Mindfulness carries a lot of currency in 2020, with our plans and priorities being completely pulled out from underneath us, and no end in sight to the uncertainties. In a year where control is not an option, there are some tools and habits we can get into that will better guide us through.
If mindful moments are few and far between for you at the moment, you might get some peace from putting on your headphones and listening to some of the podcasts that are topping the charts globally in the area of mental health and mindfulness. Some are meditation-based, others are thought-provoking stories, but all will have you coming away with at least a little bit calmer. With individuals of all generations recognising the need to pause and re-connect in their personal and professional pursuits, we’ve listened to and recommended the best mindfulness podcasts in 2020, allowing you incorporate these insights into your new, and temporary, lifestyle.
Be sure to check back here as this is an exhaustive list that we will be adding to often.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
If you’re plugged into the mindful movement, you’ll need no introduction to Jay Shetty. Monk turned mentor, On Purpose with Jay Shetty covers a series of conversations with leaders across all fields tackling timely and thought-provoking topics. Some episodes are short and sweet and others are part of a series – but all are interesting and have you looking at everyday habits with a new curiosity. From discussing negative self talk to considering an adult gap year, each topic is evidence-based and translatable to all listeners. Jay is also active on all social media, with the bulk of his podcasts themes derived from posts and insights taking place on his accounts and dedicated Facebook groups. If you’ve got a question or habit you want to learn more about, you might find it covered through On Purpose.
Meditation Station with Stin Hansen
There’s something about meditation that alludes most individuals, and it’s something we will admit we haven’t quite nailed yet. Meditation is given the old college try at various points in life, and then discarded for being too hard, a waste of time or ‘not doing anything’. Like any new venture, dedication to the craft is the key to success as well as guidance from an authority on the matter. Meditation Station with Stin Hansen engages beginner to advanced meditators, in episodes that range from five to fifteen minutes allowing for easier integration into busy lives. While the podcast covers anticipated topics like resilience and forgiveness, Stin also illuminates her wisdom through topics about forgiving your parents and managing pain.
This is not what you will expect to find in a mindfulness podcast list, but it should be. If you’re someone who scrolls through episode previews to understand exactly what you get when you press play, Invisibilia might just be a welcome shake-up. With titles like Mr Weatherman, Invisibilia (Latin for ‘invisible things’) is a radio program and podcasts that curates mindful topics through storytelling. Backed by science and cultural drivers, Invisibilia uncovers the root causes and symptoms of ‘unseeable forces’ that control human behaviour. You’ll be left thinking about these episodes long after they finish, with the fiction fusion adding another compelling layer to these mindfulness teachings. Each episode is narrated by one of the three producers and they unpack a lot of topical and sensitive issues, not shying away from an incomplete resolution if that’s that reality.
Your Dream Life with Kristina Karlsson
More mindful than meditation, Your Dream Life with Kristina Karlsson follows the journeys of leading men and women who have achieved industry success through channelling a mindful and grateful state of being. If the name sounds familiar, Kristina is the founder of kikki.K, a venture that has allowed her customers to create their own mindful habits through journals, organisers and Swedish-style gifts. With podcast guests spread across the globe, Kristina explores the habits, childhood dreams and future plans of those who are living bold and present lives.
There’s a natural curiosity in us all to acquire the skills to grow into calm and considered individuals, with total control over our emotions and mindsets. With access to hands-free wisdom, work your way through these podcast channels and reflect on what you can put into action today and the rest of your life.
Did we miss any podcasts that need to be included in this round-up? Let us know what meditation and mindfulness podcast you are listening to, and what you have drawn from them so far.