If you're like me, listening to the radio or reading your Facebook feed is getting harder these days. Between violence, politics and climate news, it can get painful and overwhelming to hear so many negative story lines. While it's important to be informed and active in our communities, it's also critical to take breaks and limit exposure when it becomes too much.
Setting healthy boundaries on your intake of popular media is the first step. Then, you'll want to find alternative media that nourishes, inspires and gives you hope. Think about the media you consume as food for your mind. What type of meals would you serve up if you knew they would effect your thoughts and energy throughout the day? What types of media give you strength to make the changes you'd like to see in our own life and in your community?
Here are some gems I've found to help balance out your media diet:
Dream Freedom Beauty - This is currently my #1 favorite podcast in which host Natalie Ross explores nature, intuition and spirit with a unique mix of practicality, reverence and humor. If you've ever felt alone in your magical or witchy ways, look no further than this wonderful weekly show! Her conversation with Milla Prince (@thewomanwhomarriedabear) is a gem.
OnBeing - Krista Tippet's soothing voice and brilliant inquiry into the nature of being has always been a treat. I love to listen on Sunday mornings while preparing food. Her guests range from religious leaders to scientists and artists who speak about their relationship to the sacred, approaches to mindfulness and wisdom gained from life experience. Krista's interview with renowned Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, "Being Peace in a World of Trauma" is one of my favorite episodes.
Bioneers - This inspiring podcast features practical solutions to the world's most pressing problems from innovators, scientists, indigenous elders and community leaders who are inspired by nature. Their one-hour special "Leading from the Feminine: Keepers of the Cradle of Life" is especially moving and eye-opening.
For the Wild - This radio program hosted by Ayana Young covers critical ideas and actions for the defense and regeneration of natural communities. Her two-part interview series with Lyla June is one of the most poignant commentaries on love, forgiveness, identity and the sacred that I've ever heard.
MoonWise - I'm so excited to announce that we will be launching our very own podcast featuring conversations with women of power. Our monthly show will be released each new moon with an astrological forecast for the month plus an interview about natural approaches to self care, women's health and creativity. Our guests are wisdom keepers, artists, mothers and leaders who are ushering in a new era of feminine wisdom in their own lives and in the world. This monthly audio offering will help you tune into nature's rhythms and celebrate your cycle. Stay tuned for our first episode release on the new moon in July!
Spiritual Ecology - Stories that unite spiritual values with societal and environmental change.
Dreamwork with Toko-pa - Daily insights, inspirational writing & tools focused on healing personal & ancestral trauma, reconciling paradox, and facilitating sacred grief & ritual practices.
Invoke Magazine - Articles that uplift, empower and connect women along with weekly practices and monthly writing circles.
Indigenous Rising Media - Updates on the global movement of indigenous people rising up to fight for environmental justice.
Alya Nereo - The moment I first heard Alya's album "Code of the Flowers," I knew that she was deeply connected to nature and that her music was healing on many levels. I especially love her song "Whispers" in which she calls to the trees for guidance and they answer back with a beautiful and haunting message about resilience.
Sophie Cooper - Sophie is a dedicated weaver of sacred song and community with connections to vocal traditions around the world. Her gorgeous first album Rewilding is full of transformative sounds.