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Hosted by Leo Babauta, the Zen Habits Podcast explores the power of ritual in support of your greatest purpose, taking on meaningful work, and creating more impact through daily action.

Zen Habits Podcast Leo Babauta

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Hosted by Leo Babauta, the Zen Habits Podcast explores the power of ritual in support of your greatest purpose, taking on meaningful work, and creating more impact through daily action.

    Linda McIntyre on Music, Healing, and Community

    Linda McIntyre on Music, Healing, and Community

    At the heart of every challenge lies the potential for innovation, unity, and profound personal growth. Music, with its boundless capacity to express, heal, and unite, offers a unique vantage point on life's challenges.
    This week I have the privilege to be joined by Linda McIntyre, a composer, conductor, and pioneer at the forefront of using music as a transformative force to bring light to the shadows of Parkinson's disease. Her work with the New Voice Choir not only showcases the transformative power of music but also the strength found in community and shared experiences.
    In this episode, we uncover the layers of Linda's mission, diving into the relationship between music and wellness, the communal strength born from shared vulnerability, and the transformative journey of turning adversity into art. We explore the nuances of creating a safe, nurturing space where music serves as both a bridge and a destination, inviting us to consider the broader implications of artistic expression as a form of therapy and celebration.
    Join us as we tune into the melodies of resilience, exploring how creativity, when fueled by love and resilience, can transcend personal challenges, and inspire collective healing and joy.
    Topics CoveredThe interplay of music and healing in Parkinson's managementBuilding community and support through choir participationHarnessing personal challenges as fuel for creative expressionThe transformative journey from individual struggle to collective strengthThe role of creativity in enhancing physical and mental well-beingAdapting artistic practices for inclusivity and accessibilityThe importance and value of routine in sustaining creative projectsNavigating the challenges of leadership and inspiration in therapeutic settingsMusic as a bridge between personal experience and communal healingThe impact of collaborative art on overcoming societal stigmas
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Linda's Bio & ResourcesLinda is an award-winning composer, arranger, teacher, director, & performer – just an all-round muso, really! More recently, her PhD candidature has been added to the mix with the aim of producing a portfolio of new music based on a narrative of lived trauma.
    As a composer with Parkinson’s, Linda is in a unique position to record a case study within her PhD, evaluating the impacts of Parkinson’s disease on her deepest levels of mathematical creativity across a period of years. Some surprising reverse developments have already come to light within this process!
    She is the co-founder & musical director of New Voice Choir (NVC), a group that celebrates people with Parkinson’s and their supporters.
    The combining of music composition with Parkinson’s, teaching, and the uplifting NVC community has become an abiding passion for Linda.
    NVC’s website: www.newvoicechoir.org.auVideo: Fighting Parkinson’s the Musical Way
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    Fearless Mastery
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Deepening in Commitment

    Deepening in Commitment

    Questioning our commitment to a project each time we face resistance or doubt undermines the foundation of our creative practice. However, attempting to create without acknowledging and incorporating our fears into the process can result in a lack of authenticity and depth in our work. By understanding and embracing our fears, we uncover ways to forge a deeper, more resilient commitment to our projects.
    In this episode, we discuss the critical role of commitment in creative work and examine the fears and doubts that challenge it. We unpack how these forces, seemingly at odds, can actually fuel our journey towards meaningful work. We explore the shadows of doubt that loom over our creative projects and unveil the strategies that help us embrace these fears, turning them into catalysts for deeper dedication and authenticity in our work.
    Join me as we discover how acknowledging and working with our fears can lead to a more profound and fulfilling commitment to our creative projects.
    Topics CoveredThe interplay of commitment and fear in creativityIdentifying and overcoming creative fearsPractical steps to cultivate commitmentThe role of scheduling and accountabilityEmpowering creativity by acknowledging and addressing fearsEmbracing and managing disappointment in the creative processExpressing fears through creative work and finding meaning
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Connect with LeoZen Habits
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    Email: podcast@zenhabits.net
    ResourcesThe Fearless Living Academy
    Fearless Mastery
    CreditsMusic: Salem Beladonna & Robrecht Dumarey
    Editor: Justin Cruz
    Post-production: Diana C. Guzmán Caro & Amanda Goddard

    • 21 min
    Salem Belladonna on The Alchemy of Self

    Salem Belladonna on The Alchemy of Self

    Embracing the full spectrum of our experiences, including the shadows, is essential for true personal transformation and growth. Viewing challenges not as barriers but as opportunities for growth—through the lens of alchemy, where difficulties are transformed into raw materials for personal evolution—can fundamentally shift our approach to life's obstacles.
    In this episode, I'm thrilled to be joined by Salem, a visionary artist and co-creator of the Zen Habits podcast theme song, who masterfully weaves the transformative power of alchemy into her music and life. Together, we explore the depths of artistic expression, the challenges of mental health, and the beauty of transforming 'lead into gold'. Salem offers us a glimpse into her creative process, sharing how negative experiences can be channeled into sources of strength and inspiration, illustrating this through her approach to music, performance, and teaching.
    This episode explores how personal growth intertwines with art, offering a profound look at the healing and transformative potential of fully embracing and expressing our authentic selves.
    Topics CoveredThe concept of alchemy in art and personal transformationOvercoming anxiety, self-doubt, and societal pressuresThe importance of self-care and discipline in creativityUsing negative experiences as sources of strength and inspirationThe interplay between personal growth and artistic expressionThe role of ritual and routine in creative and mental healthThe transformative power of embracing one's full selfOvercoming external pressures and staying true to one's artistic visionExploring the boundaries between personal experiences and artistic expression
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Salem's Bio & ResourcesSalem Belladonna is a sound alchemist (composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, teacher). Art creates a powerful impact on our experience, and Salem hopes that her creations will encourage listeners to explore and heal their own relationships with darkness. Salem Sanctuary is her lesson studio, where she offers studies in music, yoga, and alchemical philosophy.
    Salem's websiteSalem's Sanctuary: Music, Alchemy, Yoga
    Zen Habits ResourcesThe Fearless Living Academy
    Fearless Mastery
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    Email: podcast@zenhabits.net
    CreditsMusic: Salem Belladonna & a...

    • 57 min
    Stepping into the Unknown of the Moment

    Stepping into the Unknown of the Moment

    Many of us resist stepping into the unknown, clinging to comfort zones that stifle creativity and self-discovery. We shy away from new challenges due to a deep-seated fear of failure or embarrassment, missing out on invaluable learning opportunities, and limiting our capacity for innovation.
    In this episode, we shine a light on the power of embracing the unknown to discover our true creative potential. We discuss the challenges of starting and continuing creative projects, examining the fears and uncertainties that often arise. We introduce strategies for overcoming these challenges, emphasizing the importance of being present, practicing with intention, and navigating fear through mindfulness and breath work.
    Join me as we dive into the opportunities that lie in the moments of uncertainty, and as we explore the beauty of learning to trust our ability to stay present in the unknown.
    Topics CoveredUnderstanding resistance in creative projectsThe role of uncertainty in creativityExploring your edges and blind spotsThe power of embracing messinessLearning from the archetype of The FoolDeveloping trust in the unknownStaying present in the moment of creationLeading with breath in the face of fearEmbracing the unknown in the present moment
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Connect with LeoZen Habits
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    Email: podcast@zenhabits.net
    ResourcesThe Fearless Living Academy
    Fearless Mastery
    CreditsMusic: Salem Belladonna & Robrecht Dumarey
    Editor: Justin Cruz
    Post-production: Diana C. Guzmán Caro & Amanda Goddard

    • 26 min
    Unblocking Creative Energy

    Unblocking Creative Energy

    What lies at the heart of unlocking our creative energy? What steps can we take to transform our creative blocks into productive energy?
    Creative blocks are not solely the result of a lack of ideas but are deeply intertwined with our emotional state and our surroundings. Embracing and expressing the chaotic energies of our environment can be a powerful method to unblock and harness our creative potential.
    In this episode, we discuss the dynamic nature of creativity, challenging the traditional views that confine it to being either a mystical muse or a mere skill, and instead, presenting it as a flow of energy that requires understanding and nurturing.
    Join me as we explore practical strategies for overcoming the blocks that hinder our creative flow, from embracing the chaos around us to confronting our deepest fears.
    Topics CoveredThe nature of creative energy and its sourcesThe impact of our environment, personal crises, and fear on creativityMorning pages and their role in overcoming creative blocksCreativity as a flow of energy through usThe relationship between internal state and creative outputStrategies for harnessing emotional and environmental energies for creativityEmbracing creative blocks as opportunities for growthUnderstanding creativity as a form of self-expression and connection
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Connect with LeoZen Habits
    Youtube channel
    X (Twitter)
    Instagram
    Zen Habits Facebook Group
    Tiktok channel
    Email: podcast@zenhabits.net
    ResourcesThe Fearless Living Academy
    Fearless Mastery
    CreditsMusic: Salem Beladonna & Robrecht Dumarey
    Editor: Justin Cruz
    Post-production: Diana C. Guzmán Caro & Amanda Goddard

    • 31 min
    The Act of Creation

    The Act of Creation

    Many of us approach creativity with preconceived notions, assuming that the act of creating is a straightforward process of bringing an existing idea into reality. Yet, true creativity often emerges from venturing into the unknown, challenging our expectations of what it means to create.
    In this episode, we dive into creativity as an act of discovery, where the unknown plays a central role in shaping our creations. We examine the interplay between intention and spontaneity, the importance of playfulness, the role of ego, and the transformative power of embracing outcomes, regardless of their success.
    Join me as we explore an often overlooked aspect of creativity – that it is as much about discovering ourselves as it is about creating something new.
    Topics CoveredThe essence and process of creativityChallenging traditional views on creativityCreativity as a discovery and unfolding processThe significance of willingness to engage with the unknownEmbracing playfulness in the creative journeyOvercoming fear and setting aside ego in creativityThe metaphorical journey of creating a "flying whale"Creativity for self-discovery and expressionEmbracing outcomes of creative projects
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Connect with LeoZen Habits
    Youtube channel
    X (Twitter)
    Instagram
    Zen Habits Facebook Group
    Tiktok channel
    Email: podcast@zenhabits.net
    ResourcesThe Fearless Living Academy
    CreditsMusic: Salem Beladonna & Robrecht Dumarey
    Editor: Justin Cruz
    Post-production: Diana C. Guzmán Caro & Amanda Goddard

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

48 Ratings

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Leo is the one who inspired me most!!!

Leo sparked something within me back in 2008. I was in my early 20s at the time and he truly shaped my life. I just discovered his podcast and listened to the first episode (in Feb 2024) so I’m a bit behind but am very excited to be in this space!! - Shannon Klaft

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As with all of his work, it is succinct, purposive, practical, and easy to digest. I cannot thank him and his team enough for this new podcast and the challenge he has presented to all of his listeners/doers in Season One.

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