Last fall, I wrote about three podcasts that I don't miss. Those three are still staples at our house (especially The Splendid Table, I just love LRK sooooooo much), but with the passing of time comes new interests and the podcast world continues to grow and expand. When I have free time, or I'm cooking, or cleaning, or taking a bath, or driving (okay, so a lot of the time) I'm wanting to listen to something that is either entertaining or inspiring. I find podcasts to be so helpful for a few reasons:
- They get me out of my own head. While I know it's important to think for myself, process events, and plan for the future, sometimes I spent waaaay too much time in my head. Depending on the day, my mood, my energy, my thoughts can be destructive and critical. Listening to a lighthearted podcast gives me the opportunity to step out of my head and into the world of something else.
- It passes the time. When I'm cooking or cleaning, if I've got something to listen to, I'm able to get the task done a lot quicker and I'm less likely to get distracted. Which kind of brings me to my next point...
- Listening is mindfulness in action. When you're listening to every word of a podcast, you're focusing your attention on one thing - each sound coming from the speaker or headphones. In stillness (like, in the bathtub), this is single pointed focus. But even when you're technically multitasking (cleaning, cooking), it's helpful to have something to remind you to pay attention on purpose, which is one of many definitions of mindfulness.
Here are three podcasts that have been playing through my speaker lately:
When I first moved to Oregon in '10, I read "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin, and I remember being obsessed. As I ventured into my adult life, I thought her research and recommendations were amazing. Fast forward 7 years, I'm still into what she has to say. On "Happier", Gretchen and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, discuss about habits that are known to improve happiness in one's life. They're usually around 30 minutes, easy to listen to, and thought-provoking. I haven't missed an episode!
Note to Self
I've always been interested in tech-y stuff, starting in 4th grade when we first got AOL. This podcast features regular discussions about keeping up with the world around you despite the overwhelming, inescapable, digital presence in life today. Note to Self is easy to listen to, easy to understand, and interesting, especially if you're interested in how technology impacts our world.
The One You Feed
Branching out a little here for all of you who are interested in the way the mind works, spirituality, choice-making, and feeling at peace with yourself. The One You Feed is inspired by the following well-known 'parable' as it's referred to on the Podcast's website:
"A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, 'the one you feed'".
I love it, and maybe you will too.
What you find in your mind is what you put there. Put good things in there. - Mary Ford