The Possibility of Slowing Down
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by zenhabits
1w ago
By Leo Babauta Our days are a busy rush, often from the moment we wake up. Even in our moments of rest, we are often on our phones or using technology to distract ourselves. The result is a life of stress, overwhelm, and habitual patterns. What would it be like to slow down? To find stillness in your day, moments of rest and quietude? The possibility of slowing down goes much deeper than just having a bit less busyness in your day … Slowing down, if we go deeper, allows us to: Notice what’s coming up for us, and to attend to our emotions. This is much, much more important than people realize ..read more
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The Chaos & Abundance of Spring
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by zenhabits
2w ago
By Leo Babauta For many of us in the Northern hemisphere, Spring has fully arrived: gorgeous sunshine, warmer weather, green trees, blossoms. It’s glorious! With Spring comes life springing into action, full of abundance. This is the chaos of life, full and energetic and exuberant. It’s chaotic but in the most affirming of ways. This abundance and chaos can fill us up, if we let it. If you’re feeling drained and empty, then you can let yourself feel the nourishing abundance of life all around you. Chaos can be stressful, or restorative — depending on our attitude towards it. Here’s the practic ..read more
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The Moment That Ruins Our Focus
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by zenhabits
3w ago
By Leo Babauta I challenge you to do a test before you read the rest of this post (well OK, read the next two paragraphs then go do the challenge) … Open an email that’s been sitting in your inbox but that you’ve been avoiding responding to or acting on. Pick the hardest one. Try to sit there, read the email, and then act on it and/or respond to it. Then notice if there’s a moment when you want to just get away from that email. What does that moment feel like? This moment of overwhelm and anxiety is usually invisible to most of us. It happens multiple times throughout the day (possibly dozens ..read more
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The Focus of a Monk
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by zenhabits
1M ago
By Leo Babauta As I write this, I’m on a long plane ride — I’ve written many posts on planes and trains, and I find it actually much easier to write this way despite the shakiness of my laptop on these rides. It’s easy to write on planes and trains because there’s not as much to do. I don’t get the Internet option on planes because it really limits my options. That’s a good thing for focus. On planes, I can do one of a few things: read, watch a movie, sleep, or write. Those are all good options, but they’re limited. I tend to think about it for a minute, and then choose one to focus on for a w ..read more
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Cultivate a Positive Mindset
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by zenhabits
1M ago
By Leo Babauta One of the best long-term things you can do for a happier life and better relationships is to cultivate a positive mindset. People with positive mindsets live longer, happier lives. They have lower rates of heart disease, cancer. They live about 7.5 years longer, on average. That’s huge. So developing a positive mindset can be one of the most impactful things you can do for yourself. And there are a ton of downstream effects: you are kinder to others when you’re happier, so your relationships are better. You are more playful, more joyful, more likely to take positive actions and ..read more
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How to Break Dependence on the Phone
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by Amanda Goddard
2M ago
By Leo Babauta On average, people spend more than 3 hours on their phones each day, picking up their phones nearly 60 times a day … with some people spending closer to 4 hours. These numbers aren’t meant to be judgments — it’s not a bad thing to look at your phone — but instead are meant to bring some awareness to our phone usage. A lot of people I talk to want to decrease their usage of phones — not necessarily decreasing to zero, but decreasing impulsive usage of their phones. Many of us tend to grab our phones anytime there’s a lull, and once you get on your phone it can lead to mindless sc ..read more
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How to Develop a Strong Sense of Self
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by zenhabits
2M ago
By Leo Babauta Developing a strong sense of self is one of the most under-appreciated ways to be happy. To have healthy relationships, with others and with yourself. It’s not often understood, and as a result, problems in this area cause problems in all areas of our lives. Let me point out just some of the common symptoms of an under-developed sense of self: People pleasing Conflict avoidance Not being honest about how you feel Losing yourself in a relationship Distancing yourself from your partner when you’re afraid Hiding things, cheating on your partner Not being able to take care of your ..read more
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Why I Am Vegan (and how to make it easy)
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by zenhabits
3M ago
By Leo Babauta My wife Eva and I have been vegan for over 11 years now, and we love it. I don’t talk about veganism a lot on Zen Habits, but today I’d love to share a little about it, if you’ll indulge me. Let me start by talking about why I’m vegan, and then I’ll share a few tips on how to make becoming vegan as easy as possible, in case you’re interested. So the first thing is that veganism, for me, is about compassion. Yes, it has a huge environmental impact — probably bigger than anything else you can do, including ditching a car or going electric vehicle. Yes, switching to eating plants c ..read more
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How to Address What’s Really Causing Your Avoidance
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by zenhabits
3M ago
By Leo Babauta When we are procrastinating, avoiding exercise or some other habit we want to create, or avoiding taking on a difficult project … the underlying cause is rarely what we think it is. We think that all we need to do is do the thing we’re avoiding, and stop procrastinating. Simple! But then when we fail, we wonder what’s wrong with us. The problem is that we aren’t really addressing the real cause. We’re addressing the symptom, and while there are tactics that can help with the symptom, they rarely last for very long. So what causes our avoidance? An underlying emotional current. S ..read more
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Become Quiet So You Can Listen
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by zenhabits
4M ago
By Leo Babauta “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” ― Rumi There’s rarely a moment in the day when most of us stop moving and stop the noise. For most of us, we’re working, we’re moving, we’re driving, we’re listening to things on our headphones, we’re watching things, we’re filling up the little spaces by checking our phones. This isn’t wrong — it’s a very human tendency to want to be busy, productive, filling every space with something useful or entertaining. But what if we could let ourselves become quiet? What happens is something magical: we start to discover a n ..read more
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