RSS feeds

Zen Blog

Zen Blog

Essential Zen Habits of 2023

It’s the end of 2023, and I’ve just finished my 17th year of publishing Zen Habits! What a journey this has been so far. As usual, I’m going to run through some of the highlights of the year for me and my business, and then share the best Zen Habits posts of 2023. Let’s look at some of the highlights of the year: Zen Habits Podcast — the biggest accomplishment for me this year was the launch of the Zen Habits Podcast! I’ve been wanting to create one for years, and now finally have. Season 1 was called Joy + Fear, and was about resistance around...

Running & the Challenge of Pushing at Your Edge

I’m not the world’s greatest runner, but lately I’ve been challenging myself to stay at my edge. As I was running at my edge the other day, it occurred to me that this is a useful practice in many areas in life. Learning to play at your edge is a challenging practice, but pays off in so many ways. If you learn to play at your edge, you learn to stop shying away from discomfort. You grow and learn in new ways. And you develop a confidence in yourself that is hard to do when you stay in your comfort zone. Let’s explore this challenging practice. ...

Mastering the Inbox as a Spiritual Practice

Earlier today, my email inbox was overflowing like never before. I’m taking this month off (mostly), so I haven’t been checking and responding to email as I normally do. This led to a super full inbox! When our inboxes are overflowing, we tend to feel some anxiety, and respond in one of a couple ways: We get overwhelmed and ignore it, allowing it to get even more overflowing, and getting more and more behind on replying to people.We reply as fast as we can, often a bit frantically, feeling pulled in a zillion directions, and our day becomes swa...

Creating a Slower Holiday Season

We’re in the midst of the holiday season, and with that can come a lot of abundance: Busier schedules, holiday parties, travelMore eating, more drinking, more excessMore shopping, more spending, more financial stress It’s a beautiful season, but it can be a lot! In this article, I’m going to share some thoughts on creating a slower holiday season. Imagine a season of reflection and slowing down. A season of connecting with others but also finding solitude. A season of festivities but also quiet. A season where you increase your resilience inste...

Transforming the Constant Feeling of Being Behind

You start the day with the feeling: there’s a bunch of things I need to do right away. Then the rest of the day, you’re driven by the feeling that there’s so much to do, and you’re behind on it all. You finish the day with the same feeling, and it carries over until tomorrow. The constant feeling of being behind — it’s something so many people can relate to. So what can we do about it? What we usually do is either be driven, driven, driven by this fear … or we conclude that we need to abandon everything and start with a fresh slate. With this f...

How I Get Things Done

People have often told me that they’re surprised by how much I get done during the week, from team members to clients. I’m not saying that to brag, but to relate that I forget how much work I’ve done to be able to make a bigger impact in the world. So in this article, I’d like to share some of my secrets. In truth, they’re not really secrets, but things you’ve likely heard before. That said, I’m hoping that something here might be the inspiration you need to put a key idea into action. I’m not a member of the productivity cult — getting stuff d...

How Simplicity Reveals Life

This morning I was eating a really simple meal, with minimal seasoning, and I savored its deliciousness. Often I go the opposite way: I eat too much, too quickly, with an overwhelming number of flavors. And I barely taste any of it. This is how I sometimes experience life: I do so much, so quickly, and have an overwhelming amount of stuff going on. So much so that it’s hard to really experience any of it fully. When I simplify, it’s not necessarily about getting rid of stuff — it’s about letting fewer things really be experienced: When I have f...

Transcendent: Take on Work & Life from Another Level

The way most of us take on our work, or anything else in our lives, is that we do it because we’re supposed to, we have to, we’re obligated to, we’re expected to, we should. What this creates is a life of obligation and burden, of churning out things just for the sake of churning them out. A life of pointlessness and exhaustion. What if life could be transcendent? Alive? Expansive? Lit up? While there’s nothing wrong with always having our nose to the grindstone, and having every day feel the same as the last … what would it be like to open to ...

A Powerful Uncertainty Challenge

A year ago, my team & I started a grand experiment in our Fearless Living Academy, designed to create the best training possible for learning to face and deal with uncertainty in our lives, especially around habits and purpose work. We call it the Uncertainty Challenge. It’s a 4-week challenge that we’ve run 12 times so far, with astounding results. Seriously, I didn’t know what to expect, but people have been doing things in these challenges that’s just blowing me away. Results like: Finally stopped procrastinatingMade more progress on a p...

How to Create, When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Our days can be overwhelming, and because of this, many people put off their creative work — it just doesn’t feel possible. If you’re in this camp, one or more of these will sound familiar to you: I’m too busy right now, I can always do (insert creative work here) laterThings have to be just right before I can do (creative work)When things are settled, that’s when I’ll startI need to clear out my desk, my office, my life before I can start Of course, the time never comes when you’re feeling settled, when you’re not busy or stressed or overwhelm...

Learning to Surf the Uncertainty of Life

When things are changing rapidly, and an overwhelming number of things are coming at you … it can be tough to navigate. Anyone who is up to anything big will have a lot going on. Lots of emails and messages, lots of tasks, lots of meetings and calls, lots of things changing every day. Lots of uncertainty. How do we navigate the uncertainty of all of this? The visual metaphor that works for me is surfing. I’m going to talk about how to surf uncertainty, and how to learn to surf uncertainty. What we really want is a simple, straightforward path. ...

Letting Go of Heaviness

A lot of the people I work with feel a lot of heaviness in what they’re taking on — whether it’s work, their finances, relationships, health, etc. We often don’t even realize we have heaviness about something — but other people can feel it if we talk to them about it. Things feel really hard, overwhelming, discouraging, frustrating, pointless. If you’re feeling heaviness about something … that’s OK! You’re human, and you are allowed to have heavy emotions. Giving ourselves full permission to feel whatever we feel is a powerful way to be. That s...

How to Stick to Long-Term Changes

If you’re trying to lose weight or gain muscle, you can work really hard at it for a week … and see no change. The same goes for learning music or a language, or creating meaningful change in the world. It’s hard to stick to long-term changes when you don’t get very immediate results. Seeing progress quickly can be very encouraging — so how do we find encouragement when we don’t see that quick progress? Over the years, I have been able to stick to some big long-term changes: losing weight, working out to gain strength, training for marathons, c...

Zen Habits Podcast Launch!

It’s finally here — launch day for the Zen Habits Podcast! Today is a day of celebration … of not only this launch, but of the journey I’ve been on with all of you Zen Habits readers. Of the work that I’ve put into this, but also of the support I’ve gotten from my team. Of all of the countless hours I’ve been working with people in my Fearless Living Academy, in my Fearless Mastery mastermind, with my one-on-one coaching clients, and listening to all of you readers. The Zen Habits Podcast can be found here. Let’s celebrate! This podcast has bee...

Weekend Intensive: The Art of Letting Go

We’re excited to invite you to the first Zen Habits Weekend Intensive! Dates: Oct. 19-21, 2023 Location: Art of Living Center in North Carolina Theme: The Art of Letting Go (or, the Love Story of the Unknown) In this weekend intensive, we ask you to take 2 days away from your life, and to be fully on retreat. Step away from your usual routine, and let yourself practice something different. Take some spaciousness for reflection, and for deciding to try something different in your life. And then do some deeper work with Leo Babauta, creator of Ze...

5 Ways to Reduce Your Stress Levels

Stress is a part of life, and eliminating it is a fool’s errand. If you ever succeeded in eliminating all of stress, your life would be boring and you’d have removed yourself from anything meaningful. That said … too much stress can be toxic. It can negatively affect our sleep, our health, our relationships, our happiness. If your stress levels are high on a regular basis, it’s like having a smoking habit — it will take its toll over time. So how do we reduce stress levels to something manageable? I’m going to share some of the most important w...

We’re Mostly Trying to Escape This Moment

Much of our days, we’re trying to escape. In fact, you might call this the primary occupation of the human animal. What are we trying to escape? What’s happening in this moment, right now. Most people will outright reject that idea, but I know this to be true of myself, and it’s been true for so many people I’ve worked with and known. Consider how most of us spend our days: Doing busywork, messages, emails, small tasks.Putting off larger tasks, avoiding the scary stuff.Scrolling social media, news, favorite distraction websites.Watching videos ...

The Joy of Small Comforts

Some days, I’m in need of some comfort. I’m tired, emotionally drained, or just feeling besieged by the world. On these days, I try to recognize my physical, mental and emotional state, and I ask myself what I need. Just noticing is a big step for most of us. We often don’t recognized when we’re feeling drained or a bit battered by life. We just focus on what we think we need to be doing, and just push through. This might feel necessary, but it’s rarely helpful, because we’re just forcing ourselves to act when we’re depleted or feeling confront...

Changing Habits: How to Let Go of Sacred Cows

To change a habit — whether you’re starting a new habit or quitting an old one — you have to let go of something really important to you. This is why most people struggle with habit change — it’s not easy to let go of your sacred cows. Let’s take a few examples: To start exercising and moving more, you have to let go of some of the comfort of sitting and watching/reading things on your devices.To start waking up earlier, you have to let go of the thing you like to do that keeps you up late at night (maybe watching TV).To give up alcohol, you ha...

How to Be More Embodied

Most of us live in about 8% of our body most of the time — the head. Even though we have a lot of body beneath the head, we forget about that most of the day. We’re on our screens, doing work, consuming content, messaging. We’re distracted, worried, ruminating. We’re overthinking, building up a case against someone, or watching video after video. There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s a very human thing. But what would it be like to live more fully in our bodies? We might call this, “Embodied Living.” To live embodied means to: Notice when we’re...

About TAO of Light

Yoga is a practice for everyone because it meets you exactly where you are in the present moment. From beginner students to advanced yogis and everything in between, Tao of Light Yoga welcomes everybody at all levels of their journey. There is a place for everyone inside our studio and it is our goal to make each and every student feel at home. It is your time on your mat that is important to us. We, at Tao of Light, will create a space that provides modern comfort for an ancient practice. As both a yoga studio and a sangha, we honor the tradition of the practice while respecting the diversity and individual beliefs of our students.

Call Us

Phone: 1 800 123 4567

Mobile: 1 888 123 4567

Fax: 1 888 123 4567

Email Us

admin@taooflight.com

Drop us an email and we'll respond (usually) within 24 hours.