Connecting Podcasts to People
A curated collection of the most mindful podcasts today. Handpicked to dive deep. Enjoy short reflections and link to original podcast content.
You may be wondering, who is the person handpicking these episodes? So here’s a little about me and my 3,600+ hours of podcast listening…
It was 2012, and I was living alone after a tough divorce, it was just too damn quiet in the house most days…So I started streaming podcasts, for a little company here and there, and found myself feeling like I just had a great conversation.
I began writing short reflections after listening to particularly moving podcasts that I could “AF” autofocus on. It was an awakening. By consciously choosing the kind of “noise” I was hearing, I began healing broken places inside myself. I decided to kill my TV, and I’ve logged more than 3,600 hours of podcast listening to date.
And about these broken places inside myself? We all have a story- here is mine in 200 words…
I was abandoned by my birth father, who was an addict, in and out of prison who died alone at the hand of his addiction, homeless. I was raised by an alcoholic mother with an eating disorder and severe depression. My step-father was a blue collar, first generation Italian, who had bipolar disorder and didn’t know it, and had survived an extremely abusive childhood.
There was a lot of codependency, verbal and physical abuse in the house growing up. We lived in a low-income, uneducated community. We were loyal to each other as a family and I gained incredible strength and resilience from growing up as I did. Needless to say I lacked some very basic, emotional intelligence skills which severely impacted my ability to be successful in intimate relationships.
I was determined, became extremely successful in career, and the first in my family to graduate both high school and college. I married the love of my life, and that marriage failed largely due to the lack of emotional intelligence on both our parts. Like attracts like. There was so much love there, but he refused counseling and that was the death punch in a pre-podcast world. I had no resources to go to, to save myself of our marriage.
I created MindfulAF to share. Podcasts essentially, are free coaching sessions. Whether you’re having trouble in your relationship and you know where you need to do work, or you don’t know where to start. If you do not have the resources to go to a therapist to work it out, dig in here. If you’ve got some luggage to drop off, some shadows to take a closer look at, or if you just want to become the best version of yourself, you’re in the right place to find some inspirational and motivational guidance. I call the process of this learning, “re-framing” and with the help of these podcasts, I have paved over old behaviors and created a smooth path to move forward on, in my life.
According to www.ListenNotes.com there are roughly 650,000 podcasts and over 44 Million episodes out there. I narrow the search and share my favorites with 200 words or less of a review-so that you connect with podcasts that resonate. What you will find are podcasts related to personal development, self-awareness, conscious relationships, growth mindset, poetics of life, lessons we find in myth, lore and wisdom. Basically, “All the Feels.” And don’t be afraid the episodes or topics are to “woo-woo,” I named it Mindful AF for a reason. ♥
Find a podcast, listen in line, listen in traffic, listen on a hike as a walking meditation. Take some time to invest in a deeper connection with the person you’ll be in the longest relationship of your life with-YOURSELF.
This blog is here to help podcasts gain listeners and strengthen the amazing open world of podcasting, and to help listeners learn from the podcasts they love. This collection is a work in progress. Please stay tuned for more content and subscribe to my blog. You can find me and interact on IG @mindfulpodcasts.
Ad Astra Per Aspera,
* All links and credit given to original content creators. Reflections are my perspective, and original authors are appropriately quoted. *Photos used are not under copyright, and photo credit is given when they are.