Zen Habits Podcast

10 Episodes

By: Leo Babauta

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.

Closing with Completion

In our fast-paced lives, it’s easy to finish one project and quickly move on to the next, often leaving behind a trail of unresolved feelings and incomplete experiences. This common approach can hinder our personal and professional growth, leading to a cycle of ongoing dissatisfaction. But what if we could transform the way we conclude our projects to feel truly accomplished and fulfilled?

In this episode, I introduce the concept of "closing with completion," a powerful practice designed to help us conclude our projects and life chapters with a sense of fulfillment and clarity. We explore th...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.


Listener Q&A

Navigating the complex landscape of creative work often means facing a myriad of internal and external challenges. Every creator grapples with profound questions about purpose, direction, and the anxiety of venturing into uncharted territories.

In this special episode, we dive into such universal concerns, providing guidance and insight for those at a crossroads in their creative lives. I answer questions submitted by our listeners, who share their struggles with sustaining creativity in the face of daunting challenges. We unpack the emotional and practical sides of these issues, addressing topics such as overcoming creative blocks, the fear of...

Beth Adele Long on Resilience in the Creative Process

At the intersection of technical precision and creative insight lies a unique pathway to understanding the world around us. By blending the analytical skills of engineering with the reflective practices of writing and mysticism, we unlock new dimensions of personal and professional growth, transforming challenges into innovative solutions.

In this episode, I'm excited to welcome Beth Adele Long — an engineer by training, a writer by passion, and a mystic by inclination — who embodies this unique convergence of skills. Beth shares her experiences of writing both a memoir and a technical guide, providing a fascinating look at how dive...

Discovery in the Unknown & Being The Fool

As creators, we often find ourselves entangled in a web of indecision, perfectionism, and self-doubt, which prevents us from fully unlocking our creative potential. To liberate ourselves, we need to embrace the unknown, confronting and accepting the risks of failure, judgment, and feelings of inadequacy. But how can we transform our fear of the unknown into a playground of creativity and discovery?

In this episode, we explore the challenges and fears that hold us back from stepping into the unknown of our creative projects, and how adopting a stance of playful curiosity can lead us to unexpected...