If you find yourself with unexpected time on your hands, you’re not alone. In a recent article, long-time Haven Faculty member, Wayne Dodge shared some suggestions of how you might embrace this uncertain time – or at least respond to it in a choice-full way. One action we can take is to listen – to ourselves and others and to our planet. Another is to continue to expand, learn and grow in new ways.
Back in the Fall, we surveyed our community on Facebook to find out which podcasts they tune into most. Here are the favourites. Whether you’re an avid listener or new to the podcast world, we think you’ll enjoy this selection. Find descriptions and links below and let us know your top pick – and if you have a favourite that didn’t make the short list. Happy listening!
On Being is a weekly show hosted by Krista Tippett, an American journalist, author and entrepreneur. With a variety of guests, from relationship guru Esther Perel to folk rock duo, Indigo Girls, the podcast explores the following questions from diverse angles and perspectives: What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? On Being is a popular pick among Haven faculty and participants alike. Here’s one of our faculty member’s favourite episodes: https://onbeing.org/programs/padraig-o-tuama-belonging-creates-and-undoes-us/
Sounds True is a multi-media company created by Tami Simon with the intention of spreading spiritual wisdom around the world. This includes a podcast that happens to be extremely popular with Haven participants! Insights at the Edge is updated weekly and already features 104 episodes for you to dive into. Listen for free on ApplePodcasts.
Prefer something a bit more academic and science-y? Then this next pick is for you. The Hidden Brain podcast put on by the National Public Radio based in Washington D.C, is all about how the human brain drives us in strange and interesting ways. Hosted by Shankar Vedantam, an American journalist who focuses on human behavior and the social sciences, this podcast covers a wide variety of topics such as, “How Death Drives our Behaviour” and, “How the Way We Sound Shapes our Identities.” Listen on their website linked above!
Here’s an interesting pick that’s a little different from the others on this list. Where Should We Begin? is hosted by Esther Perel, a renowned couple’s therapist and features sessions with real couples facing real-life issues. The interviews are anonymous, but they tackle a wide range of relatable situations and challenges within relationships, with Ester helping each couple through them. You can listen and download directly on the website linked above. Enjoy!
Communication and Connection; chances are if you’ve been to the Haven, you’ve heard those words more than a few times. Alan Alda’s podcast is all about communicating and connecting with others on different levels in multiple areas of everyday life. Alan boasts a New York best-selling book on the art and science of relating and communicating, so it’s no wonder that his informative podcast is especially popular among our faculty. Check out the website for ways to listen and tons of free resources!
That’s right; the iconic Oprah has her own podcast series focusing on health, wellness and making meaning of the world around us. It features many different high-profile guests who are best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries and top medical professionals. It’s no surprise that this podcast is not only popular among Haven participants, but all over the world. You can listen to it on PodBean or Apple Podcasts; and good news, there are already 238 episodes uploaded for your listening pleasure.
The Ultimate Health Podcast, hosted by married couple Marni Wasserman and Dr. Jesse Chappus, not only focuses on mindfulness and spirituality like some of our other podcast suggestions, it also covers topics such as lifestyle, nutrition, and fitness. Their website has a ton of free resources to check out as well as helpful descriptions for each of their episodes to help you choose where to begin. This podcast already has over 300 episodes for you to listen to, all of which are free and found on their website.
So far, we’ve covered our bases on connection, communication, health, and more connection. Here’s an interesting podcast focused on happiness! In addition to being a best-selling author, Gretchen Rubin, the host of Happier, is also “Oprah Approved”. The podcast is co-hosted by Gretchen’s younger sister and they discuss habits that lead to happiness. With some of your favourite mood-boosters inaccessible, you might gain something from tuning into over 300 episodes worth of ideas.
What have you learned from listening more deeply and intentionally to your inner world? To others in relationship? To our shared planet? To these podcasts? We want to hear from you. Share your experience in the comments below or on Facebook and Instagram.