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14 Podcast Episodes Full of Wisdom

Great for a commute, doing chores, enjoying a long bath or just sitting down to soak in some golden insights, these are podcast episodes that will leave you all the wiser.

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"How can anyone feel so important when we know that death is stalking us?" - Shaman Don Juan

I am always preaching about the wonderful world of podcasts. I love to learn and to read, but while I do make time to sit down with a book, that can be a bit limiting - especially with small children to care for, a house to clean, laundry to fold and meals to make. This is why podcasts are oh so amazing, you can listen and learn while doing all of those things! Well maybe not caring for small children, they can be a bit distracting, but everything else!

When I first got into podcasts there was a pretty minimal selection, but today there are literally so many it can honestly be overwhelming trying to sift through and find ones worthy of a listen. No one wants to add chores to the list, we just want to listen while we check our chores off our lists! So here you go, 14 really amazing podcast episodes, all packed full of wisdom, to fuel your mind and your soul while you tackle that mountain of laundry that has been sitting on your couch for 4 days.

Oh, and these aren’t just great episodes, although they are all top notch, these are all insightful, inspiring, informative podcasts with libraries of episodes to check out and listen through. In no particular order, here are 14 podcast episodes full of wisdom for you to enjoy! (I have included the length of the episode as well as the show notes for easy selection!)

P.S. If you are new to podcasts, don’t forget you have the power of the skip ahead 30 seconds arrow to breeze through ads :)

Oprah Winfrey: AWAKENING

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

28 minutes

Oprah Winfrey talks with some of today’s most admired thought leaders, writers and thinkers, gathering some of the most powerful spiritual lessons on the subject of “awakening.” Based on her New York Times best-selling book, The Wisdom of Sundays, this episode is a compilation of some of Oprah’s most profound conversations with guests from her Emmy Award-winning show SuperSoul Sunday. World-renowned visionaries—including Caroline Myss, Gary Zukav, Eckhart Tolle, Sue Monk Kidd, Deepak Chopra, Jack Kornfield, Elizabeth Lesser, Rob Bell, Llewellyn Vaughn Lee, Sister Joan Chittister, Thomas Moore, Elizabeth Gilbert and Michael Singer—share their soulful wisdom and life-changing experiences on what it means to live an awakened life. They also prompt each of us to ponder those burning essential questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What am I here for?

The Four Remembrances

Tara Brach

50 minutes

When we attune to the reality of impermanence and death, we remember what most matters to us. But in daily life we can lose precious swaths of time in a reactive trance, on our way somewhere else, and lost in problem solving, judgment and worry. This talk reflects on four remembrances or practices—Pausing, Yes to life, Turning toward love, and Resting in awareness—that help us awaken from trance and live true to the loving presence that is our essence.

Victim to Freedom

Shadow Work Library

14 minutes

Shadow: Being the Victim

How this shadow shows up: Complaining and/or blaming

A Different Way to Live Virtuously

The goop Podcast

50 minutes

“Each of us, in our own infinite precious particularity, will be led to what’s to be done next in our own time and space,” says Cynthia Bourgeault. The modern-day mystic and Episcopal priest is the author of several brilliant books, including Eye of the Heart: A Spiritual Journey into the Imaginal Realm. Today, she joins us to discuss a question that comes forth for many of us at some point: Are we all just irrelevant specs? Does our life actually have meaning? According to Bourgeault, while humans are not the center of everything, our actions have profound influence on the well-being of the planet (and a system that extends beyond it). She says that a lack of consciousness has led to much of the mess we’re currently in, and she explains how we all play a particular role in amending the damage. She talks through how our fear of dying is problematic (and what a different approach to death could look like), what it truly means to live virtuously, and whether or not she’s hopeful for the future. (Spoiler: Mostly, she is.) (For more, see The goop Podcast hub.)

David Treuer — Language Carries More Than Words

On Being with Krista Tippett

51 minutes

Writer David Treuer’s work tells a story that is richer and more multi-dimensional than the American history most of us learned in school. Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. At the time of our conversation with him in 2008, he was part of an ongoing project to document the grammar and usage of the Ojibwe language. He says the recovery of tribal languages and names is part of a fuller recovery of our national story — and the human story. And it holds unexpected observations altogether about language and meaning that most of us express unselfconsciously in our mother tongues. This interview originally aired in June 2008.

The Conscious Kid on Parenting Through a Critical Race Lens

Good Ancestor Podcast

1 hour

In this episode I speak with Ramon Stephens, Executive Director at The Conscious Kid.

Ramon Stephens is a PhD student at the University of California, San Diego and Executive Director at the Conscious Kid. His research focuses on recruitment, retention, resilience and student voice for Black students and marginalized student groups, he is currently researching Black graduate experiences at UC San Diego. Ramon has created, developed and supported student-driven, culturally-relevant curriculum and programs for various Universities, High Schools districts, Schools and nonprofits across California, Washington and Washington D.C. Currently, his research supports UC San Diego and San Diego Unified in the development and implementation of a district wide ethnic studies curriculum. Ramon has presented his research at conferences including Stanford's Race Inequality Language (RILE) conference and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.

Reimagine your happiness | Sharon Salzberg, meditation icon

The mindbodygreen Podcast

1 hour

Sharon Salzberg: “The mind is powerful—you can use the same tools no matter the circumstances.”

Salzberg, a world-renowned teacher, founder of the Insight Meditation Society, and New York Times bestselling author, sits down with mbg founder and co-CEO, Jason Wachob, to discuss meditation, mindfulness, and the power of letting go. She offers advice (plus a real-time meditation) on how to bring our attention back to the breath, plus:

*The relationship between grief, love, and overcoming great loss*

*How to tap into your perspective*

*The power of a structured meditation practice*

*How to pay attention differently to relieve anxiety*

*How to choose between formal and informal mindfulness*

Happiness Lessons of The Ancients: The Buddha

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

29 minutes

The Buddha was born to a royal family... and it shocked him when he found out that no amount of money or power could keep suffering and loss at bay forever. The quest to accept that life brings us pain was key to the development of Buddhism as a major religion.

Dr Laurie Santos is joined by Liz Angowski and Robert Wright (author of 'Why Buddhism is True') to explore The Buddha's teachings about unhappiness and how mindfulness meditation can help us come to terms with the negative feelings we all experience from time to time.

Sister Helen Prejean On Witnessing Executions: 'I Couldn't Let Them Die Alone'

Fresh Air

39 minutes

Sister Helen Prejean is best known for her 1993 memoir, Dead Man Walking, about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row. The story was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Prejean has accompanied six prisoners to their executions and has been at the forefront of activism against the death penalty.

The Science of Emotional Intelligence | Daniel Goleman

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

1 hour 2 minutes

How much would your relationships improve if you could up your emotional intelligence game? That phrase -- emotional intelligence -- entered the lexicon 25 years ago, when my friend Daniel Goleman wrote a book by the same name. And so on this episode, to mark the 25th anniversary edition of Emotional Intelligence, we’re having Danny on the show. By way of background, he is a Harvard-trained psychologist who, along with other contemplative luminaries such as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and others, went to Asia and discovered meditation in the 1960s, and then made it a huge part of their lives and careers. In this conversation, we talk about: the four components of emotional intelligence, how to develop them, and why these skills matter so much during the middle of a pandemic. We also discuss: empathy and relationship management in the age of zoom; the “marshmallow test” and impulse control; a phenomenon he calls “amygdala hijacks”; and why so many Jewish kids in the sixties and seventies got turned on to Buddhism.

Mental Health + Motherhood Challenges & The Dangers of Fame & Success w/Rachel Platten

The School of Greatness

1 hour 35 minutes

“I wasn’t supposed to be another pop star if I was going to lose the truth and the light in me.”

On today's podcast, Emmy Award winner, author, and multi-platinum selling recording artist, Rachel Platten joins Lewis in a wide-ranging conversation that is lighthearted and fun, yet deeply insightful and personal.

You know her best from her powerful hit songs such as Fight Song, Stand By You and many more! She topped countless radio and iTunes charts worldwide, and has even written a children’s book based on her song You Belong. She recently released a new song called Soldiers which can be found on Spotify.

Rachel was willing to open up and talk about some of the harsh realities that she faces as a mom, a wife, and a performer, while also giving gratitude for the opportunity, joy, and success that she sees in her life everyday. In this powerful interview Lewis and Rachel discuss the struggles of panic and anxiety, motherhood, postpartum depression, staying true to yourself, owning your self-worth, and so much more!

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