Listening to podcasts is an excellent way to stay informed and entertained during a long commute or workout. If you are looking for information and tips on meditation, podcasts can be a great resource. I often listen to several different meditation podcasts to keep me on track and focused. Some of them offer guided meditations and interviews with other meditators. They often give you greater insight into your own mediation and different techniques to ponder. If you are interested in meditating or an experienced meditator, podcasts can be a nice way to keep motivated. Here are some of the best meditation podcasts to consider.
Best Meditation Podcasts
All of these podcasts offer different views on meditation. Many of them are weekly podcasts and can be subscribed to through any type of podcast player.
10% Happier Podcast
The 10% Happier podcast is hosted by Dan Harris. Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News, an anchor for Nightline and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He has also written a book called 10% Happier, about what brought him to meditation and how it changed his life. His podcast is full of great interviews with people who practice meditation. His list of guests is quite diverse. The first interview is with the Dali Lama. The podcast is well produced and witty. Dan is not afraid to poke fun at himself and is open to different points of views from his guests. He explores many different aspects and types of meditation. His guests are engaging and informative. I have learned a lot from his podcast. He also offers guided meditations and a meditation app. I recommend starting with his first interview and working your way up to the latest. It is well worth subscribing too.
Tara Brach is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She is a meditation teacher, psychologist, author and Buddhist. She offers a weekly podcast. Most of her podcasts are recordings of retreats that she hosts. She deals with many topics and difficulties of everyday life. Tara takes you though guided meditations that help you gain greater insight into your awareness, thoughts and feelings. She often incorporates quotes from different teachers and philosophers into her sessions. Her podcast has helped me gain greater insight into my conditioned behaviors. Tara often takes questions from people in the audience about meditation and life situations. She is very easy to listen to, compassionate and has a good sense of humor.
The Buddhist Geeks is a good podcast about the practice of Buddhism. They have some guided meditations. Their topics range from mindfulness, Dharma, technology and types of meditation. Many of their podcasts consist of interviews with other meditators and practicing Buddhist. The podcasts offer many helpful tips and insight into mindful meditation. Although the podcast is no longer being updated, there is still a lot of worthwhile information.
The Daily Meditation Podcast
Mary Meckley is a meditation coach and has a daily podcast. She has a meditation for just about any mood or emotion. Each week Mary introduces you to a different meditation theme. So it can keep your meditations new and interesting. If you need a coach to keep you on track consider trying The Daily Meditation Podcast. Each meditation is about 10 minutes long. So it is just the right amount of time to get a meditation in throughout your day. If you are interesting in exploring different types of meditations, then this podcast is for you.
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Waking Up with Sam Harris
Sam Harris is a neuroscientist, author and philosopher. He is an avid meditator. Sam spent many months in seclusion meditating with monks. He takes religion out of the spiritual equation. He has some excellent guided meditations. Particularly to first two on his podcast. His podcast is engaging. He has a wide range of guests. Sam discusses a diverse range of topics from types of religion, the universe, Artificial Intelligence and technology. If you are interested in an agnostic look at the world and open to a scientific perspective, then you will enjoy this podcast.
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Listening to a meditation podcast can help you maintain balance throughout your day. It can also teach you new methods of meditation. Meditation takes time and practice. The more it is a part of your life, the easier it becomes. What do you consider the best meditation podcasts? If I missed one you enjoy, please leave a comment below.