there is no […]

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. […]

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 […]