Zen Mind in the Middle of Chaos & Stress

By SysBots What do you do when your job, or your personal life, is a constant source of busy-ness, rushing, nose-to-the-grindstone work, and stress? Or what do you do if your life is simple and relatively stress-free, but something blows up and you are in the middle of chaos and high stress all of a […]

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The Practice of Work Mind & Vacation Mind, Simultaneously

By SysBots Imagine being on vacation: you can laze around, sipping on margaritas, not worrying about what you have to do today, not worrying about the time, just being without all the anxiety. Now imagine being busy at work: you are doing one task while worrying about others, worrying that you’re not doing the right […]

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Parental Zen: How to Keep Your Cool as a Parent

By SysBots What parent hasn’t lost their temper when a kid misbehaves? A parent who hasn’t lost his or her cool is a mythical creature, probably riding on a unicorn over a rainbow right now. I could count the times I’ve lost my cool as a dad on the fingers of one hand — of […]

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Zen To Slim: A Simple, 5-Step Weight Loss Plan

Every Friday is Health Tip Day at Zen Habits. I think this one will be a bit controversial — weight loss theories seem to be a bit divisive, judging from past posts on this topics, as people have very strong opinions about the right way to lose weight. However, this post isn’t going to explore […]

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Zen Mind: How to Declutter

By SysBots One of the things that gives me most peace is have a clean, simple home. When I wake up in the morning and walk out into a living room that has been decluttered, that has a minimalist look, and there isn’t junk lying around, there is a calm and joy that enters my […]

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Decluttering as Zen Meditation

Post written by SysBots. Decluttering your home or workspace can often seem overwhelming, but in truth it can be as peaceful as meditation, and can be a way to practice living mindfully and in the moment. Decluttering can be your zazen, as it is often mine. Recently I was honored with the chance to speak […]

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3 Simple Mindset Shifts to Transform Your Work Tasks

By SysBots The two biggest obstacles to doing meaningful work are familiar to many of us: Burden & complaint : The work feels like a burden (difficult, overwhelming, annoying) … you might do the task but you rush through it or mentally complain about it, not wanting to do it. Unimportant & putting it off: […]

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A Mindful Shift of Focus

By SysBots 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, […]

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Train Your Mind Using the Puppy Method

By SysBots The mind can be trained to do almost anything. It can be trained, for example, to get used to any situation, like sitting in silence for a long time, or concentrating on a task. However, usually we’re training our minds to do what we don’t want: be distracted, give in to cravings and […]

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