When you’re first getting started with meditation, it can be kinda daunting.
Even though meditation is meant to help you relax, focus, and find your calm center, most of us in Western cultures are also taught that there’s a right way to do it.
You have to sit a certain way, completely clear your mind, and channel the inner peace you may not even be 100% sure you have.
All of which is totally not true.
Meditation is simply mindful focus—you’re aware of your body, your breathing, the atmosphere around you, and even your own thoughts.
Yes, you’re allowed to have thoughts while meditating!
But if you don’t have any teachers to help you along the way, starting a meditation practice can make you more frustrated and annoyed than calm and collected.
Great, so you can think while meditating, but how do you get back on track if those thoughts start getting pushy? What do you do if you have an itch? Help, my leg cramped!
List of the Best Meditation Podcasts
Rather than going it alone, try checking out one of these 15 fantastic meditation podcasts for help, inspiration, and guidance.
1. The Meditation Podcast
The aptly named Meditation Podcast has been around since 2006, and it’s one of the best out there.
Beyond having two practitioners with more than 30 years’ combined experience in the healing arts and meditation to guide you, this unique podcast creates binaural beats for each episode.
These low sounds, tailored to specific frequencies, are said to put your brain into a specific state, like relaxation, healing, or energy. The healing and focusing power of sound is well-documented, and adding binaural beats to a podcast is a really clever way of making sure that you get the results you’re after.
Make sure you’re wearing headphones when you listen—these tones need to be playing into each of your ears to work properly—and never drive while listening to a meditation podcast of any kind!
2. The Daily Meditation Podcast with Mary Meckley
If you’re not sure where to start on your mindfulness journey, tune in to Mary Meckley’s daily podcast.
One of the keys to learning any new habit is to do it regularly, and by subscribing to this podcast, you’re giving yourself a prompt to sit and tune in to yourself for 15 minutes a day.
Mary guides listeners through a different meditation each day, using different styles and techniques. You’ll start to get familiar with basic meditation terms and techniques, like mudra and breathwork, and learn what works for you.
The weekly themes are particularly helpful, because you can go back and re-listen to past episodes to help conquer stress or manage depression or insomnia.
3. Meditation Minis
Don’t have time to meditate?
Sure you do!
Meditation Minis proves the point, with helpful guided meditations that last 10 minutes or less. You can focus on sleeping better, calming your anxiety, treating every day like a vacation, and more.
Hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton uses a range of techniques and approaches to meditation, all broken down into easy-to-manage chunks that will fit just fine into your busy day.
This is a fantastic way to get started in meditation and experiment with what works best for you, without committing too much time.
4. I Should Be Meditating
If you already have some experience with meditation and want to take your practice to the next level, check out I Should Be Meditating.
This podcast takes a training approach, combining interviews, tips, and guided meditations to help you level up your practice and find new ways to practice awareness throughout your day.
5. The Overwhelmed Brain
Cut the clutter and fluff and focus on the results you’re looking for.
That’s the approach used by The Overwhelmed Brain, a no-nonsense guide to getting your thoughts and emotions under control so that you can live a better life.
It tackles tough topics like breakups, sex, racism, abuse, and more—there’s no backing down from dealing with difficult corners of our own minds, and this podcast walks you through how to break down barriers to become the person you want to be.
6. The Mindful Podcast
Be more mindful every day, all day—that’s the theme of this handy podcast. From interviews and discussions of what mindfulness really means to short guided meditation sessions, the Mindful Podcast covers all the bases.
Episodes cover everything from the science behind meditation and mindfulness to whether animals can meditate. There are also lots of short guided sessions to help you, say, shift your focus from “doing” to “being” in only 7 minutes.
Check it out on iTunes.
7. Meditation in the City
Meditation can—and should—be a part of a busy modern life!
To prove how, the Shambhala Meditation Center in New York City started a podcast to clear up misconceptions about meditation and help people start a practice of their own that works with busy lives.
These aren’t guided meditations. Rather, they’re useful discussions, tips, and suggestions about how you can incorporate mindfulness into your day and start banishing distractions and anxiety from your life.
8. UCLA Guided Meditations
That’s right, UCLA offers guided meditation sessions on campus, free to the public! If you’re not in LA, you can still benefit by checking out their podcast.
The sessions are led by Diana Winston, a mindfulness expert, and there are sometimes guest leaders who provide a different perspective and approach.
If you have 30 minutes to devote to your practice, this might be a good series to try. Past episodes cover everything from turning New Year’s Resolutions into active intentions to using Tibetan singing bowls.
Listen on their website.
9. Rubin Mindfulness Meditation
Led by Sharon Salzberg and featuring a series of guests, each meditation is inspired by a work of art at the museum and designed to fit into an average lunch break.
While you can’t be there in person, you can call up a picture of the artwork on your phone and join in thanks to modern technology.
It’s an interesting twist on mindfulness and helps broaden your artistic horizons at the same time!
10. Hay House Meditations
Some of the top meditation experts bring their insight to Hay House Meditations, a series by a popular self-help publisher.
Think of this as a series of master classes in meditation led by some of the best teachers out there—for free!
If you’re not sure what style or approach will work well for you, or you just want to experiment with new techniques, then you’ll benefit from the range offered by this podcast.
Check it out on iTunes.
11. The Rebel Guru
If you have questions about the more esoteric aspects of meditation or you just wonder what all the fuss is about with prana, the sixth sense, and more, then The Rebel Guru is worth checking out.
Spiritual teacher and author Eric Pepin tackles all the questions self-help books and spirituality guides often shy away from, including reincarnation, manifestation, and more, using simple, clear language.
There isn’t much in the way of guided meditations, but there’s a ton of information to help you figure out what path is right for you and to start exploring other areas of awareness and enlightenment practice.
12. Simple Daily Practice
Not every form of mindfulness involves meditation! Simple Daily Practice helps you be more mindful in every part of your life by explaining how your other activities, like photography or cooking, can become part of a mindful lifestyle.
Insightful interviews provide plenty of inspiration and ideas for your own life and practice. One episode focused on the power of journaling, something that’s particularly effective for writers!
Although there haven’t been new episodes since 2015, the large archive and overall usefulness of the podcast still make it handy.
If you’re looking for ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine—without the stress of carving out 30 minutes for standard meditation—then you might want to check out some of the archive.
Check out back episodes on iTunes.
13. Meditation Oasis
Guided meditation is the key at Meditation Oasis. Some of the episodes include music in the background and some don’t, so you’ll be able to discover what works best for you.
The early episodes are short, only 7 minutes or so, though later episodes range up towards 20 minutes—still a good range for fitting into a hectic day.
Many episodes focus on body awareness, meditation for health, and on the changes in the seasons. Others are really great for fitting into a work or school day to help break up tension, anxiety, and worry.
14. A Quiet Mind
Robert Jackson doesn’t look like your typical meditation expert—and maybe that’s what makes him so effective!
Since 2005, he’s been recording A Quiet Mind, a podcast meant to help people tame their restless thoughts. Robert is also an accomplished musician, playing the Native American flute, and often incorporates music into his podcasts.
Many episodes are aimed at the very beginning level, but you can also advance through new techniques and approaches, including constant awareness, breathwork, and practicing gratitude.
15. Mindfulness Mode
Being mindful doesn’t contradict wanting to succeed! In fact, mindfulness supports being a balanced entrepreneur.
On his Mindfulness Mode podcast, Bruce Langford interviews successful entrepreneurs, coaches, and others to learn how they apply mindfulness to their lives and businesses. Every episode is full of tips and resources for how you can be more focused, productive, balanced, and successful in every aspect of your life.
While you won’t find many guided meditations here, you’ll definitely never be lacking for inspiration.
Do you have a favorite meditation podcast? Share it in the comments!
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