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Research Guides

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Wellness

A guide that outlines various sources in the areas of mindfulness, meditation, and stress management.

Resources for Mindfulness and Meditation

Live/Nature Cams and Soundscapes

Soundscapes Collection - UTSC Library 

Sounds of the Forest - collection of sounds of woodlands and forests from all around the world, creating a growing soundmap bringing together aural tones and textures from the world’s woodlands.

Explore Live Cams - explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, explore creates a portal into the soul of humanity by championing the selfless acts of others.

 

Podcasts

       Mental Health category podcasts. 

  • Radio Headspace -Take a few moments to step out of the internal chatter and external noise. We'll pause and reflect to consider what brings us together in this shared human condition and how we can live a life that best reflects our limitless potential. 

  • Therapy for Black Girls - The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. Join your host, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, as she offers practical tips and strategies to improve your mental health, discusses the latest news and trends in mental health, pulls back the curtain on what happens in therapy sessions, and answers your listener questions. 

  • The Science of Happiness - 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. 

  • Wake me up - The guided morning routines get you out of bed, calm your mind, and start your day in the best possible way. Episodes incorporate mindfulness, meditation, motivation, and other scientifically supported methods for mental health and well-being. Subscribe now, so you never miss a great day! 

  • The Rubin Museum: Mindfulness Meditation 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. 

  • Mindfulness for Beginners - 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. 

  • The Positive Psychology Podcast - The positive psychology podcast brings the science of the good life to your earbuds. It's not all tree hugger style though; sometimes we might get quite serious, for example when exploring things like post-traumatic growth or positive parenting. Subscribe if you want to benefit from the scientific insights into happiness and meaning while you are on the go. 

  • Mindful in Minutes - 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 Being with Krista Tippett - A Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. 

  • UCLA Meditation at The Hammer - This podcast, led by Diana Winston, features different themes each week. Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at MARC. Her knowledge in the field of meditation has inspired listeners to tune into her podcast to hear her guided meditations and lessons for new life practices. 

  • Audio Dharma - This is a great podcast if you are focused more on Buddhism than anything else. Gil Fronsdal, along with other guest speakers, talks at the Insight Meditation Center and airs it on this podcast for the public to hear.  Each session focuses on different aspects of Buddha's teachings, with the purpose being the same that the Buddha had for his own teachings (to guide listeners to the end of suffering and help people attain freedom). 

  • Meditation in the City  - This meditation podcast works to extinguish various myths about meditation and seeks to replace them with down-to-earth, relevant teachings that are able to show listeners how meditation can benefit everyone on a daily basis. This podcast is created in New York by the Shambhala Meditation Center and is updated each weekend. This might be the right podcast for you if you find traditional meditation to be a bit boring. There is some excitement in this podcast, with fun and flair that sets it apart from others. 

  • Meditation Minis - These short meditations, hosted by Chel Hamilton, give the listener all the tools that are needed to help find peace, focus, and calm. The guided meditations are great for people who are on the go or do not have a lot of time each day to devote to their meditation practices. They help relieve anxiety, overcome negative thoughts, and increase confidence in a short 10- to 15-minute session. This is great for people who are looking to practice meditation without doing it in a religious way. 

  • Sleep with Me - Are you one of many people who find it difficult to sleep at night? This podcast might be the answer to your dilemma. Its tagline is “The podcast that puts you to sleep,” and the show’s creators mean that in a good way. Host Drew Ackerman, aka Scooter, tells extremely boring stories on purpose. The effect is both hilarious and soporific. 

  • Meditation for Fitness - Phil Stolaronek initially created this podcast for his fitness friends who are interested in meditation and mindfulness, but who couldn’t find any relevant resources. His main aim is for this podcast to become a bridge between fitness and mindfulness. 

  • The Habit Coach - If you need encouragement to make permanent changes in your life, then The Habit Coach With Ashdin Doctor is for you. Each episode is centered around tips and motivation that encourage you to create new habits that impact your daily life. Host Ashdin Doctor covers topics like nutrition, fitness, health, sleep, and productivity. And the best part? The majority of the episodes are less than 10-minutes long. 

  • Savage Lovecast - When it comes to talking about sex, Dan Savage leaves nothing off the table. And we mean nothing! In his long-running, incredibly popular podcast, Savage Lovecast, Savage, answers the most intimate questions about love, sex, and relationships. Plus, listeners can call in their most-burning questions for Dan to answer in a later podcast.   

  • Balanced Black Girl - A grounded and uplifting take on self-care topics especially for women of color.  (Tucker, A., Boyce, B., & Domet, S. (2020, Fall). Podcast Reviews. Mindful, p. 69) 

  • Motivation for Black People - Justin Michael Williams is an iTunes top 20 recording artist, inspirational entertainer, and the Founder of Motivation for Black People. As a child, growing up in a poor neighborhood amongst violence and abuse, the heroes who inspired Justin were often people who he had never met. With these audio guides, he hopes to introduce you to people you may not know. In sharing their stories, his goal is to help others wake up to their own life’s purpose, step into their greatness, and break the generational patterns of oppression that have held our people back for too long. 

  • Checking in with Susan David - Fear, boredom, grief, confusion—we're all feeling ... a lot right now. How do we cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic? Susan David—a psychologist at Harvard Medical School—is here to offer us strategies. This show is an urgent response to an urgent moment—a support system, toolkit, and understanding voice during a time of great uncertainty. 

  • Other People’s Problems - Real people. Real problems. Real talk. Normally, therapy sessions are totally confidential -- but this podcast opens the doors. Hillary McBride and her clients want to help demystify mental health. No actors. No auditions. No artifice.  

  • Emotional Badass