3 Mind-Provoking Podcasts

As promised from my last post, I always have a list of podcasts that I love to listen to along with having my go-to reading books next to my bed. I find that each podcast or TED Talk that I choose speaks to me in a specific way. I seem to find a message that pertains to my own life that I can actually bring into any present situation, obstacle, or teaching that resonates with me or a client.

As you may know, I’m studying at the Functional Medicine Academy where 50% of the curriculum is based on Positive Psychology. What the heck does that mean? Well, to put it very simply, with functional medicine, the coach and student work together to navigate your top character strengths. Once we have the character strengths, we work on how we use them in everyday life whether that is in relationships, nutrition, career, physical movement, or spirituality.

Most of us look at what we’re deficient in, what we feel less in, or what we feel ineffective in. That leads directly to self-sabotage, low self-esteem, and an array of below the midline thoughts and feelings. In other words, we’re focusing only on the negatives! Positive Psychology focuses on the positives.

So how do I follow through on the lessons that I teach? That’s a question many of my clients ask me, and my answer is always the same. I use techniques to build on what I’m good at or uncover what I’m brilliant in and nourished by. This is also what I teach my clients.

When I started to engage in a practice of self-nourishment rather than self-sabotage, I began to experiment with many tools like:

  • Journaling
  • Lighting candles every morning
  • Taking detox baths
  • Reading inspiring books
  • Listening to podcasts and TED Talks

With that said, I want to share three of my favorite podcasts and TED Talks that helped me as I began to build my foundation of Positive Psychology. In other words, these talks and podcasts help you build on what is good whether or not obstacles are in your vision or in the past.

1. SuperSoul Session

In SuperSoul Session, Cheryl Strayed shares her journey from believing she was an absolute failure to becoming a best-selling author. Cheryl’s honesty and humor make this a must-listen!

2. The Power of Vulnerability

In The Power of Vulnerability, Brene Brown (a vulnerability researcher) discusses human connections and how we empathize, belong, and love. Using information from her studies on vulnerability, shame, courage, and authenticity, Brene will help you better understand yourself and others. There is a reason why nearly 30 million people have listened to this TED Talks presentation!

3. How to Gain Control of Your Free Time

In How to Gain Control of Your Free Time, time management consultant Laura Vanderkam shares specific strategies to regain time in your week no matter how busy you are. The goal is to recover time to do the things that matter to you. I love this TED Talk because Laura shows that there really is enough time in the week to find balance and be happy.

Time to Start Listening

I want you to take your time to watch/listen to these podcasts and TED Talks. Now, I know your next question is probably, “But Jen, when do I listen? I’m so busy!” First, start by listening to TED Talk #3 above, How to Gain Control of Your Free Time!

Don’t worry. I’m not going to leave you there! Here are some tips to fit these mind-provoking podcasts and TED Talks into your day. Listen when:

  • Your kids are asleep
  • First thing in the morning when it’s quiet (use these as meditations)
  • Before bed
  • On the train
  • While you’re in the car (just download and take them with you)

Once you listen, don’t forget to tell me what you think! Come back to this post and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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