How to make friends

For those of us who are friend-challenged.. Empaths and introverts do have difficulties sometimes. This guide will help! *huggles* BY LEO BABAUTA I’m writing this guide for my kids as they grow up and go out into the world — but it’s for anyone who wants to connect with others. I’m writing it for my teenage self, who was shy Continue Reading →

World Hijab Day 2017

World Hijab Day (WHD) is an annual event in its fifth year. On February 1st of every year, WHD asks global citizens of all faiths to observe Hijab (head-covering) for a day in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide. The overall mission of WHD is to create a more peaceful world where global citizens respect each other. Particularly, WHD focuses on Continue Reading →

The Mental Habit of Feeling Rushed & Overwhelmed

BY LEO BABAUTA As we dive into the holiday season, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, rushed, even irritated by family members and others around us. I’d like to encourage you to try a mindfulness practice. Here’s the practice: Notice each time you feel rushed, anxious or overwhelmed. Try to develop an awareness of it throughout the day. The sooner you Continue Reading →

Compassion in the Midst of Madness

BY LEO BABAUTA Whether you’re in the U.S. or not, the results of the election can bring up some strong feelings — maybe outrage or depression, maybe elation and shock, maybe contempt for others. In this crazy emotional time, I urge you to try a compassion practice. Perhaps, like some people I know, you are angry about the outcome, and Continue Reading →

THIS is why we grieve today

This has never been about politics. This is not about one candidate over the other. It’s not about one’s ideas over another’s. It is not blue vs. red. It’s not her emails vs. his bad language. It’s not her dishonesty vs. his indecency. It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities. It’s about religion being weaponized. It’s about crassness and vulgarity Continue Reading →

A Short Guide to Starting, if You’re Struggling

BY LEO BABAUTA I know a lot of people who fall into a slump, losing the habit of exercise, procrastinating with work, slipping into a bad diet, and generally not feeling motivated. It’s hard to get out of a slump like that. It’s hard to get going again, to get started when all the forces of inertia are against you. Continue Reading →

Is Burning Incense Bad for Your Health?

(originally posted on SafeBee, but it seems to be missing, so keeping it here cuz it’s good information) If you use incense a lot, you may want to cut back Denise Foley (@dmfoley)HealthSeptember 18, 2015 If you sniff at the idea that aromatherapy can be therapeutic, guess what? Science doesn’t agree. One study found taking a deep whiff of lavender Continue Reading →

How To Stop People From Emotionally Manipulating You

If you are reading this right now, then chances are you have been manipulated by someone at some point in your life.  There is also a good chance you are being manipulated right now.  Teachers, co-workers, relationship partners, friends, and family are usually the ones who end up manipulating us because we feel as though we can trust them.  Because Continue Reading →

A Mindful Shift of Focus

BY LEO BABAUTA Throughout the day, we get frustrated, irritated, angry. We are frustrated in traffic, when a loved one doesn’t behave the way we like, when someone tells us we’re wrong, when technology doesn’t work the way we want, when dinner is ruined, among many other daily stresses. These frustrations can build up into unhappiness, relationship problems, work problems, Continue Reading →