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Self-care: it’s all the rage these days, as it should be, but especially now as the world is fighting the coronavirus. Turns out, combining a healthy lifestyle with woo-woo stuff like tarot, astrology, and meditation can really make a huge difference in stress reduction. Along the same lines, I’ve been into the idea of manifesting goals through positive thinking since I read Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization in the 1980s, and am stoked ideas like this have gained wider attention. Recently, I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of podcasts that cover all these topics and more. Here are some choice picks (available on iTunes) for your queue. 

Natalie Ross hosts one of my fave podcasts, Dream Freedom Beauty, which averages an hour and a half (in addition to shorter episodes that focus on an amazing weekly astrology report from the wonderful Rebecca Conran). (ed. note this podcast is recently defunct but replaced by a new plant based program called Earth Speak. You can still listened to the archives there.) Natalie interviews various healers and artists and delves into their forms of self-care. The discussions are honest and casual and leave me with a sense of calm. 

I really love the hour(ish)-long show Tarot for the Wild Soul hosted by intuitive healer Lindsay Mack. Every week, she delves deep into the meanings and uses of tarot, and her monthly medicine report (an astro/tarot reading) is weirdly accurate and powerful for me.  Another gem is Jessica Lanyadoo's excellent Ghost of a Podcast, she is such a powerful astrologer, I can't recommend it enough. And for straight-up guided meditations and inspiring lectures (great for sleepless nights) my go-to is Tara Brach and her eponymous pod. Tara is a Buddhist teacher and her soothing lessons are always really insightful and hella relaxing. I would be remiss if I did not mention the OG: Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Conversations, where Oprah invites luminaries such as Cheryl Strayed, Eckhart Tollee or Brene Brown to chat in her back yard about all things spiritual, it's an excellent show.

By Laurie Henzel
Illustration by Tara O'Brien
This article originally appeared in the August/September 2018  print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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