Habit has been called the invisible architecture of our lives. Often, though, the design’s more busy than minimalist.
It’s against (and possibly with) this chaos that Leo Babauta founded Zen Habits, his full-time blog “about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives.”
Here are two tips on how to fight stress today:
The beginning of the day is ripe for action. What the most successful people do before breakfast is a topic of great discussion—and some productivity experts argue that you need to get through your routine as fast as possible. Babuata goes in the other direction: Instead of the stressful rush, he opts for calm ritual.
What does stress make you do? Babauta notes a familiar range of reactions, from getting angry, feeling overwhelmed, jumping into action, or wishing things were different. Rather than trying to attack that response, Babauta says that we should watch it, one of the cornerstones of mindfulness. If we learn to watch the responses we can then, slowly, learn how to organically change them (and become more effective leaders).
“Just wash your bowl. Just walk. Just talk to someone. Just read one article or book, without switching. Just write. Just do your email, one at a time, until your inbox is empty. You’ll learn that there is peace in just doing one thing, and letting go of everything else.”
Here are more tips in the post The 7 Habits of Calmness
The hopeful reserve is the awareness that things are not as bad as you think they are. When you are feeling down, imagining that things are really bad, but you know deep down that everything, just as it is, is really wonderful, then you are drawing on that hopeful reserve. Once you discover it, the hopeful reserve is incredibly powerful and absolutely limitless.
“Let your meditation practice be a sanctuary.”
– Harshada Wagner
Sometimes you just need to hit the pause button.
Perhaps you find yourself seeking a moment of peace in the midst of the motorway of life? Or you want to improve your focus?
Let me share a basic meditator’s tool with you,…
“The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.”
Meditation can be the act of focusing on something as seemingly simple as a cup of tea.
Thich Nhat Hanh has a practice of tea meditation, where you pick up…