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Meditative Story

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Meditative Story combines extraordinary human stories with meditation prompts embedded into the storylines — all surrounded by breathtaking music. Think of it as an alternative way into a mindfulness practice, through vivid stories and cinematic music and production values. Meditative Story is produced by WaitWhat in partnership with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. Our community tells us that they listen to the same episodes over and over again, and according to data provided by Apple Podcasts, Meditative Story may have the highest engagement of any podcast in the world. And that makes us proud! Thank you, Salesforce, for sponsoring Meditative Story.

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In telling three short stories from his life as a meditator, host Rohan Gunatillake explores the way a few simple words of wisdom, said at the right moment, can build your strength and resilience for a lifetime. He shares insights from his own early teachers as he leads us on a journey around the world, from an ancient monastery in Thailand to a silent retreat in the English countryside.
"Are you going to do this? Ever?" Standing at the edge of the highest diving board at the aquatic center, a young Adam Grant tries and tries, and tries to leap off. But he can't face down his fear – not so much of falling as losing control. So there he stands at the end of the board, paralyzed. In this story, Adam Grant, now a famed organizational psychologist, shares how a wise diving coach helped him outsmart fear – and take the leap.
As a young man, facing two great losses one after another, philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris falls into a deep sadness. He ruminates, feeling stuck, lonely, and lost. But in a chance experiment, Sam learns to explore the landscape of the mind. And he stumbles upon a breakthrough that gives him the ability to think more clearly about every experience, good and bad; to let negative, distracting thoughts come and go, while building a foundation for happiness. In his story, Sam describes how we can live a much better life by noticing the thoughts that arise in our consciousness, rather than merely being swept away by them in each moment. In his story, and the wisdom he shares through his podcast and the Waking Up app, Sam teaches us one simple, profound truth: "Your life is right here to be enjoyed," he says, "and it can only be enjoyed by you."Take the listener survey: http://meditativestory.com/surveySign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDGet a full transcript at https://meditativestory.com/sam-harris/
Actor, writer and comedian Aasif Mandvi has given us so many laughs in his role as a correspondent on The Daily Show – on stage and in television and films. But when a doctor diagnoses him with tinnitus (ringing in the ears), he has to come to terms with his own vulnerability and the unpredictability of life. This eventually leads him to imagine a world with more possibilities, including falling in love – when he asks himself, "What could life be like, if I wasn't trapped in my own head?"Take the listener survey: http://meditativestory.com/surveySign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDGet a full transcript at https://meditativestory.com/aasif-mandvi/
Before his rise to fame, David Duchovny is a popular kid – charming, funny, bright and athletic, beloved by friends and teachers alike. But there’s one teacher who puts David off-balance, calling him out for foolishness where others see charm. Years after graduation, struggling to make it as an actor in Hollywood, David finally comes to recognize that what he mistook for dislike was in fact an encouragement to go his own way, in his own time.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDGet a full transcript at https://meditativestory.com/david-duchovny/
Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni – known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy” – has spent a career clambering around tree tops, studying the interdependence of plants and animals in an ecosystem. But when an accident in the canopy brings Nalini's work to an abrupt halt, she is forced to reckon with interdependence of a profoundly different nature.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
For filmmaker Jai Punjabi, the most powerful connection to home is through food – specifically the wonderful Indian cuisine he was raised on. Hoping to preserve the recipes of his beloved family dishes, Jai returns to his parents’ home in Bombay, only to discover that the secret lay not in the ingredients, but in a way of being.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
By the 1980s, Diana Nyad had left competitive swimming behind, embarking on a successful career as a sports broadcaster. But after a meeting with “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve — whose throw from a horse left him paralyzed from the shoulders down — she is reminded of a challenge that fueled her early athletic ambitions, and re-commits to living everyday just past the limit of what seems endurable.Get the transcript: meditativestory.comSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
“Pay attention to the small transitions, the ones whose potential is always here but sometimes overlooked.” Host Rohan Gunatillake tells three simple stories to draw our attention to the spaces where we realize change is happening. Standing in a doorway outside a school, he sees his small son growing, learning to take on the world. And sitting with the loss of a friend, he explores how we think about larger changes, ones we may yet need time to come to terms with.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Hi, listeners. I want to recommend a new podcast for the New Year that you can subscribe to now. It’s called Spark & Fire, and its aim is to help you live a more creative life. On each episode of Spark & Fire, an admired creator shares the story of their path to creating a beloved work of art – a book, a building, a musical collaboration. For example, Susan Orlean talks about writing The Orchid Thief, and Yo-Yo Ma explains how he created the Silk Road Project.It's created by the same team that produces Meditative Story. (In other words, it’s extremely well done.) If you love Meditative Story, you might find that the ideas behind Spark & Fire resonate with you too. If so, I invite you to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform, so that when the first episode appears in early January, you'll receive it automatically.Visit sparkandfire.com
Kaya Henderson has spent a career reimagining urban education for the 21st century. But Kaya’s faith in her own potential is tested during her first semester at a top-tier school. When she falls well short of her own standards, Kaya's exacting mother helps reframe her perspective on failure, turning what feels like the end of the road into a loving provocation to push on.Get the transcript: meditativestory.comSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
As the daughter of UN diplomat, Nadia Owusu grows up across several worlds. Trailing her father from Africa to Europe before moving to the United States for university, Nadia grapples with her fractured identity. But when Nadia returns to her father's village in Ghana, she finds an unexpected and affirming answer to who she is.Get the transcript: meditativestory.comSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Stephen Wilkes has a unique approach to photography that requires a sustained focus to capture subtle changes in light and perspective. The same could be said of the way he cared for his mother, whose resilience and love belied the trauma she experienced as a refugee from the second world war. Though it often falls on young Stephen to manage her spells, he is able to transcend his family’s haunted past by turning his gaze outward when the darkness threatens to consume him, transforming it into art.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Stories of new beginnings

Stories of new beginnings

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As we transition into a new season, and look forward to a new year ahead, we’re sharing these five short stories of people in motion. Listen for stories of birth, creative rebirth, and stories of starting over. Because the human spirit can continually find a new way to begin again. Featuring stories from writer and midwife Elizabeth Lesser, cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, country singer/songwriter Mickey Guyton, musician Andrew Bird, and the Reverend Otis Moss III.Look forward to Season 3 of Meditative Story, coming in early December with all-new stories and storytellers.Subscribe to the Meditative Story newsletter at http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD.
Times like these require faith, patience, and resilience. This short episode brings together moments from four beloved stories. Sharing a pivotal moment from their lives, these four storytellers explore the large and small insights that helped them find balance and connection in uncertain times. You'll hear from Wajahat Ali, Keith Yamashita, Judith Grisel, and Ghuan Featherstone, with gentle meditation breaks from our host, Rohan Gunatillake.Season 3 of Meditative Story begins in December, with all-new stories for you.Subscribe to the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD.
As chief meteorologist for ABC News, Ginger Zee has traveled the world to cover historic storms and extreme weather. But her passion for storm chasing and adventure belies an emotional turmoil that’s been churning since childhood. It’s not until an assignment in Nepal, paragliding off a mountain cliff, that Ginger finally lays claim to the pain she’s long denied.
Best-known for his record-setting streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is widely regarded as one of Major League Baseball’s greatest all-time players. But for Cal, just showing up is never an end in itself. It’s how he shows up that distinguishes his legacy as an athlete, a lesson Cal learns by observing his father – a baseball legend in his own right – whose dignity on and off the field extends far beyond hard work and fair play alone.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Ghuan Featherstone is determined to go his own way –  to live with courage, kindness, and faith in justice. To be a cowboy. But growing up in a neighborhood rife with gang violence, the forces marshaled against him feel beyond his control. After visiting a little-known horse stable in South Central LA, Ghuan discovers a path to honor on the back of a horse, casting the most iconic American hero in his own image, and embracing the Cowboy Code he swore by as a boy.Learn more about Urban Saddles: https://www.urbansaddles.org/Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/ghuan-featherstone/Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Growing up on his father’s ranch in Elko, Nevada, Waddie Mitchell watches the cowboys around him with awe, silently absorbing their stories and manners – how to shoe a horse, start a colt, lead a crew and tell a tale. Through the buckaroos he learns that adventure and freedom aren’t things to seek elsewhere – that embedded in the raw materials of his own life, in the sounds and smells of the ranch itself, are the real rules for living that don’t get written down.Learn more about Waddie Mitchell at waddiemitchell.comRead a transcript of this episode: https://meditativestory.com/waddie-mitchell/Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
As a young girl raised on the gravel roads of central Texas, Mickey Guyton falls in love with country music – but as a Black woman in a traditionally white industry, her authenticity is constantly questioned: Too Black. Too white. Not country enough. Plagued by self-doubt, Mickey's breakthrough comes when she leans in to what makes her unique – and finds her true voice.Mickey Guyton's new EP, Bridges, featuring the songs "Heaven Down Here" and "Black Like Me," is available now.Read a transcript of this story at http://meditativestory.com/mickey-guytonSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
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Negar Barazende

👌👌👌👌

Feb 22nd
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Dave Smith

Beautiful... this episode made me cry

Feb 10th
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Yeganeh Jedyny

can u plz write the story too? cause some people like me use ur stories for learning better english ❤tnx

Feb 10th
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paul adeyemi

Pls? Is there a way to find just the soundtrack of these sessions? If so where?

Feb 5th
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Tere Viramontes-Gutierrez

WOW!!!

Jan 12th
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antonio jose florencio de souza

MUITO BOM

Jan 3rd
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Levi Wekesa

Wait What Team, you guys are a gift. Your podcasts are super awesome. Love it.

Dec 28th
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Ryan Lordman

Very beautiful ... very amazing ... very helpful ... very beautiful music ... very amazing music ... very helpful music ... so amazing ... so beautiful

Dec 27th
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Sara Wylie

This is my favorite thing this day. Thank you Waddie. Blessings🧡

Dec 10th
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Laleh Zm

it is awesome, I really like it. thank you for the great medetative story,I listen these episodes from Iran.❤❤🌷🌷

Dec 10th
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alok mehta

I am here listening to this podcast for the first time, I am listening to this during my daily walks, I think I walked in the meditative state. I am feeling so relaxed and light. Thank you for this. pls keep doing the good work. I will be a regular listener.

Nov 22nd
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Shara Evans

This story, is my favorite meditative story

Nov 6th
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Charlene Van Onselen

Absolutely lovely!

Oct 30th
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Van Kampens

o n. mm . n hmm in j nin

Oct 17th
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Mercy Waterleaves

this was lovely. thank you.

Oct 15th
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The how not to be podcasts

What dang

Oct 11th
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Sandesh Patil

Stories n music really touched my heart. Immensely grateful! Please keep it up.

Oct 10th
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Jamie Longo

how is this meditative?!?!? Absolutely not what I would expect from s "meditation story podcast".

Oct 9th
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Kirstin Governor

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Oct 7th
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AnKa

That's episode is the most beautiful story I have ever heared. It made me feel free and happy. Thank you.

Sep 18th
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