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Simplifying Is Painful

By Leo Babauta
Creating simplicity and focus is anything but easy.
It requires saying no, and in doing so you make others feel rejected. It requires giving up things you love, so you can truly say yes to the most essential.
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Stateless Mindset

By Leo Babauta
In programming, there is the concept of statelessness. It means that each request is treated anew, without memory of previous requests.
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Just this task. Just this person. Just this action. Just this moment.

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How Creativity Works, & How to Do It

By Leo Babauta
I’m continually trying to create new things, from new blog posts, to books and courses and novels, to new ventures.
And as I create these things, I’ve been watching my creation process, hoping to learn about how it works.
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Self-Discipline in 5 Sentences

By Leo Babauta
Have a powerful reason — when things get difficult, “because it sounds nice” or “to look good” aren’t going to cut it.
Start tiny, with a simple but unbreakable promise to yourself to do one small thing every single day.
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12 Indispensable Mindful Living Tools

By Leo Babauta
The focus of my life in recent months has been living mindfully, and while I don’t always remember to do that, I have learned a few things worth sharing.
The first is a mindful life is worth the effort.
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Everything Is A Gift

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Everything Is A Gift
What if, all you had to do was ask? For what you need. For what you want. For what you desire.
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My Pursuit of the Art of Living

By Leo Babauta
For many years I simply lived, and got by.
But in the last few years, after learning a bit about habits and mindfulness and simplicity and love, I have changed my approach to living.
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Overcoming the Social Costs of Being Different

‘From now on, I’ll connect the dots my own way.’ ~Bill Watterson
By Leo Babauta
Goodness knows I’ve put in my share of being different than most people.
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"The above notwithstanding, there are people who will embrace your differences, even think you’re awesome because of them. They might also be vegan (for example), or they might just be very individualistic people who think your radical-ness is cool. You share stories about your lives, find them fascinating, want to hang out. And in this exploration, you meet some fascinating open-minded people you can connect with."

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Courageous Self-Kindness

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Post by Kristin Noelle for the Kind Kindred series.
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Courageous Self-Kindness
I never set out to lose my religion.
If you’d have asked me into my 20s whether it could ever happen to me I’d have smiled.
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Declutter Your Life

By Leo Babauta
There was a time, about 8 years ago, when my life was cluttered. I had too much stuff, and it kept coming in all the time. I had too much to do, and didn’t know how to simplify my schedule.
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Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life

By Leo Babauta Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more. Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort.
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The Fire of Who You Are

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The Fire of Who You Are
You are a fiery creature of desire. Born of wanting...wanting to experience the human form. Wanting to live this life.
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New Series: Made Not Paid

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It is my mission to make as many things as I can, instead of purchasing them pre-packaged from the store.
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Telling Our Stories

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Post by Jessica Amos for the Love for Love series.
For most of my life I have felt like the odd girl out – alone, weird, and different. Belonging has felt contrived and elusive.
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Things Every Man Should Own

By Leo Babauta
Many sites have created lists of things “every man should own”, coincidentally around the holiday shopping season.
A reader suggested I create a Zen Habits version of this list.
This list is definitive.
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For the Love of Fear

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For the Love of Fear
I have to come to love the fear. My fear. The fear that grips back of my neck and tries to hold me in place.
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Why I Read (+ a Dozen Book Recommendations)

By Leo Babauta
In the quiet morning hours, or as I fade off to sleep at night, I cuddle up with a good novel.
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Recalling Rumi - Patheos

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American Zen Teachers Association · Boundless Way Zen · First Unitarian Church of Providence ... Soto Zen Buddhist Association · Unitarian Universalist Association · Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship.
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A Question for Us All

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Post by Marsha Philitas for the Love for Love series.
A Question for Us All
I found the “self-love movement,” as I call it, when I was working and living as a volunteer at one of the largest yoga centers in the US.
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"once you start to examine issues of diversity and examine the ways in which you’ve internalized some of our culture’s messages on those issues, that work will spill onto your business as well. We all have something we need to work on."

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Religion v. religions - The Christian Century (blog)

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Religion v. religions
The Christian Century (blog)
When one is acting religiously, one is inevitably doing religion in a specific, culturally determined manner, as a Lutheran or Zen Buddhist or Reform Jew.
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The Healthful Vegan Diet

‘Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.’ ~Hippocrates
By Leo Babauta
Eat plants. Those two words are the best things I’ve learned about diet, and if you stick to that, you’re likely be pretty healthy.
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Five Things Not To Lie About

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I was recording another video about honesty and then I came across Ashley’s truly wonderful post today on something she read in Real Simple, about the Five Things Not To Lie About.
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Accepting Myself & 15 Facts

I have read about ‘selfies’ over these here interwebs and much of it is bashing. I don’t blame them.
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5/5/13 Who Is Welcome Here - Horizon UU

Sunday, May 5, 2013: "Who is Welcome Here?" - Lyssa Jenkens, Intern Minister Solidarity with immigrants is part of the Unitarian Universalist DNA. We passed ...
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