Messages from the aether: Podcasts for life

If you’re thinking about self-improvement or deep appreciation in your life, Elsa Samuel rounds up these free podcasts to help you achieve it.
With a title like “SuperSoul Conversations” and with Oprah Winfrey as its mastermind, you know it’s going to be good. The podcasts are a series of interviews Oprah skilfully conducts with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual gurus and health and wellness experts about the most appropriate and effective ways we can look after ourselves in today’s world. She stresses taking time for yourself and being in the present, until it’s ingrained in your brain. My personal favourites were Gretchen Rubin’s ‘8 Rules to Happiness’, Shawn Achor’s ‘Part 1: The Secrets to Happy People’ and Dr Maya Angelou’s ‘Part 1: 9 Words that Changed Her Life’.
God Forbid is a weekly podcast hosted by James Carleton about religion – any religion – in search of life’s most profound questions: Why are we here? What happens when we die? and Does God matter?
‘Is God a feminist?’ with Dr Sureka Goringe, National Director at UnitingWorld and Saara Sabbagh, Founder and CEO of Benevolence Australia, ‘Hello who’s calling’ and ‘What’s the secret to happiness’ are some episodes I found thought provoking.
Good Life Project is a smorgasbord of inspiring, motivating and encouraging topics by different iconic world-shakers, spiritual luminaries, health experts and everyday guests. They all share their secrets on how to create the life you want. Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin are some of the people you can expect to listen to. Some podcasts are short (six minutes long) and some are longer (about an hour), so you can be inspired on the go or save the longer ones for a long commute or while at the gym. I took notes while listening ‘To succeed at anything, do this” and loved ‘Your work zone matters: Chocolate and your brain’.

Elsa Samuel

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