The Antidote to Self-Harshness & Resentment

By Leo Babauta There are two poisons that have hurt me so much over the years: Self-harshness — I have so often been critical of myself, harsh on myself, about all my little failures, that this harshness has become one of the biggest things holding me back. Resentment – I’ve increasingly become aware of how […]

Three Practices for the Overwhelmed, Stressed, Anxious

By Leo Babauta Many of us feel overwhelmed by all we need to do, and it can be downright stressful. I’d like to share three practices to take you from overwhelmed to just whelmed. You can’t eliminate stress, anxiety or the feeling of being overwhelmed from your life, nor would you want to. However, you […]

An Intimate Retreat to Create Mindfulness, Life Change & Magic

By Leo Babauta One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced was opening my heart and making powerful, intimate connections with 20+ strangers in the cloud rainforest of Ecuador last year. It was this experience of connection and vulnerability, mindfulness and reflecting on life purpose, that inspired me to create my own live, intimate […]

My New Video Course: Dealing with Struggles

By Leo Babauta I’m really excited to tell you guys about my new video course, Dealing with Struggles, which I’m launching today. It’s for anyone who is struggling with: Frustration Procrastination Changing their habits Feeling overwhelmed Stress and anxiety Feeling down or unmotivated Relationship problems Unhappy with their direction in life Feeling bad about themselves […]

4 Step Guide to Letting Go of the Past

By Leo Babauta We’re constantly struggling with the past, in so many ways: Mistakes we’ve made that we regret or that make us feel bad about ourselves Anger about something someone did to us Frustration about how things have progressed up until now A wish that things turned out differently Stories about what happened that […]

The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For

By Leo Babauta Our lives are spent building up to more important moments, later, the moments when we’ll be happy. But when those moments come, we’re not happier. In fact, we’re already looking ahead to the next big moments: an upcoming trip, a big project being completed, meeting up with friends, getting that great thing […]

Why I’m Always in a Hurry, & What I’m Doing About It

By Leo Babauta I’ve come to realize, more and more, that I’m always rushing. I rush from one task to the next, rush through eating my food, impatient for meditation to be over, rushing through reading something, rushing to get somewhere, anxious to get a task or project finished. What’s the deal? This coming from […]

A Guide to the Basic Anxiety of Life

By Leo Babauta Underlying much of what we do is an uncertainty, an anxiety, a fear, doubts, dissatisfaction … And we react to these anxieties, dissatisfaction and uncertainty in so many unhelpful ways: we seek distraction, we eat unhealthy food, we procrastinate, we get caught in a cycle of anxiety and unhappiness, we lash out […]

Wanting Someone Else to Fulfill Our Lives

By Leo Babauta I have a friend who is lonely, who has such a good heart and desperately wants to find a partner who appreciates that goodness, to share a life with. We have all felt this, I’m guessing: this desire for a deep connection, this hope that another person will just get us and […]

Approaching Life with Beginner’s Mind

By Leo Babauta A lot of our troubles could be solved by one simple practice. A lot of joy could be found with the same practice. And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner’s mind. I’m stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism’s shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, and I’ve […]