All Ears: Podcast That Create Space
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen. -Ernest Hemingway
In a noisy world full of too much information, it's hard know where to start listening.
I used to be scared of podcasts. I'm terrified of things I don't understand. Where do you start? What happens when you fall behind? Is it Serial or Cereal?
Then, like so many things, I ripped of that iTunes store band-aid and started with Modern Love. The rest is oral history.
On my weekly drives to the IV clinic, binging podcasts keeps my mind engaged, my energy going, and my body calm. Podcasts keep my temper tantrums at bay while sitting on the Richmond Bridge at rush hour, or nodding off after a long day.
If you're looking for the perfect podcasts to calm the mind and body, here's the list I can't live without.
- Modern Love is the greatest podcast for ugly cries while cooking, driving, or sitting on a park bench. Perfect for anyone loving a 20-30 minute listen, the best of the NYT column is read by celebs--Colin Farrell's episode is my favorite, because OMG that voice.
- The Minimalists. Josh and Ryan make my life with their no b/s minimalism empire and humorous podcast. Usually, Josh feels a little corporate, until he brings up his arsenal of supplements and love of glutethione injections--clearly we would make great friends. Ryan is a minimalist dream boat. Their in-depth episodes, similar to their documentary, Minimalism, create space in a million followers homes and soothe my mind. They always have great recommendations for new albums, comedy specials, and they give away free hugs. I'm a big fan of grown men who like hugs.
- 10% Happier. Dan Harris doesn't mess around with meditation. The man had a panic attack on national television and now spends his time talking to others about meditation practices. There is nothing elitist, or perfectionist about Dan or his interviewees. This year's Oscar's episode featuring Billy Crudup, is an eye opener for anyone wondering what it's like working with actors. Dan also has a book about his panic-ladened road to meditation.
- By the Book. New on the podcast scene, this podcast is dedicated to following self help books. This is my literal music to my ears. For their pilot, Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer live their lives by the teachings of The Secret for two weeks to prove the Law of Attraction. It's hilarious, and kind of amazing. This podcast promises the average self-deprecating woman's book reviews of every self-help book you've ever wanted to read. For a Cliff Notes on the Cliff Notes of The Secret, you can read about their first episode here.
If you need me, I'll be in my car. Don't worry, it's a Prius.
Life is so full--time is assigned to work, more work, coffee dates, adventures, and sleep why not spend the little time left, curating the noise?
Do you have favorite podcasts? Are there any serials you recommend? (Don't say Serial).
Let me know in the comments!