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 →

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 →

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 →

True North (Aurora Sky, Vampire Hunter #6) by Nikki Jefford July 7th

    Purchase on Amazon Purchase on iBooks Purchase on B&N Purchase on Smashwords Available at Kobo and Google Play soon, and paperback later this month. True North will be available in audiobook this September. Add it on Goodreads Aurora has spent the past year fighting for survival, freedom, and justice. Now she’s about to face the biggest battle of Continue Reading →

Let Go of Stress: Nothing to Cling To

BY LEO BABAUTA Stress is a killer. It contributes to health problems, unhappiness, depression, relationship problems, and more. We’re always going to have some stress in our lives, but how can we manage it? By finding the cause, and working with that cause. In my mindfulness experiments, I’ve found that the root cause of stress is clinging to things. We Continue Reading →

Fitting

It’s not you, it’s them. They have money to make those clothes look good. It’s not that they are larger or smaller, but they have people who alter their clothing to help them look the way the world expects “sexy” to look. Curvy. Beautiful. It’s not you. It’s them. They are cheating. (Stolen but wanted to keep and share) This Continue Reading →