If you’re like me, you’ve probably had days, (and maybe even weeks or months), when you haven’t felt that inspired to meditate. Like exercise programs and healthy diets, a meditation practice can seem like a fantastic idea at some times, and a burden at others.
And like keeping fit and eating well, it’s also well worth doing. For those times when your motivation is a little low, here are five podcasts you might turn to for inspiration.
I like this podcast not just for its clever name and cute logo, but also because episodes lengths are varied (ranging between 10 and 60 minutes) and because there’s a rich collection of interviews with thoughtful guests from fields as diverse as neuroscience, robotics, psychology, genetics and finance.
Michael Taft’s Deconstructing Yourself podcast investigates all things to do with meditation, mindfulness, brain hacking and neurofeedback.
This comment from one of his listeners sums up the podcast for me:
“I found myself learning, growing, disagreeing, giggling and mostly really enjoying this podcast. If you are willing to challenge long held assumptions and deconstruct yourself, go ahead and subscribe. You won’t regret it.”
For some reason the host of this podcast insists on inserting long ads for socks (among other things) in the middle of his podcast. Otherwise, he does a fine job and has lots of guests who will help you to reflect on what you’re really looking for (from meditation) and how you’re going about it.
If you’re looking for something practical, rather than theoretical, this is the ‘podcast’ for you. Each episode is actually a recording of a free, drop-in, 30-minute guided meditation session at UCLA’s Hammer Museum.
Each week has a different theme and usually includes introductory comments, guided meditation, silent practice time, and closing comments. Each episode also offers a new daily life practice for the week.
Sessions are led by Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at MARC, and by guest leaders.
This could well be one of the longest running podcasts on the planet. With episodes spanning back to 2009, and Tami Simon’s exceptionally skillful interviewing, your major difficulty will be in choosing which episode to listen to.
What’s your favourite meditation-related podcast? Let me know in the comments below.