Favorite Meditation Podcasts for Busy People

Honestly, I used to think that I would be the world’s worst meditator. Is that a word? Meditation practitioner? Anyway, the thought of sitting still for an hour, or 20 minutes, or even five minutes sent me into a panic. I can barely sit still through the first 10 minutes of a movie, and that’s when I’m being entertained. How could I possibly sit with my own thoughts?

I had a therapist once who, as an exercise, wanted me to sit with my thoughts, without any distractions, for 15 minutes a week. You see, I am a master distraction artist.  TV, books, magazines, movies, I can distract myself through any kind of crisis, as long as it means I don’t have to cope with my feelings.

Meditations for Busy People - Beauty Chaos

Enter the age of apps and podcasts.  I admit I came very late to the podcast game, but I’ve been devouring them since introduction.  My favorites are true crime and mystery…and meditation.

Now, since we live in an age where information is consumed in bite sized morsels and the pace of the world moves faster and faster, I started coming across more and more articles on meditation. Meditation for weight loss; for insomnia; for manifesting.  It seems there is something for everyone.

Favorite Meditation Podcasts for Busy People

So I decided to start exploring.  I found a few meditation apps through the app store and tried those, but most of them either required in app purchases or were very long meditations (40 minutes plus).  So on a whim one day, I decided to do a search in my podcast app, and was I pleasantly surprised.

Not only were the meditation podcasts choices plentiful, but there were many available that offered short, manageable meditations, ranging from 5 to 20 minutes in length.  I started picking one meditation to do per day, depending on my mood.  Then, I decided that starting my morning with meditation and maybe some journaling was a good idea.  So I found a couple of 4-minute morning meditations to start my days off right.

And you know what?  I actually started to feel a difference.  I could feel myself getting less worked up about little things, like being cut off in traffic, or some perceived slight at work that I normally would have exploded at.  And I started to enjoy the feeling of…peace.

So here’s my list of my favorite meditation podcasts for busy people.  These are just the ones I’m subscribed to; I’m sure there are plenty of others out there, and I welcome any suggestions!

Meditation Oasis

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Meditation Oasis by Mary and Richard Maddux has a great variety of sessions with an without music.  According to their description, they are, “Meditations to help you relax deeply, be more present and flow more easily with life.”  There are also instruction sessions in their podcasts on how to do meditations on your own.

One of my favorites, when I have the time, is the Morning Energy Meditation.  This one is 17 minutes long, so a bit lengthier than I normally prefer, but thorough  and energizing.  I also enjoy the Body Awareness Meditation.  I like to use this one for Shavasana after my Do Yoga With Me sessions.

Meditation Minis Podcast

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Meditation Minis is hosted by Hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton.  These meditations are, “mind-shifting mini meditations to calm your anxiety, overcome negative thinking, and increase your confidence in 10(ish) minutes or less.”    Chel’s soothing voice flows gently through these short meditations, soothing the soul and preparing you to tackle the rest of your day.

For Meditation Minis, I love the Energizing Meditation by the Sea.  Accompanied by ocean sounds in the background, this meditation is great for clarity, energy, and generally a more positive outlook on your day.  I also love the Finding Your Purpose meditation.  If I’m ever feeling lost, or like a failure, this meditation helps center and calm me.

Guided Meditations
Guided Meditations - Meditation Podcasts for Busy People
Guided Meditations

One Mind Dharma has a great meditation podcast simply titled Guided Meditations.  Some of these are slightly longer, in the 25-minute realm, but if you have the time, they’re wonderful.  Guided Meditations podcast “covers a variety of Buddhist topics including mindfulness, compassion, concentration, and more.”

I particularly enjoy the Mindfulness meditations, of which there are several.  These meditations are great for centering yourself when feeling overwhelmed or chaotic.

Meditation Station by Stin Hansen
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Meditation Station by Stin Hansen

Stin Hansen’s station has a fantastic variety of short podcasts, designed for anything from destressing to focus to finding stillness.  The description reads, “These regular meditations are designed to turn your desires into reality and still some of the craziness.”

Meditation Station has lots of options under 10 minutes.  There are a couple of morning meditations, Morning Rejuvination and Good Morning, Sunshine, that are each 4 minutes long and really set a good start to my day.

So whether you’re looking to relax, energize, lose weight, manage pain, and a host of other things, these meditations have a little something for everyone.  With some clocking in at less than 10 minutes, it’s easy to simply pop in some earbuds and take a mini break.  The longer podcasts are great for a lazy weekend afternoon that needs some centering.

Have a meditation you love?  Tell me about it! Leave me a comment or message me here.

 

42 Comments

  1. ERFmama July 4, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks so much for this! 🙂
    I had no idea this even existed!! 😮 x
    #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Amy July 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      They are truly a lifesaver! Some of the meditations are only about 4 minutes long, which is perfect if you just need a quick break.

  2. Alyssa July 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing these, Amy! I listen to Podcasts every morning while I’m getting ready for work and having my morning cup of coffee. I didn’t even realize there were Meditation Podcasts. I definitely need to try this – I too am a master distraction artist lol. I like that some of them just have mini sessions to get you started.

    1. Amy July 4, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      I listen to podcasts constantly! My husband thinks I’m totally insane. But the meditation ones are so great for taking little breaks during the day, especially when it’s a particularly hectic one. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Sese July 5, 2017 at 2:31 am

    i should start listening to podcasts and even meditating, i could use some calm in my storms and it seems this will be a good idea.a very nice read

    1. Amy July 5, 2017 at 9:31 am

      I’m a very high strung person, and they’ve really helped me. I can feel a difference during the day.

  4. Kala July 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Great post! I started listening to podcasts two years ago and I LOVE them. I’m always looking for new stuff to listen to, so thank you.

    1. Amy July 5, 2017 at 11:47 am

      I’m go glad you found it useful!

  5. blackgirlzen July 5, 2017 at 11:57 am

    I love DoMeYoga and they have the best online yoga classes. I have some on your list but will try the Meditation Oasis.

    1. Amy July 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I’ll have to check them out! Is it a free site or is there a subscription fee?

  6. Ngumabi July 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I had no idea about meditation apps
    Meditation for weight loss? Wow, I need to try that!
    Thanks so much for sharing this!

    1. Amy July 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I love the meditation for weight loss ones! I swear I can feel a difference in my relationship with food (which is complicated to begin with) when I’m listening to them regularly.

  7. raquel July 5, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    These are some great tips! I love meditation, live by it. I’ll have to try some of these tips out

    1. Amy July 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      They’re really good podcasts. I’m sure there are other great ones out there, but these are my favorites.

  8. Adaleta July 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Meditation is amazing! It really helps keep my life balanced and calm

    1. Amy July 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      I don’t know what I did without it for so many years.

  9. Sylvie Hanes July 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve been meditating for many years, and for me, music just distract unless the dogs are barking outside, then music is perfect. I will check out your choices! Thanks for sharing

    1. Amy July 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Some of the choices don’t have music, but are guided. I prefer those as well.

  10. Tanvi Rastogi July 6, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Thank you for these recommendations. I had no idea about these. I must check them out.

    1. Amy July 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Please do! They’re wonderful. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Shirin July 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I like listening to meditation videos on YouTube, but I didn’t even realize meditation podcasts exist! I gotta check these out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amy July 6, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      You should! They’re awesome!

  12. Betty July 6, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Can’t wait to try the recomendations

    1. Amy July 6, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      They’re great!

  13. Jen July 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’ve been experimenting with guided meditations and would love to incorporate it into my daily schedule!

    1. Amy July 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      These are amazing, because it’s hard to justify skipping a 4 minute session, you know? Thanks for stopping in!

  14. Elisabet M. Rinne July 6, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the amazing tips! 🙂
    Elisabet

    1. Amy July 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      You’re welcome!

  15. Moew July 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I love that we live in an age where the things we need can be right at our finger tips! Instead of listening to the radio on my drive to work, lately I’ve been listening to a lot of spiritual & inspirational podcasts. I never thought i was a podcast person..but there are so many to choose from! It’s so great!

    1. Amy July 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      It hasn’t been long since I discovered podcasts, and I’ve been devouring them ever since. I love them!

  16. Ken Bluttman July 8, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Thanks! Having breaks from the daily running around is so helpful. I have a set of meditations I listen too, and now of more!

  17. Heather LeGuilloux July 8, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This is an amazing list of meditation podcasts! Do you also have the links available?

    1. Amy July 8, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Since they’re podcasts, you’ll have to find them through a podcast app.

  18. Michelle July 8, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    I love that some of these are short. I like to meditate but can’t forget about what’s going on around me for too long

    1. Amy July 9, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Me too. That’s why I like the shorter ones. There’s a couple “good morning” podcasts that are only 4 minutes long that I try to do every day when I wake up – it’s hard to justify skipping 4 minutes 🙂

  19. Chloe Crabtree July 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Too busy? Yep, that is me! I will have to try these! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story, I think this was meant to be shared for me to discover this week!

    1. Amy July 9, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      So glad I found you! Yes, give them a try, they’re wonderful

  20. April J Harris July 10, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’m just discovering podcasts as well. I do think a meditation practice would be beneficial to me so I look forward to checking out your recommendations. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

    1. Amy July 10, 2017 at 7:50 am

      I can’t believe how long it took me to discover podcasts. Honestly, I was way behind the curve. Now I just devour them!

  21. Lacey July 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Podcasts are a game changer! I no longer listen to music in the car anymore… podcasts only! From healthy living, finance, blogging, photography, all of it!

    1. Amy July 10, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Me too! I’m always listening to podcasts in the car, and I spend a LOT of time in the car.

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