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The Courageous Self-Discipline Challenge

By Leo Babauta

Who among us doesn’t procrastinate? Who comes up with a wonderfully prioritized plan for the day and sticks to it, without putting off the hard stuff and running to distraction or busywork or comfort?

There may be some of you out there who are incredibly disciplined, but I’d say it’s fairly uncommon.

Most of us have trouble with distractions, with doing busywork instead of important work, with going to our comforts like TV, shopping, social media, with procrastination and putting off good habits.

If you recognize yourself in that description, I invite you to join my Courageous Self-Discipline Challenge for August.

I’ll be holding the challenge (starting Monday) in my Sea Change Program, where more than a thousand people will be doing it together, supporting each other.

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Has Mindfulness Become Too Self-Involved?

Allow us a moment to judge. As we were listening to the various speakers at a recent mindfulness conference, we were struck by how their words didn’t jive with our understanding of mindfulness. Here are a few choice phrases overheard (in ital)and our not-so-mindful reactions):

“I’m convinced mindful breathing saved my life.” 

Doesn’t regular breathing save your life every day?

“Those who live in poverty, it’s mostly not their fault…”

Seriously? We never thought it ever was their fault. 

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The Art of Living and the Art of Dying

This is the third of a series of 4 Public Talks in Bombay, India held in February of 1984.What is fear, how does it arise?What is the root of fear?What are the past, the present and the future?The past is time, isn't it?Is the root of fear, time and thought?What is the art of living so that one is not afraid of death?Is there an end to sorrow?To whom am I attached?Is order conformity or does it come through the awareness of one's disorder?Isn't division the root of disorder?While living, can one find out the significance of death?
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The Endless Cycle of Action and Reaction

This is the second of a series of 4 Public Talks in Bombay, India held in February of 1984.Can you live not recording inwardly?What is implied in asking 'how'?Is there a state where the brain isn't reacting?If thought is a material process, what are we?Is there an observer different from anger?Why do you have duality?Why do we have psychological conflict at all?When you remain with the fact,what takes place?Is time the enemy of man?Can thought touch the limitless?To live religiously needs great intelligence.
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A Different Quality of Life

This is the first of a series of 4 Public Talks in Bombay, India held in February of 1984.What is the art of listening, observing?Are you listening to what the speaker has to say or are you listening to his reputation?Are we conditioned to think we are individuals?What is the cause of this appalling violence?Is it the conflict that exists in each of us, the competition against each other?Facing all this, what is your action?What are problems and how do we meet them?Can one have a brain that is free to solve problems?We are the rest of humanity, psychologically, inwardly.Can we look at the world globally?Is knowledge the enemy of love?Do you love anybody?
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