Leo Babauta and the 44 Training Program
One of my favorite authors of all time, Leo Babauta, the author of Zen Habits, recently created a video training program on "Turning Uncertainty to Find Mindful Openness" as a birthday gift to his readers. But, I'm sure he can explain it better than I can. I will be following along for the next 44 days of life, starting tomorrow. I'd love it if you would consider joining us :)
"What the heck is that? It’s a video training program that I’m offering for free, to help you:
Overcome uncertainty, anxiety, fear, discomfort and procrastination
Find peace, mindful openness, gratitude and joy
Transform your difficulties and pain into growth and beauty
Overcome any struggle you’re having right now
Wow, can it really do all that?! Yes. Yes, my friends, it can. If you put in the effort to train.
What It’s About
In our lives, we have lots of difficulty: stress, anxiety, anger and frustration, plus the pain of loss and heartbreak and massive change, not to mention major illness and chronic pain and depression.
How do we deal with all of this? We can use it, as the place of transformation to happiness and peace. We can use it, as a way to awaken, to touch our inner goodness, to connect with the pain of others.
The place we find peace and mindfulness and happiness isn’t somewhere away from the pain and struggle … it’s right in the midst of it.
This program is about training ourselves to be mindful, to find peace in the midst of chaos and pain, to get good at dealing with discomfort and change and uncertainty.
This program is about simple practices that train our minds and our hearts. It’s my life’s work.
How It Works
So how does it work? It’s simple:
You train with 11 different practices, 4 days each. So 44 days total.
The daily practice sessions should take only 5-10 minutes a day.
If you sign up below, you’ll get an email every other day, with videos for each practice and a short article to encourage and inform your practice.
With each practice, I just ask you to give me a little feedback on how it’s going, to help me make the program better.
It’s mind training, training in uncertainty and discomfort, training in transforming our struggles and fear into openness and joy (as I shared in my mission a couple days ago)."
Sign up, and read the full post on his blog.
The Photo is of a piece of art my grandfather created