How to Make Friends

By Leo Babauta I’m writing this guide for my kids as they grow up and go out into the world — but it’s for anyone who wants to connect with others. I’m writing it for my teenage self, who was shy and awkward and self-conscious. I’m writing it as a reminder to my current self, […]

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A Loving Guide to Going Vegan

By Leo Babauta A loved one has decided to go vegetarian and has struggled in a couple areas, so I thought I’d write this guide for her. I’m writing it for those who want to go vegan, because that’s what I am, but the ideas apply to those going vegetarian as well. This is for […]

Letting Go of Distractions

By Leo Babauta Today I deleted several apps from my phone: Twitter, Reddit, Feedly, Snapchat, the N.Y. Times app, and more. I’m letting go of distractions, or at least learning to. In fact, I made a list of things I’m letting go of: Twitter (except to post my latest articles) Reddit Favorite blogs & websites […]

The Way of Openness: Moving Away from Comfort & Security

This moving away from comfort and security, this stepping out into what is unknown, uncharted and shaky – that’s called liberation. ~Pema Chodron By Leo Babauta It’s human nature to desire comfort and security. Unfortunately, that tendency is what causes most of our problems. We humans tend not to like uncertainty, discomfort, fear, instability, drastic […]

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Stepping Out of Old Habits & Deeper Into Mindfulness

By Leo Babauta Most of our lives are spent following unconscious, habitual patterns. We wake and start immediately with our usual distractions, fall into regular eating habits, interact with people reactively out of old mental patterns, procrastinate and put off exercise out of old mental habits, are constantly thinking of something other than what we’re […]