How to Want Very Little : zen habits

There’s a part of today’s consumerist world that drives us to want more, buy more, act on our impulses, hoard, spend to solve our problems, create comfort through shopping, seek thrills through travel, do more, be more. What would happen if we broke from our addiction to wanting and buying more? What would life be […]

A Healthy Way to Aspire to a Better Life : zen habits

Here’s the method in summary: Notice your dissatisfaction. Notice your ideals that you’re holding tightly to. Loosen your hold on these ideals, and turn to the present moment. Really see the present moment with curiosity, find something to appreciate. Accept the present moment completely, with love. From this place of peace, respond, take action. It […]

A Simple, Powerful Self-Compassion Method : zen habits

Try this now if you’re feeling stressed, frustrated, in pain, disappointed, angry, anxious, worried, or depressed: 1.  Notice. Take a moment to turn inward and notice your pain in this moment. Now notice where it is in your body, and how it feels. Describe the pain to yourself in physical terms, in terms of quality, […]

The Futility of Always Pushing Myself to Be More : zen habits

I can watch & let go. I’ve been learning recently that I can see these urges to be something more, to achieve something cool … just watch them arise. I can’t control the urges, but I can be mindful of them. And I can also realize that they won’t create meaning for me, that they’re […]