Practicing mindfulness meditation is a great way to reduce stress, manage emotions and boost cognitive function. For this reason, this ancient, once obscure practice has experienced a huge surge in popularity. If you want to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness but aren’t sure how to get started or want some help, some of these podcasts are a good introduction.
- 10% Happier
10% Happier is hosted by Dan Harris, a New York Times bestselling author who wrote a book with the same title. Harris is an American journalist for ABC news who got into mindfulness practice after having a panic attack on air. This podcast offers a clear, simple approach to meditation and features respected meditation teachers as guests. It’s a great introduction for skeptics and designed to help listeners keep up the practice.
- The Mindful Minute
Hosted by Meryl Arnett, this podcast is great for beginners new to meditation who may find it a bit intimidating to get into. Some episodes offer strategies and tips on how to live your life more mindfully, easily and happily while others offer a guided meditation.
- Meditation Minis
Another one perfect for beginners as well as listeners with a short attention span, this podcast offers simple and short guided meditations that can calm your anxiety, help you overcome negative thinking and help improve your focus. Hosted by hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton, episode content ranges from breathing exercises to sleep meditation.
- On Being
Hosted by Krista Tippett, this award-winning podcast focuses on the big questions of meaning – spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, what it means to be human and the arts. Each week offers a new discovery about the immensity of our lives, helping you put things in perspective and approaching life in a more mindful way.
- Mindfulness Mode
This podcast by Bruce Langford aims to increase your ability to be calm, joyful and focused through mindfulness and meditation. It provides easy listening for listeners thanks to its conversational style. This podcast is a good option if you’re interested in learning more about the practice and for tips on how to be more centered and live in the present.
- The Daily Meditation Podcast
With episodes shorter than 15 minutes, this podcast led by Mary Meckley is designed so everyone can make time in each day for a short, guided meditation. Episodes vary in theme, covering topics like how to gain control of your emotions, find inner peace, manage feelings of anxiety and fear during a crisis (timely) and learn how to practice gratitude.
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