The Universal Narrative: When You Feel Unworthy

By Leo Babauta A little boy was told by his father, from a young age, that he wasn’t good enough. Not in so many words, but through his actions — by criticizing him, yelling at him, hitting him, leaving him. The boy grew up into a man, knowing that he was unworthy of praise, of […]


A Guide to Letting Go of Stress

By Leo Babauta 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 our lives. And stress has some strong effects: it makes us less happy, […]

Focus as an Antidote for Wanting to Do Everything

By Leo Babauta I have a problem, and I think most people do as well: I want to do everything. OK, not actually every single thing, but I want to do more than I possibly can: I want to do everything on my long to-do list, today I want to take on every interesting project […]


The Beautiful Mornings Challenge: Create a Sacred Morning Routine

By Leo Babauta Our days are filled with chaos, busyness and noise — often with very little time for intentional activity, quiet, solitude, mindfulness. But we can intentionally create that lovely, mindful space that we crave. Today I invite you to join me and a thousand others in my Sea Change Program as we launching […]

Develop the Powerful Habit of Mindful Focus

By Leo Babauta Creating a life of focus, purpose and mindfulness is a tough thing these days. If you’re like me, you want to bring forth your gifts to the world, but you’re pulled in a thousand directions, plagued by overwhelm, distractions, a ton of messages and emails, and so many obligations that it’s causing […]


A Guide to Habit Resilience

By Leo Babauta I’ve coached thousands of people who want to change habits, in my Sea Change Program, and I’ve found there’s a key difference between those who actually make changes and those who don’t. That key difference is what I like to call “habit resilience.” Habit resilience is the ability to bounce back when […]

The Deep Uncertainty of Meaningful Work

By Leo Babauta A man I know wanted to create a non-profit organization that was going to help give people a voice who don’t have that voice in our society. He felt really strongly about this issue, and knew that this would have a big impact on people who he cared deeply about. But he […]


The Underestimated Importance of Encouragement in Habit Change

By Leo Babauta When we’re trying to change a habit — whether its exercise or meditation or writing or quitting smoking — there are two key factors whose power most people don’t understand. The two factors are encouragement and discouragement. Let me walk you through an example. Michael wants to change his diet, and so […]