The ones I find myself referring to the most.
In no particular order . . .
CBC Tapestry – A radio show featuring discussions about what it means to be human, why we are here, and how to live while we are here. The host, Mary Hynes, features a new guest every week and tries to learn from their experiences and expertise. My favorite episode is an interview with Father Laurence Freeman, about Finding The Time To Not Be Busy.
Star Talk Radio – This is astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s podcast. With a slice of humor, Tyson and a rotating cast of co-host/comedians (and occasionally Bill Nye the Science Guy) talk about the mysteries of the universe and other topics of science. Tyson regularly answers questions from listeners, with no preparation. There’s always something to learn when listening to this show. It often opens my eyes to the vastness of the universe and how small we are in it.
Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations – The blog of Franciscan friar Richard Rohr, who writes a lot about non-dualism and contemplation. His words help lead me to quiet my mind and reconnect with my true self — the me that is beyond the chatter in my mind. The me that is one with God in spirit. Rohr is a rare clergyman who actually understands what Jesus really taught.
Seth’s Blog – A daily blog by marketing expert Seth Godin. Seth is more than a marketer. He possesses keen insight into human psychology and his words often contain a message of authenticity, simplicity, and optimism for the future. Seth often writes abstractly and metaphorically and has an ability to say a lot with as few words as possible. Here is a recent favorite of mine. I also enjoyed this interview.
Zen Habits – A blog started by a government employee living on the tiny island of Guam. Like Seth’s blog, it has become one of the most read in the world. The writer, Leo Babauta, writes about mindfulness, minimalism, compassion, and simple daily habits to help readers accomplish more with the time they have. One of my favorite posts from this blog: The Parent I Aspire to Be.
The Rational Optimist – A blog by journalist and author Matt Ridley. It’s based on his book by the same name. Ridley regularly writes about how the world is not getting worse, as many people believe it is, but is actually getting a lot better.
Steve Maxwell – Maxwell, in his 60’s, is one of the top fitness and lifestyle coaches in the U.S. He’s a minimalist and a BJJ black belt, who lives out of his backpack while traveling the world doing fitness and self-defense seminars year round. There’s always something to learn from his unique perspective and experiences, which he shares in his blog, on YouTube, and as a guest on various podcasts.
Warren Buffett’s Shareholder Letters – I respect Buffett for his contrarian approach to investing. His letters to company shareholders are packed with decades of wisdom. Letters dating back to 1977 can be read on Berkshire Hathaway’s website, for free. He has also done a lot of interviews and other speaking engagements. Here is the one I’ve listened to the most (this way of thinking applies to more than just investing). Buffett’s business partner Charlie Munger is also a good source for words of wisdom.
Peace Is Every Step – a great book which will bring you instant peace. It’s written by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Hanh was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King. Hanh guides the reader to be more mindful — to quiet the mind and the emotions and live more in the present moment and to find compassion for others. It’s the ultimate light read.
The Bible – Mainly Jesus and the Apostle Paul. There’s a lot in the Bible to confuse you and some of it is not true, as biblical scholar Bart Ehrman has written about in his book Forged. But I cannot deny that the Bible contains a lot of truth. Jesus and Paul implore others to live humbly, to love others as yourself and to be at peace. They do this by pointing you toward God’s presence within you. Steve McVey wrote a good book about what he thinks the New Testament is about in Grace Walk.
Tao Te Ching – This book is accredited to a legendary Chinese philosopher named Lao Tzu. His words will help you untangle your thoughts and look at life from a distance and see that much of what we fret over is a creation of our own imagination.