A couple weeks ago, I published an article recommending my favorite wellness podcasts. Since then, it has come to my attention that the woman behind one of the podcasts, Jen Gotch, curated a culture of racism at her company ban.do. In an effort to provide folks, especially white folks, an alternative that is rooted in dismantling white supremacy and supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement, I am offering an updated set of recommendations centered on anti-racism work.
Okay — I am just going to start out by saying that I do actually believe having healthy boundaries, setting intentions, and flowing with the universe are useful practices. That being said, when I hear the Kardashians’ verbal fried moans about ‘setting boundaries’ (despite having signed up for endless seasons of a reality tv show based on their personal lives) or Tom Sandoval throwing the need to have boundaries at Jax Taylor during a fight between two men rapidly approaching middle age in a show centered on their friend group’s personal conflict (Vanderpump Rules to be exact), I’m left wondering if the idea of setting boundaries has lost all meaning. Is it proof that personal development has spread as far as reality TV or is it a warning that something as sacred as inner work has been co-opted to solidify our selfishness and disconnect from the collective? Is it possible that exercises like “setting boundaries” have become new age-y ways of refusing to take ownership, change, or examine the ways we are perpetuating injustices by insulating ourselves from anything that doesn’t bring us positive feels? And, if that’s the case, what can we do to ensure ‘setting boundaries’ doesn’t take on the same ickiness of sage smudges and crystals sold by Urban Outfitters and TJ Maxx?
Podcasts offer community when we are limited in our ability to connect, which is especially important during the Covid-19 crisis. From astrology to social justice, these thoughtful and deeply inspiring podcasts will offer juicy and insightful content to your day. We may have already been in quarantine for what feels like 239797845 days, but you’ll be able to fill at least another week with these podcasts created by and featuring inspiring women working to uplevel our collective consciousness. Hopefully these pods provide some comfort and edu-tainment that we are all craving during this wild quarantined time.
It is actually scientifically proven that humans are less creative when experiencing chronic stress. The complete upending of life that we have experienced collectively during the pandemic has forced our brains into a fight, flight, or freeze mode. This means we are narrowly focusing our energy on survival, with little to spare for creative productivity. Consider this list as a permission slip to be in your feels, take a break from the grind, and find some pleasure during this wild time.