Last post, I wrote a little bit about happiness and how one of my favourite podcasts helped me know more about myself and, as a result, come to accept myself a little bit more.
This week, I got to thinking how podcasts (and good radio) carry such potential to help us be happy in our daily lives, come to know ourselves, help us feel we are not alone, and learn about others and the world around us. When I was on the cusp of adulthood in my early twenties, I remember listening to the CBC show Ideas while driving home in the dark and feeling somehow ethereal and somehow part of a shared and cozy humanity--that there were others out there listening to the voices in the wilderness, too.
Light years later, I've discovered podcasts, and while I try not to multi-task too much, I love listening to them while working in the yard or especially while grocery shopping because it makes me feel so much more human and alive than proceeding through the endless assembly line of consumption.
My favourite podcast is called On Being, where host/interviewer Krista Tippet interviews anyone from quantum physicists to poets to activists to musicians on what it is to be, to question, to wonder, and to truly talk to each other on this earth.
A few days ago, I listened to Invisibilia, a show about the invisible forces that make up our daily life. This season, they are focusing on "concepts," the first being a radical retake on how emotions are made.
And on my must-listen-to list is the Metta Hour, with meditation guru Sharon Salzberg.
What do you listen to? What podcasts inspire you? Why?