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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.

    Ritual & Sacredness

    Ritual & Sacredness

    In our daily lives, we often find ourselves stuck in a cycle of routines and habits, going through the motions without much thought or intention. This can lead to feelings of emptiness and disconnection. But what if there was a way to bring more meaning and presence to our everyday tasks?
    In this episode, we explore the power of rituals and how they can transform ordinary activities into moments of sacredness and devotion. By understanding the difference between a habit and a ritual, we can begin to infuse our daily actions with a sense of wonder and purpose. Whether it’s through meditation, creative work, or simple self-care practices, creating rituals allows us to fully engage with and appreciate the present moment.
    Join me as we discover how to create and maintain rituals that bring more joy and mindfulness to our everyday experiences, fostering a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us.
    Topics CoveredThe distinction between habits, routines, and rituals.The role of intention and sacredness in rituals.Practical steps for creating personal rituals.Examples of rituals in creative work, meditation, and self-care.The impact of rituals on mindfulness and presence.Using objects and symbols to enhance rituals.Transforming mundane tasks into sacred moments.The lifelong practice and evolution of rituals.
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Zen Habits ResourcesZen Habits
    The Fearless Living Academy
    Fearless Mastery
    Coaching with Leo
    Connect with LeoYouTube channel
    X (Twitter)
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    Email: podcast@zenhabits.net
    CreditsMusic: Salem Belladonna & Robrecht Dumarey
    Editor: Justin Cruz
    Post-production: Diana C. Guzmán Caro & Amanda Goddard

    • 15 min
    Maria Gehrke on Mindfulness Through Art and Parenting

    Maria Gehrke on Mindfulness Through Art and Parenting

    In an age of endless distractions and obligations, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of self-care and mindfulness, especially for parents juggling the demands of raising children while pursuing their passions. But what if we could find a way to integrate mindfulness into our creative pursuits and parenting journey, leading to greater well-being and deeper connections?
    This week, I'm delighted to welcome Maria Gehrke, a watercolor artist and IT professional who beautifully embodies the intersection of art, mindfulness, and parenting. Maria shares her inspiring journey of rediscovering her creativity after becoming a mother and how she has woven mindfulness practices into both her art and her parenting.
    In this episode, we delve into Maria’s integration of mindfulness into her creative process, discussing how personalized art can serve as a therapeutic tool for both the creator and the client. We also explore how mindfulness has transformed her parenting journey, fostering deeper connections and greater presence in everyday moments.
    Join us as we uncover the transformative power of mindfulness in art and parenting, and discover how it can lead to greater emotional resilience, creativity, and joy in all aspects of our lives.
    Topics CoveredHow mindfulness influences Maria's watercolor artThe significance of nature in Maria's creative inspirationPersonal and client experiences with "Your Portal to Your Refuge"Mindfulness practices that enhance creative expressionMaria's transition to mindful parenting and its impact on her lifeStrategies for nurturing emotional regulation in childrenInsights from co-founding "The Becoming Mindful Podcast"The role of collaborative art in fostering mindfulness and growthCreating tranquil spaces through visualization and personalized paintingsThe intersection of creativity, mindfulness, and personal development
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Maria's Bio & ResourcesMaria Gehrke, a multifaceted watercolor artist and IT professional, bridges the gap between technology and art with a focus on nature and mindfulness. Since moving from Germany to Wisconsin in 2007, she has found inspiration in nature and her personal mindfulness journey, leading to the creation of her unique art series like "Windows to Nature" and "Mini Portals To Tranquility." These culminated in her 2023 project, "Your Portal To Your Refuge," a collaborative art experience designed to manifest tranquil spaces for her clients. Find out more about this mindful art experience here: Your Portal To Your Refuge
    Alongside her artistic endeavors, Maria co-founded the Becoming Mindful Podcast in 2021, aiming to explore and share her mindfulness journey with a broader audience and encourage others on this path. Tune in here: Becoming Mindful Podcast
    Balancing a busy life with a small child, a husband, and two dogs, her work embodies her commitment to mindfulness, creativity, and compassion.
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    The Fearless Living Academy
    Fearless Mastery
    Coaching with Leo
    Connect with Leoa...

    • 57 min
    Fear of Failure

    Fear of Failure

    Fear of failure can be a significant barrier to achieving our creative goals, often causing us to doubt our abilities and hesitate to share our work with the world. This fear can keep us stuck in a cycle of inaction and self-criticism, preventing us from realizing our true potential.
    In this episode, we examine the deep-seated fear of failure and its impact on our creativity. We explore the underlying causes of this fear, such as self-doubt and fear of criticism, and discuss practical strategies for overcoming it. By building self-trust and learning to reinterpret criticism, we can transform our relationship with failure and use it as a catalyst for growth and improvement.
    Join me as we dive into practical strategies for building self-trust, embracing failure as part of the creative process, and developing a resilient mindset that fosters continuous learning and creative expression.
    Topics CoveredUnderstanding the fear of failure and its impact on creativityThe relationship between fear of failure and self-doubtHow fear of criticism affects creative expressionStrategies for building self-trust and resilienceFinding constructive feedback in criticismThe importance of embracing failure as part of the learning processPractical steps to develop a supportive mindset for creativityThe role of curiosity and playfulness in overcoming fearTechniques for staying present and focused during the creative process
    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 Belladonna & Robrecht Dumarey
    Editor: Justin Cruz
    Post-production: Diana C. Guzmán Caro & Amanda Goddard

    • 22 min
    James Clear on Developing an Effective Creative Practice

    James Clear on Developing an Effective Creative Practice

    Creativity thrives not just on inspiration but on the steady accumulation of small, deliberate actions. Yet, many creatives find themselves challenged by the need to maintain a consistent practice. The key to overcoming this challenge lies in building a foundation of sustainable habits and practices that support incremental progress and ongoing creativity.
    This week, I’m thrilled and honored to welcome special guest James Clear, a celebrated author, blogger, and thought leader. His book, Atomic Habits, has transformed the lives of millions with its practical approach to habit formation and improvement. James brings a wealth of knowledge on how small changes can lead to remarkable results, making his expertise invaluable for those seeking to build a resilient and effective creative practice.
    In this episode, we dive into James’ journey, from his early days as a blogger to the phenomenal success of his book. We discuss the challenges he faced, the strategies he employed to maintain consistency in his creative work, and how he manages the balance between professional demands and personal life. We also dive into the impact of Atomic Habits, the evolution of his creative practice, and his disciplined approach to writing and creativity.
    Tune in as we explore the important role of consistency in creative projects, the power of honing one’s craft for long-term success, and the profound impact of aligning your work with your values and goals.
    Topics CoveredJames' journey from blogger to bestselling authorThe foundational principles of Atomic HabitsStrategies for maintaining consistency in creative workThe role of small, deliberate actions in achieving long-term successBalancing professional demands with personal lifeThe impact of habit formation on creative practiceThe evolution of James' writing and creative processesOvercoming challenges in habit-building and creativityThe importance of aligning creative work with personal valuesPractical tips for developing a sustainable creative practice
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    James' Bio & ResourcesJames Clear is a writer and keynote speaker focused on habits, decision making, and continuous improvement. His book, Atomic Habits, has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, has been translated into more than 60 languages and was the #1 best-selling book of 2021 and 2023 on Amazon and #1 audiobook on Audible.
    James is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work has been featured in publications such as Time magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and on CBS This Morning and Today Show Australia. He is a MasterClass instructor, alongside the world’s top experts such as Serena Williams, Neil Gaiman and Gordon Ramsay. His popular “3-2-1” email newsletter is sent out each week to more than 3 million subscribers.
    James doesn’t merely report the research of others. He tries out the concepts for himself as he experiments with building better habits as an entrepreneur, writer, and weightlifter. In the end, his talks end up being one-part storytelling, one-part academic research, and one-part personal experiment, forming a colorful blend of inspirational stories, academic science, and hard-earned wisdom.
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    • 52 min
    Fearless Ritual & the Creator's Process

    Fearless Ritual & the Creator's Process

    Many of us find ourselves trapped in a cycle of avoidance and procrastination when facing projects that matter deeply to us. This resistance often stems from a mix of fear, uncertainty, and a lack of effective strategies to navigate these challenges. But what if we could harness the power of rituals and structure in our daily routines to overcome these common pitfalls?
    In this episode, I introduce the Fearless Ritual, a powerful daily practice designed to help us face the uncertainty and fear that often derail our creative projects. We dive into how this ritual, together with the Four-Step Creator Process, forms a robust framework to foster a fearless approach to challenges, enhancing focus and productivity. We discuss how, by committing to this practice, we can make substantial progress in our work and develop a deeper understanding and mastery over our creative processes. We also cover practical steps to incorporate this framework into your daily life, ensuring each day is a step forward in your creative journey.
    Join me as we explore how the Fearless Ritual can transform not just how you work, but also how you view your capabilities and creative potential in the face of adversity.
    Topics CoveredIntroduction to the Fearless RitualBenefits of daily rituals in tackling resistanceThe Four-Step Creator’s ProcessFacing and managing resistance in creative projectsBuilding confidence and trust through ritualistic practiceThe importance of routine in overcoming creative barriersStrategies for maintaining consistency in ritualsThe role of community and feedback in creative processesEnhancing focus and productivity through structured rituals
    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 Belladonna & Robrecht Dumarey
    Editor: Justin Cruz
    Post-production: Diana C. Guzmán Caro & Amanda Goddard

    • 20 min
    Abi Mandelbaum on Values-Driven Entrepreneurship

    Abi Mandelbaum on Values-Driven Entrepreneurship

    In the world of entrepreneurship, it's all too common to see an overemphasis on quick success and profit maximization, often at the expense of the deeper, more sustainable aspects of business creation and personal fulfillment. This narrow focus can leave entrepreneurs feeling unfulfilled and isolated despite their outward success.
    This week, I’m delighted to welcome Abi Mandelbaum, an entrepreneur who stands out for his commitment to integrating creativity and deep personal values into his business ventures. Abi's approach not only fosters innovation but also nurtures the human spirit, creating a more holistic model for success.
    In this episode, we delve into Abi’s journey, exploring how he seamlessly blends the art of creation with the science of business. We discuss the challenges of maintaining authenticity in a profit-driven world, the benefits of fostering a collaborative culture in business, the role of creativity in solving complex problems, and how these elements contribute to both personal well-being and business success.
    Join us as we uncover the essence of creating with purpose, revealing how a dedication to authenticity and creativity can redefine success and lead to more meaningful achievements both in business and in life.
    Topics CoveredAbi's entrepreneurial and personal journeyIntegration of personal values in businessDefining success beyond financial gainsThe role of authenticity in entrepreneurial leadershipChallenges of maintaining integrity in competitive marketsInfluence of purpose on business strategy and decisionsBuilding a values-driven company cultureImpact of entrepreneurial practices on personal well-beingStrategies for balancing profit and principles
    TranscriptYou can find the transcript on the episode's web page by clicking here.
    Guest's Bio & ResourcesAbi Mandelbaum stands as a pioneering force in the realms of technology, education, and mental health, revered for his groundbreaking initiatives and forward-thinking approach. From the inception of YouVisit, he propelled the company to the forefront of interactive technology, fostering engagement with esteemed entities like Microsoft, HP, and top-tier academic institutions. Under his guidance, YouVisit flourished, culminating in its acquisition by Vista Equity Partners, a testament to Abi's knack for innovation and strategic leadership. Beyond YouVisit, his entrepreneurial endeavors are rooted in a profound mission—to cultivate environments fostering collective healing and human transformation, a purpose that resonates throughout his ventures.
    Moreover, Abi's impact extends beyond boardrooms and businesses, as he actively advocates for mental health awareness and serves as a beacon of support within his community. His involvement with Endeavor underscores his commitment to high-impact entrepreneurship on a global scale. Yet, amidst his professional pursuits, Abi maintains a harmonious balance, embracing personal interests such as tennis, exploration, and nature alongside his cherished family. Through his blog and public engagements, Abi invites others to join him in a journey where professional success intertwines with personal fulfillment, demonstrating the profound intersection of business and purpose.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Michigan Shannon ,

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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Leo and Zen Habits

I discovered Leo Babuta and Zen Habits well over a decade ago. I have read some of his books and enjoy his blog. When he starts a new procrastination, which is almost like a one on one coaching session with him each week, I had to check it out.

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.

It is a podcast that you are invited to not just listen to, but to get involved and put “some skin in the game.”

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