20 Best Mindfulness Meditation Podcasts Of 2020

mindfulness meditation podcastsRecently there has been a growing focus on the benefits of mindfulness.

Are you curious about how to get started with mindfulness and mindfulness meditation? Ready to dip your toes into this daily practice? Or maybe you need some encouragement – perhaps some fresh inspiration to get back into your daily practice? If so, this post is for you.

Even though there are thousands of podcasts available, we’ve made a list of podcasts that address the topic of mindfulness meditation.

So, whip out your earphones, make a warm cup of something comforting, and find a cozy spot so that you enjoy this list of podcasts.

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10 Best Mindfulness Podcasts

These podcasts were selected based on sheer enjoyment and informativeness – in other words – no formal scientific criteria were used to prune the list.

The list of podcasts includes:

  • Podcast channels dedicated to the topic of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.
  • Specific podcast episodes centered on the topic of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.
  • Podcast channels dedicated to the topic of anxiety.
  • Specific podcast episodes that explore anxiety.
  • Most popular podcasts based on the download rate and the reviews.

If you don’t already listen to podcasts, then there are several apps that you can use on your laptop, tablet, or phone.

Popular options include Grover, which you can use on a computer, PlayerFM, Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple podcasts, among others. All of the podcasts recommended here are available on the Grover app.

This initial list of mindfulness podcasts is recommended as follows:

  • Podcast channels that focus on mindfulness exercises, including mindfulness meditation
  • Podcast channels that focus on general topics around mindfulness
  • Single podcast episodes that address mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.

 

Five Podcast Channels  – Focused on mindfulness exercises

Mindfulness for Beginners1. Mindfulness for Beginners

The podcast channel, Mindfulness for Beginners, is hosted by Shaun Donaghy. Even though the channel is new – it only started at the beginning of 2020 – at this moment there are already more than 30 episodes.

Shaun aims to make the principles of Buddhism and mindfulness accessible to all of his listeners: Each episode tackles a specific theme, is approximately 30 minutes long, and includes a short meditation. He shares his experience of meditation, but without being self-indulgent.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • How do I make the world a better place? Body mindfulness meditation

 

2. Mindfulness in 8 Weeks

Mindfulness in 8 WeeksThe Mindfulness in 8 Weeks podcast is a concise mindfulness program that spans eight weeks and is hosted by Michael Chaskalson.

Michael Chaskalson is an expert in mindfulness, and have published four books that focus on mindfulness in the workplace.

There are two versions of the Mindfulness in 8 weeks podcasts: The difference between the two streams is the amount of time needed per day to dedicate towards mindfulness.

The more extended version is Stream One and is titled Mindfulness in eight weeks: 40 minutes a day program, whereas the shorter version is Stream Two, and is titled Mindfulness in eight weeks: 20 minutes a day.

In both streams, there are only eight episodes, and each episode focuses on a different exercise. This podcast is accompanied by a book of the same title (Chaskalson, 2014) and can be purchased from Amazon. We recommend that you should complete the course by starting with episode 1.

 

3. Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

The Mindfulness Meditation PodcastThe Mindfulness Meditation Podcast with Danny Ford consists of only guided meditation episodes.

These episodes are a bit longer on average than the other podcasts, some longer than 20 minutes, and sometimes exceed 30 minutes.

His podcasts are better suited if you have more time available to meditate and not suited for a morning ritual (unless you have allocated 30 minutes for meditation, of course).

These episodes were recorded from Zoom sessions, making them slightly less well-produced; specifically, the sound quality is very slightly distorted. However, the sound quality does not detract from the content of the episodes and the calming quality of Danny’s voice.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Silent meditation – 3-minute meditation timer (no guidance)

 

4. The Rubin Museum: Mindfulness Meditation Podcast

The Rubin MuseumThe Rubin Museum started a podcast initiative during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Normally, the museum hosts in-person meditation classes; however, since the museum has been locked down due to the pandemic, they have made the recordings of previous mindful meditation sessions available as a podcast.

The format of this podcast is different from those previously described: Each episode is a guided meditation that focuses on a specific piece of art, which is linked to the theme for that week.

For example, the piece of art in the first episode is the Mandala of Hevajra Hevajra, and the theme for that week was ‘Seeking Refuge’. Each episode begins with a discussion, followed by a guided meditation that is conducted by a formal meditation teacher form the local area around the Rubin Museum in New York.

This slightly different format might appeal to people who are looking for a somewhat different take on mindfulness and everyday life and cultural talks. Take the time to navigate the website linked to each episode to see a photo of the artwork.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Mindfulness Meditation with Tracy Cochran Repost from 10/17/2018 (Theme: Hopes and Anxieties)

 

5. Guided Meditation by The Yoga Bunny

The Yoga BunnyThis podcast is more practical than previously described podcasts. In each episode, Bunok (the host) guides listeners through different mindfulness exercises, including body scan, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.

The episodes are short – typically shorter than 10 minutes – so this podcast is perfect if you are starting a daily mindfulness habit.

Additional, because these episodes are so short and so easy to implement, you could easily listen to an episode at work during your lunch break.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Gratitude Meditation

 

Five Podcast Channels – Focus on General Mindfulness Topics

Here is a list of podcasts that explore topics in mindfulness, but is slightly more generalized than the podcasts in the previous section.

 

1. The JOY Factor

The Joy FactorThe JOY factor podcast is hosted by Julia Hanson, who is a yoga teacher, life coach, and therapist. Each episode addresses a different topic that is explored with an expert on that particular topic.

Because the topics are so varied, this podcast remains fresh, and you won’t get ‘bored’ with the host. One criticism of this podcast is that new episodes are released infrequently, and you might have to wait a month or two before there is something new.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • The power of compassion (Dr. Jennifer Sippel)

 

2. Wake Me Up

Wake Me UpIn the podcast Wake me up by Tyler Brown, Tyler focuses on three types of activities:

  • motivations,
  • routines, and,
  • short meditations.

In the motivation episodes, Tyler introduces content that is meant to inspire his listeners.

The routine episodes are varied and touch on topics such as fostering gratitude, developing discipline, or combating negative bias.

In the meditation episodes, he guides his listeners through a meditation, which is short enough to implement in other spaces or intervals during the day. In summary, the episodes of this podcast are useful if you’re trying to start a morning ritual (link?,) because each episode is short, between 10 and 20 minutes, with only the occasional episode longer than 20 minutes.

Despite being a new podcast, Tyler has produced a lot of content, so you’ll have a lot to keep you busy for a while.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Meditation Mini – Gratitude for Others

 

3. The Science of Happiness (PRX and Greater Good)

The Science of HappinessThis podcast is a firm favorite because it ticks all the boxes.

The production quality is excellent, the topics are interesting (and varied), and the interviews with experts are enjoyable.

This podcast is not solely dedicated to mindfulness, but it touches on a lot of topics and exercises that overlap with mindfulness (e.g., gratitude, mindful breathing exercises, and so forth).

The host of the Science of Happiness is Professor Dachter Keltner, who works at the University of California, Berkeley, and formed the Greater Good Science Centre.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Three good things

 

4. Mindful Mama – Parenting with Mindfulness

Mindful Mama PodcastDon’t let the title of the podcast turn you off: This podcast applies to any parent regardless of their gender. The host, Hunter Clarke-Fields, explores various topics that are relevant to parents today, for example:

  • How to spend more meaningful time with your children
  • How to tackle different punishment styles
  • How to address difficult topics (e.g., facial injustice).

Some of the earlier episodes begin with a 5-minute meditation, followed by a discussion on the particular episode topic.

Recommended episode to get you started:

 

5. Practicing Human

Practicing HumanThe name of this podcast: Practicing Human is so clever – a play on the idea that the host and its listeners are humans who practice (mindfulness), but also that we are practicing what it means to be human.

Cory Muscara is the host of this podcast and is well-versed in mindfulness and meditation. Based on his biography, he lived in silence for six months and mediated for more than 14 hours per day.

In Practicing Human, he offers tips and tools to help navigate pitfalls in our lives, for example, work burnout, lack of confidence, poor sleep, and many more. This podcast is down-to-earth, the advice is practical and easy to implement, and the episodes are short. He’s very industrious: A new episode is released every 2-3 days, and sometimes daily.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • “Seeing” Meditation.

 

Four Helpful Podcasts For Coping with Anxiety

One benefit of mindfulness is that it results in reduced severity of symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you are interested in pursuing mindfulness for this reason, then you might be interested in the following podcasts that address a variety of methods of coping with anxiety.

The podcasts are not listed in any specific order; however, in the first list, podcast channels that target anxiety specifically are listed, whereas, in the second list, only episodes that deal with anxiety. These episodes belong to podcasts that may not focus on only anxiety, and some of these episodes belong to podcasts mentioned previously.

 

Four Podcasts for Coping with Anxiety

1. Anxiety Slayer

Anxiety SlayerThe first podcast worth recommending is Anxiety Slayer with Shann and Ananga.

The title is admittedly quite epic – and gives little doubt about the intention of this podcast – but don’t dismiss it just yet. In each episode, the hosts, Shann Vander Leek and Ananga Sivyer, discuss a different topic and are joined by specialists/clinicians who share their experience and knowledge.

The episodes are of a reasonable length (e.g., shorter than 30 minutes) and easy to fit into your day. One aspect of this podcast worth highlighting is that it is very active, and a new episode is released frequently.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Four gentle ways to support yourself when anxiety flares up

 

2. The Anxiety Coaches Podcast

The Anxiety Coaches PodcastThe Anxiety Coaches Podcast with Gina Ryan deals with topics surrounding anxiety, panic, and PTSD.

The topics are quite varied. Some episodes deal with psychological topics, whereas others look at natural health and medicine. This podcast might not appeal to everyone, but it is still worth listening to, primarily because of the variety of topics.

Gina’s voice is quite soothing, which adds to the appeal and seems fitting for a podcast combatting anxiety.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • 7 Easy practices to quiet your anxiety

 

3. The Anxiety Guru Show

The Anxiety Guru ShowThe Anxiety Guru Show with Paul Dooley is so slick and well-put-together, and of such high quality – you can tell that the production team is top-notch.

Paul Dooley has a down-to-earth, matter-of-fact approach to dealing with anxiety. Like Kimberley Quinlan, Paul is a clinician, and for that reason, can be trusted with his insights.

The podcast has been running since 2014, and the episodes are approximately 30 minutes long. This podcast is better suited for work or school commute, rather than a five minute morning routine.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • 5 ways to manage anxiety-related irritability

 

4. GoZen! Anxiety Relief for Kids

GoZen! Anxiety Relief for Kids is a bit different from the podcasts recommended so far. This podcast addresses how to address anxiety experienced by children. Some of the episodes in this podcast center on topics familiar to anyone who follows PositivePsychology.com, for example, meditation and mindfulness.

The quality of the episodes is excellent, and the podcasts are short. Unfortunately, there are only seven episodes, and the podcast was discontinued in 2015; however, the episodes remain relevant.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Meditation: Loving-kindness for stress relief

 

5. Six episodes for coping with anxiety

From the podcasts recommended in the Mindfulness section of this post, a few specific episodes tackle anxiety specifically.

There are many episodes in the Mindfulness for Beginners podcast that deals with events that induce anxiety. Here are a few that could be useful:

Tyler Brown from Wake Me Up has the following useful episodes:

 

Five Popular Podcasts

Unlike the previous section where podcasts were evaluated based on the content of their episodes, in this section, the criterion used is the popularity of these podcast channels. To construct this list, Chartable was used, which ranks podcasts across multiple apps.

Not all of the podcasts listed here are focussed on mindfulness meditation only; however, the golden thread that connects them is their focus on positivity, mindfulness, health, and behavior.

1. 10 Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Ten Percent HappierThe book 10% Happier by Dan Harris (Harris, 2014) is highly recommended, and for that reason, his podcast of the name same, 10 Percent Happier, is mentioned here. The podcast is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, based on 7 983 reviews, and is listed in the Top 10 of the ‘Lifestyle and Health Top Shows’ listed on the Stitcher app.

Dan Harris was a news reporter who experienced a panic attack while live on television; afterward, in his quest to figure out what went wrong, he stumbled on meditation.

His thoughts are refreshing, and he’s refreshingly like the rest of us: Sceptical, has a ‘normal’ life (i.e., he is busy, has a career, has a family), and he does not profess to be an enlightened being who has somehow transcended the worries and activities of everyday life.

His podcast is excellent and highly recommend to anyone interested in happiness. Some of the podcasts are very Buddhism-oriented, but there are quite a few that deal with anxiety, meditation, and mindfulness in more general terms.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Guided Meditation: ‘Simply begin again.’

 

2. Optimal Living Daily: Personal Development & Minimalism

Optimal Living DailyThe Optimal Living Daily Podcast comprises six different channels, each looking at a different aspect of life (e.g., business, finance, and so forth).

Of these six channels, the Personal Development & Minimalism is highly rated (4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 3 566 reviews). With the guidance of the host, Justin Malik, listeners will explore various topics that touch on how to improve mindset, productivity, and minimalism. So far, there are more than 1 000 episodes.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • 1663: Meditation: Make It What You Want It To Be – A Personal Experience of Meditation by Amy Pawlukiewicz

 

3. Mindful in Minutes

Mindful in MinutesThis podcast by Kelly Smith radiates calm and balance through its focus on mindfulness and yoga.

This podcast is the right pick for you if you’re looking for practical episodes: She guides her listeners through different types of meditation and yoga episodes, and there is enough variety that you won’t get bored.

On average, Mindful in Minutes is rated 4.8/5 stars.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Mindful Morning Meditation

 

4. Mindfulness+

Mindfulness PlusMindfulness+ by Thomas McConkie is very well-received by reviewers (4.9/5 stars), and the reviews are glowing.

To date, there are four seasons, and new episodes are published every few weeks.

Thomas McConkie does an excellent job of balancing science with practice, by presenting a mix of theoretical, thoughtful lessons and guided meditations.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • S02 Wandering Mind, Unhappy Mind

 

5. The Overwhelmed Brain

The Overwhelmed BrainIn this podcast, the host, Paul Colaianni, explores many of the everyday stressors that drag us down (e.g., anxiety, fear, relationship problems), and through this exploration, he presents his listeners with tools that will help them.

The ultimate focus of this podcast is to change our behavior, make better decisions, and adopt better habits so that we better protected from the things in our lives that overwhelm us and sap our energy.

The episodes in this podcast are on the longer side (e.g., > 50 minutes), so make sure that you have some extra time available when you start.

Recommended episode to get you started:

  • Episode 66: A Practice in Mindfulness

 

A Look at the PositivePsychology.com Podcast

The final podcast we recommend is our own: the PositivePsychology.com podcast, hosted by Hugo Alberts and Seph Fontane Pennock.

Seph Fontane Pennock is an entrepreneur who uses positive psychology in his everyday life. Hugo Alberts has a doctorate in psychology and currently works as a researcher specializing in positive psychology.

Together Seph Pennock and Hugo Alberts teamed up to create PositivePsychology.com in its current form. In the podcasts, the hosts either discuss a specific topic with each other or invite a guest speaker to join them. The discussions are relaxed and accessible because the hosts and guests often share their personal experiences.

So far, there are seven episodes available, and each episode is between 30 minutes and 60 minutes long. This podcast is a good choice for longer commutes and gives you another way to connect with the PositivePsychology.com team.

 

A Take-Home Message

There is no way to be bored with over 20 recommend podcasts listed in this post.

Some of the podcasts are dedicated to these topics entirely. In contrast, other podcasts take a more general approach and look at various topics of psychological significance, including but not limited to mindfulness meditation and anxiety.

Lastly, our in-house podcast, the PositivePsychology.com Podcast is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to learn more directly from Seph Fontane Pennock and Hugo Alberts.

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our three Mindfulness Exercises for free.

If you wish to learn more, Mindfulness X© is our 8-module mindfulness training package for practitioners which contains all the materials you’ll need to not only enhance your mindfulness skills but also learn how to deliver a science-based mindfulness training to your clients, students, or employees.

  • Chaskalson, M. (2014). Mindfulness in Eight Weeks: The revolutionary 8-week plan to clear your mind and calm your life. Harper Thorsons
  • Harris, D. (2014). 10% happier: How I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works — A true story. Hachette UK.

About the Author

Alicia Nortje, Ph.D. is a research fellow at the University of Cape Town, where she is involved in multiple projects investigating eyewitness memory and face recognition. She’s highly skilled in research design, data analysis, and critical thinking. When she’s not working, she indulges in running on the road or the trails, and enjoys cooking.

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  1. Magdalena Geissler

    My favorite is Radio Headspace!

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