Podcast Selections: Spirituality and Growth

Podcasts can push us to our edges of wisdom, insight and growth. Spiritual practice and personal growth are essential for becoming the greatest humans we can be, and gaining the perspectives and insights of masters is invaluable. I am showcasing the four podcasts that I return to week after week to challenge me to grow.

Brian Johnson‘s Philosophers Notes challenges us to “get our wisdom on” and engage in building the best lives we can. Each episode is a very short overview of a key insight from one of the best books on spiritual and personal development. The Big Ideas he shares several times each week are immediately useful in our growth. Philosophers Notes also exists as a premium site delivering excellent summaries of “life-changing Big Ideas” from the best books in the self-development field.

Philsophers Notes brings insights from a staggering number of great minds, including Abraham Maslow, Krishnamurti, Shawn Phillips, Osho, Tony Robbins, Ken Wilber, Andrew Cohen, Stephen R. Covey, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Eric Butterworth, Martin Seligman, James Allen, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Buddha, Any Rand, Seneca, David Deida, George Leonard, Marcus Aurelius, Joseph Campbell, Russell Simmons, Esther & Jerry Hicks, Robin Sharma, Gay & Katie Hendricks, Dan Milman, Nathaniel Branden, Dennis Genpo Merzel, Michael Beckwith and Lao Tzu.

Brian Johnson nets out the great lessons of humanity for you by synthesizing the latest books on human potential, philosophy and life-empowerment. Get key takeaways, 3 times a week, in synopsis form.

Join Brian as he goes straight to the “big ideas” from the world’s great personal development teachers including: Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Abraham-Hicks, Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Dan Millman, Paulo Coelho, Nietzsche, Rumi, Ayn Rand, Joseph Campbell, Marcus Aurelius, Abraham Maslow and Napoleon Hill.

Get your wisdom on with PhilosophersNotes as you tap into inspiration on everything from discovering (and living!) your purpose, tapping into the laws of affluence and spiritual economics, mastering your time management skills, nurturing your relationships, optimizing your health and fitness and pushing through fears to live your greatest life.

“Brian Johnson is a national and international treasure, and his consciousness is a gift to us all. I’m delighted that his new service, PhilosophersNotes, is having such a large global impact. It’s rare to discover a service that springs directly from the creator’s genius, and rarer still to find something so useful that makes life richer and simpler. I encourage you to subscribe to PhilosophersNotes and tune to Brian’s frequency.” ~Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., Author of “Five Wishes”; Co-Author, with Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, of “Conscious Loving”

Insights at the Edge
In Sounds True: Insights at the Edge, Tami Simon interviews teachers of spirituality and growth to illuminate their most challenging and emerging work. Tami is known for her excellent interviews, which cut to the heart of spiritual practice and personal growth.

Tami has interviewed Ervin Laszlo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tara Brach, Jack Cornfield, Vivki Robin, Mariana Caplan, Terry Tempest Williams, Bodhipaksa, Rick Jarow, Jeff Klein, Dan Siegel, Cyndi Dale, Richard Mendius, Rick Hanson, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Jim Finley, Reggie Ray, Caroline Myss, Mario Martinez, Judith Orioff, Seane Corn, Nicki Scully, Michael Beckwith, Sharon Salzberg, Linda Howe, Parker Palmer, Geneen Roth, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Carl Johan Calleman, Daniel Pinchbeck, Corinne McLaughlin, Jean Houston, Peter Russell, and John Major Jenkins on her podcast, with many more exciting teachers to come.

Tami Simon, founder and publisher of Sounds True, interviews spiritual teachers, visionary writers, and living luminaries about their newest work and current challenges –the “growing edge” of their inner inquiry and outer contribution to the world.

The founder and publisher of Sounds True, a multimedia spirituality publisher based in Boulder, Colorado, Tami cares passionately about the common path of transformation that that is offered by all of the wisdom traditions of the world.

The New Man challenges men to cultivate the maturity and guts to live up to their potential. Host Tripp Lanier is able to focus his interviews and get to the root of some very juicy topics. Subtitled as “Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp”, the podcast explores a wide range of issues with a sincere concern about what it takes for us to develop the strengths needed to thrive in relationships, work and every other challenge of life.
The New Man has featured, among others, Jayson Gaddis, Siona Van Dijk, Brian Johnson, Kendra Cunov, Vernon Reid, Sera Beak, Yeah Dave Romanelli, Stuart Davis, Shawn Phillips, Jun Po Denis Kelly, Guy Sengstock, Ken Wilber, Robert Augustus Masters, Bill Harris, Kute Blackson and Garrison Cohen.

Introducing The New Man: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp. The New Man Podcast is a 30 minute, interview-style show that’s an entertaining and often humorous way to get real world, practical info on every area of a man’s life. The New Man is where men turn to talk about what really matters.

So, who listens to The New Man?

Guys who want to:

— attract the right woman without playing “Pick Up Artist” games or seduction tricks
— have an exciting sex life and learn how to navigate the sticky world of relationships
— break out of their confining job and do what they love
— quit settling for less, find their purpose and live a passionate life
— get a handle on fear and stop letting their emotions get in the way
— develop the best physical, mental and emotional practices
— live a life with brains, heart and balls

“Through The New Man Podcast we’ve learned that relationships improve, careers improve and general well being improves dramatically for those men who are willing to be honest with themselves and quit settling for less than their potential. And the exploration makes for a fun and entertaining listen, too,” says New Man host, Tripp Lanier.

Buddhist Geeks

Every Monday Vince Horn turns the dharma up to 11! Buddhist Geeks presents excellent episodes exploring Western Buddhism through diverse perspectives. Practitioners at the leading edge of Buddhist thought share insights and engage in exciting, challenging and entertaining discussions about Buddhism’s past, present and future.
The esteemed guests of Buddhist Geeks have included Ken Wilber, Tami Simon, Vidyuddeva, Susan Blackmore, Shinzen Young, Jun Po Denis Kelly, Stuart Davis, Nova Spivack, Susan Piver, Dennis Genpo Merzel, Brad Warner, Hokai Sobol, Sharon Salzberg, Daniel Ingram, Alan Wallace, and Diane Hamilton.

If you’re trying to find your way as a young twenty-first-century Buddhist, don’t miss this funny, sincere, NPR-esque podcast by three Gen-Y geeks from Boulder.
– EnlightenNext Magazine

Buddhist Geeks is a weekly audio show that presents groundbreaking interviews and discussions with Buddhist teachers, scholars, and advanced practitioners. Combining ancient wisdom with modern technology, Buddhist Geeks aims to catalyze a community of practitioners committed to awakening. Discover the emerging face of Western Buddhism.

Everything on Buddhist Geeks is tied to awakening and to real practice. The “Geeks” don’t want to “talk dharma” for the sake of flapping their gums and making themselves feel good. They want people to benefit concretely from the podcast, to be inspired in their practice, and to have humor while they go about the path.

The Buddhist Geek’s conversations are with teachers, scholars, and practitioners at the leading edge of Buddhism in the West, as are the show’s listeners.

I’m always open for new avenues of growth, so if you have any podcast suggestions for me, please leave a comment. I’ll be sure to share anything I fall in love with in future entries and through my lifestream.

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