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Leo Babauta’s Mission To End Human Struggle — Ruminations on Suffering, Simplicity & The Power of Mindfulness

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Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”

Leo Babauta 

As longtime listeners know well, minimalism, mindfulness & sustainable living are favorite recurring themes of this show. Guests like Andrew Morgan and Joshua Katcher have elucidated our our cultural addiction to fast fashion. Andy Puddicombe, Jason Garner, Light Watkins, Dan Harris, Charlie Knoles, Guru Singh, WuDe and others have espoused the benefits of meditation. And people like Joshua Fields Milburn have shared the strategies and value of learning to live better with less.

Perhaps you even watched Joshua and Ryan Nicodemus’ documentary, Minimalism*. If you did, you may recall seeing Leo Babauta featured. A husband and father of six, Leo is the creator of Zen Habits, one of the largest single-author blogs in the world with a fanatic global fanbase in the millions. Named one of TIME magazine’s Top 10 blogs, Leo was indisputably one of the first prominent voices on the internet advocating the power and beauty of embracing simplicity and mindfulness to transcend the chaos of our daily existence. Through his writing, he has taught millions how to clear mental, emotional, financial and physical clutter so we can focus on what’s most important, create something amazing, and find contentment, purpose and meaning in our lives. Count me a fan.

Today finds Leo with a new goal: to end human struggle.


Audacious? Sure. Naively optimistic? Maybe. But Leo is no ordinary human. Uniquely extraordinary, he might just have what it tales to help birth a new age of consciousness.

Despite the fact that we had never met in person prior to this podcast, I can’t overstate the extent to which Leo’s work positively influenced my personal transformation and continues to this day to inspire my path. An authentic example of the powerful ideals he espouses, it was a personal thrill to finally meet him.

More importantly, our exchange exceeded all expectations.

This is a conversation about how to create healthy, personal boundaries. It’s about the distinction between greed and ambition. It’s about combating our consumerist programming through meditation, yoga, and mindfulness practices. And it’s a conversation about his vegan lifestyle and why he unschools his children.

But overall, this is a potent conversation about the path to self-mastery. It’s about how to let go of negative habits and adopt positive practices with staying power in service to your highest, most authentic self.

Because if you ask Leo, life is for living, not for productivity.

Present, gracious and wise beyond measure, Leo is a rare voice worth heeding. And this is a podcast you’re going to want to listen to more than once.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.

Peace + Plants,


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Connect With Leo

 Website | Twitter | Zen Habits | mnmlist

Zen Habits Mindfulness Retreat in San Francisco (April 21-23, 2017)

An Intimate Retreat to Create Mindfulness, Life Change & Magic

Books by Leo Babauta

 Background, Context & Reference

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, show notes and interstitial music; Shawn Patterson for graphics. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

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