If you have run into me over the last year, there is a good chance I’ve already shared my obsession with Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations with you. And if we see each other more often, there’s a good chance I’ve peer pressured you into also listening to them, and perhaps you are already experiencing your own AH-HA moments every day.
These conversations helped kick-start a bigger journey for me that eventually led me to create my own coaching business, Aligned + Kind and help keep me centered and peaceful, (and hopeful) at times where it feels like the world can be overwhelming to exist in. Being a wedding photographer is still a big part of my life, but coaching with Aligned + Kind has given me the outlet and creative spark to help inspire others to live their lives connected to the present and their purpose. I have these podcasts to thank for that.
- Don Miguel Ruiz: Find Freedom, Happiness and Love :
- Anthony Ray Hinton, Part 1 Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row
- Anthony Ray Hinton, Part 2, Finding Life, Hope and Redemption
- Dr. Maya Angelou, Pt One : 9 Words That Changed Her Life
- Dr. Maya Angelou: Pt Two: Best Advice She Ever Received
- Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith: Manifest the Life of Your Dreams
- Brene Brown Part 1: Daring Greatly
- Brene Brown Part 2: Living with a Whole Heart
- Bryan Stevenson: The Power of Mercy and Forgiveness
- Jack Canfield: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Purpose (Joy is your internal guidance!)
- Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor: “My Stroke of Insight”
- Sister Joan Chittister: Two Words That Can Change the World : I have listened and re-listened to this podcast a few times and every time I listen, I have a new “Aha moment!”
- Eckhart Tolle: Free Yourself From Anxiety, Stress and Unhappiness
- Wayne Dyer: The Art of Manifestation
- Dr. Phil Part 1 & Part 2
- Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love
- Byron Katie Set Yourself Free
My Top Runner Up SuperSoul Conversations (these are worth listening to!)
As wedding photographers we spend countless hours behind the computer culling images, editing, responding to e-mails, and so on. I do the bulk of the editing and I’ve found listening to podcasts to be the most helpful way to stay on task for hours at a time. This year I stumbled upon a podcast that was extra special. It’s a podcast called Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations.
I stumbled upon these conversations unknowingly sometime last year when I was searching for interviews with Thich Nhat Hanh. I found a video interview Oprah had with him on deep listening. It was a Supersoul conversation. Since then, I discovered she launched a podcast with more of these podcasts which makes it easy for me to listen to them while I work.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations are so more than just background noise to edit to. Her conversations are filled with insights on intentional living, connecting to your purpose, being present, secrets to happiness, and much more. Sometimes I find myself replaying certain episodes three to four times to try and absorb all the goodness each conversation has to offer. There seems to be an episode for any time of big, (or small!), life moment you might be going through.
The more I listen to these podcasts the more I’ve become familiar with Oprah’s own “Aha” moments. These are instances where something someone says hits Oprah in a way she hadn’t considered it before. I get really excited when Oprah has an Aha moment because after interviewing people for years and years, it amazes me that even SHE is still open to seeing things in a new light.
I’m excited to share these podcasts with everyone I possibly can and because of this, I’ve compiled an informal list of my favorite 8 Oprah’s Supersoul conversations to help get you started. The list starts with the episode that I first listened to and the one that is responsible for the start of my secret obsession. The next four episodes are easy listening episodes that still offer a ton of insight and inspiration. Number 6 is an episode that fascinates me to my core. Lastly, Numbers 7 & 8 (Sister Joan & Eckhart Tolle) are my all-time two favorite episodes because they offer wisdom that has affected me the greatest.
Do you have a favorite SuperSoul Conversation? I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below! I’ll update this list regularly as I continue to listen to all of them.
UPDATE: This post was originally only my favorite 8, but as more podcasts continue to get released, I’ve had to add quite a few. One of my most recent favorites being the Anthony Ray Hinton 2 part series, (see below for link). This particular podcast was so powerful to me that I’ve decided to donate monthly to the Equal Justice Initiative. I’ve always been a seeker of truth and I hold a deep-seeded belief that we all have a purpose in this world. I believe that focus on solutions is how we create a better world and I believe the Equal Justice Initiative is solution-focused too. I usually keep our donations private, but I’ve started to understand that being more open about where we donate our money, it encourages others to donate too in places they might not otherwise know of. My hope is that something resonates with you enough that you can take action and give back in some way that is important to you. If it’s not money, you can give your time or your voice to a cause. Find a way that works for you.