Cooking Healthful Joyful Meals with a Picky Family

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 might want to change to a new style of eating, picky […]

Connecting Your Work Tasks to Meaning

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, that your work just feels like busywork, not super meaningful? By the way, […]

The Zen Habits Guide to Spending Your Time Intentionally

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 many people reading this blog) would like […]


The Practice of Letting Go

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 best way, others are wrong This is the thing […]

The Mindful Fitness Challenge

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, mindfulness is such a powerful and fundamental practice that helps form […]


Getting Started with Traveling Ultralight

“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 I travel with: “That’s impressive,” he said. I was a little surprised, […]

The Rule of the Edge

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: practice at your edge most of the time. And this rule […]