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How to Be Kind to Yourself & Still Get Stuff Done

By Leo Babauta

I’ve found that there are two profound changes that almost any of of us can make:

Become kinder to ourselvesBuild trust in ourselves

Unfortunately, because we don’t really trust ourselves, we’re very rarely kind to ourselves.

When I ask people to start being kind to themselves, they usually come back at some point with this dilemma:

“But if I’m too kind to myself, I won’t get anything done!”

This is the fear, when people start being kind to themselves — that they’ll be too soft, they won’t get stuff done, they’ll let themselves off the hook too easily, they’ll just lie around doing nothing.

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The Way of Less

By Leo Babauta

Our lives naturally get filled with clutter: possessions that we ordered online pour in week by week, we take on more and more, we are constantly reading and watching and responding, messages pour in daily as well.

The modern world is one of more, more and still more.

What would it be like to declutter our lives and live with less?

The Way of Less is one of:

Less clutter, fewer possessions, just the essentialsNo need to reach for the comfort of buying things or holding onto things, because you have learned to take care of your stress without thingsLess doing and busy-ness, because you’ve said no to more things, and have focused only on the things that make the most differenceLess distractedness, because you’re checking on things less, more focused and less responsiveLess on your to-read list, less on your to-watch list, less that you have planned because you’ve let go of needing to read and watch and do everything that looks interesting

By reducing down to less, you learn to become content with little. You have space in your life. You can breathe. You can give focus to what matters most to you. You can find joy in the simple things.

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The Launch of Sea Change 2.0 (and November’s Declutter Challenge)

By Leo Babauta

For the last few months, my team & I have been working on a new version of my Sea Change Program for changing habits and transforming your life… we’ve been internally calling it “Sea Change 2.0”.

Well, I’m excited to let you know that we just launched it!

It’s not only a much more beautiful website, it’s designed to be easier to find key information, it has curated, redesigned challenges, and much more. We think the program is great.

You can check it out here:

Sea Change 2.0 – Our Work of Love

We think you’ll love it.

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You Can’t Do Anything That is Shamefully Wrong

By Leo Babauta

I work with a lot of people on their difficulties, and one of the biggest ones people have is some variation of, “I am falling short of my expectations (or others’ expectations and I feel guilty, shameful, inadequate.”

In fact, I would guess that most people feel that they’re letting themselves and others down a lot of the time.

I told one of my clients, “I see a possibility for you where you feel that nothing you do is wrong, in a shameful way.”

This is the possibility that I see for all of you as well — that you can’t do anything wrong. You might make mistakes or fail, but it can’t be wrong in a shameful way.

What would that be like for you? You work hard, you fall short, and you don’t feel bad about it. You just keep trying your best. You keep failing, but see it as learning and growth. You keep deviating from your plan, but don’t feel that there’s anything wrong with you.

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The Everyday Mindfulness Practice of Direct Experience

By Leo Babauta

When I first started practicing Zen meditation years ago, I thought it was to make me more calm. Then it was to make me less reactive. Then to make me less attached to things.

These things all happen if you meditate regularly, as many of you know. But one of the most helpful things I’ve done is to drop the goal of meditation and mindfulness. And just be with my experience.

I think of this as the mindfulness practice of direct experience, and it’s something you can do every day, as many times as you can remember. It’s quite ordinary, and also quite a bit magical.

The practice of meditating on the breath is how this starts, of course: you stay with the direct experience of feeling your breath, in and out, the sensations of breathing your breath. Your mind wanders, you notice, you come back. If you like, you can label it “thinking” before you come back to the breath. But you keep coming back, even if you’re sidetracked for 5 minutes.

That is practice for direct experience of everything.

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