5 Podcasts to Help You (Finally) Commit to Your Meditation Practice

Miss a couple days of practice? No problem, these listens will help you hop back on the mindfulness bandwagon.

You’ve finally decided to give into the all mindfulness buzz by starting your own meditation practice. A week in, you’re still committed to the ritual. You’ve blearily woken up to your alarm 30 minutes earlier each morning. You’ve designated an extra plushy armchair to be your permanent meditation thrown. You’ve even invested in a gorgeous string of malas to help you keep track of your mantra. You’re going so strong, then—bam—you fall off the wagon. One day missed turns into two, and before you know it, your inner monologue begins parading around your head, chanting, “you aren’t even committed enough to sit and do nothing for 30 minutes!”

This inner tirade may be enough to make you raise that white flag, hit snooze on your alarm clock, and postpone your mindful journey just a little bit longer.

But don’t put your mala beads in the bottom of your underwear drawer just yet. Instead, try subscribing to one (or five) mindfulness podcasts to help remind you why you got started in the first place.

We’ve covered podcasts to indulge your inner literary geek, get your mind back in marathon mode, and boost your morning commute, and now, we’ve found rounded up the podcasts that will help re-inspire your meditation practice. Plug in your headphones, and take these five mindful-inducing listens wherever you go.

10% Happier with Dan Harris

Can you be ambitious and still strive for enlightenment? This is the question Dan Harris—ABC news anchor and author of 10% Happierseeks to unravel in his weekly podcast. After having a panic attack on live television, Harris dubiously turned to meditation as a possible solution for making his life the slightest bit, well, happier. The rest is history. Now, Harris interviews everyone from the Dalai Lama to Arianna Huffington, attempting to understand how we can balance our success with the ultimate goal of making meditation a regular practice.

Listen to Chef Mario Batali’s take on why meditation is an essential aspect of his morning routine.

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The Mindful Podcast

Brought to you by the editors of Mindful Magazine, this podcast provides guided meditations and helpful conversations about what it means to bring mindfulness into your everyday life. Whether you’re just starting a meditation practice, or trying to add a little more intention to your everyday life, this podcast is a must-listen. From guided breathing exercises, to pre-meal warmups, to body scan tutorials, this weekly show is a wealth of information for newbies looking to dive deep into a consistent mindfulness practice.

Check out this episode on mindfulness for sleep led by sleep psychologist Shelby Freedman Harris.

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Untangle

This podcast “introduces you to real people with extraordinary stories, along with experts who have devoted their lives to helping others through meditation.” Each week, this show will give you a peek into how successful entrepreneurs, authors and business people use meditation to “untangle” their everyday lives. Interviewees include Jesse Israel, Dan Harris and Mark Epstein.

Need some inspiration to kickstart your meditation practice? Listen to this episode featuring Emily Fletcher—founder of Ziva Meditation—interviewing Ellie Burrows, the founder of MNDFL Meditation Studio.

 

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Meditation in the City: A Shambhala Podcast

“Meditation? No way. It’s boring. And strange. And my mind is way too distracted and crazy. ‘Meditation in the City’ helps dispel the myths about meditation, with down-to-earth, real life teachings that show us the benefits of meditation in our everyday life.” This podcast brings together renowned meditation teachers—including Sharon Salzberg and Lodro Rinzler—to talk about ways to apply your meditation practice to everyday life. Topics include self-doubt, the practice of kindness, living a brave existence and many more.

If you need a little self-esteem boost, download this episode on unconditional confidence.

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The Rubin Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

Free, guided mindfulness meditations delivered to my smartphone once a week? Yes, please. Each week, the Rubin Museum partners with expert teachers at the NY Insight Meditation Center to record a guided, 30-minute practice. So if you’d like to begin your meditation ritual from the cozy comfort of your bed, this podcast is definitely for you.

Find a comfortable seat, and download the most recent mindfulness mediation—led by expert teacher Tracy Cochran.

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