The Habit Dip

By Leo Babauta I was talking with a group of people in my Sea Change Program who had success with some difficult habits for a few months … and then hit a dip. This dip is something everyone faces when changing habits: we lose motivation, we get discouraged, we encounter difficulty, we lose focus because […]

The New Normal

By Leo Babauta It’s time for us to accept that this pandemic, and social isolation, are here for awhile. But in addition to that, our reality has changed, possibly for good. We’re in a new normal. Some things that have changed for many of us: A sense of restriction: We’re not able to do our […]

Be a Hell Yes to Life

By Leo Babauta So often, we reject the experience in front of us. It’s usually out of habit, from not wanting this particular experience, not liking the discomfort or uncertainty … or really not liking the fact that we aren’t going to get what we want. We reject the experience in front of us: Not […]

We’re All Monastics Now

By Leo Babauta My Zen teacher Susan recently told a group of her students at the end of a Zen meditation retreat, “We’re all monastics now.” In this global pandemic, we’re in an era of isolation, retreat. We’re also in an era of heightened uncertainty. This can be a terrible thing, and drive us to […]

Cut Through Addictions & Distractions: Feel the Discomfort & Uncertainty

By Leo Babauta Our lives are pervaded with addictions and distractions. Social media, shopping, favorite websites and video services, alcohol, cigarettes, biting nails, porn, drugs, sweets, fried foods, soda, coffee, gambling, gaming, workaholism, complaining, avoiding, procrastinating, perfectionism, fantasizing, rationalizing, self-hating, sex addiction, drama addiction. These addictions are some of the most common ways we have […]

A Guide to Dealing with Uncertainty About What Path to Take

By Leo Babauta  The amount of time we spend fretting over what path to take, when we’re feeling uncertain, can sometimes be staggering. We’re entering into unknown territory, and we don’t know how to proceed. It happens all the time for many of us: we start a new job, launch a new venture, change careers, […]

Wolves at Your Heels: The Fear That You’re Always Behind, Doing the Wrong Thing, & Generally Screwing Things Up Royally

By Leo Babauta I spoke with someone who so beautifully explained their biggest problem that I had to stop and catch my breath. It spoke to the human condition incredibly well. Some of the things they mentioned: I’ve been so frustrated with myself lately that I find myself fighting back tears. I feel confused and […]

The Create Fearlessly Challenge

By Leo Babauta A couple days ago, I invited you to join me in the Get Fit & Active Challenge in Sea Change … today, I’m going to invite you to something very different from that. It’s called the Create Fearlessly Challenge, and it’s a part of my Fearless Training Program. It’s for anyone who […]