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Meditative Story is a completely new kind of listening experience that blends intimate first-person stories with mindfulness prompts, enveloped in beautiful music composition. Every week, subscribers will receive a new Meditative Story from a storyteller who will transport listeners to the time and place where everything changed for them — a story that may be deeply relatable to the listener’s own life. As the story unfolds, mindfulness guide Rohan Gunatillake (founder of the popular Buddhify meditation app) offers prompts to calm the mind, and help listeners connect with their own observations. The entire experience is elevated by gorgeous music. Shifting between music and vibration, the exquisite sound design rides above the narrative, bringing each Meditative Story to life and giving subscribers the headspace to feel restored and refreshed. Meditative Story is a WaitWhat original series — created by the team who built and led TED’s media organization — in close partnership with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. The series is made possible with generous support from Salesforce.

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DeRay Mckesson is one of America’s most recognized and admired activists. But before that, he was magician. Not the kind who pulls a rabbit out of hat, but the kind who makes communities magically appear out of thin air. Every school DeRay ever attends, his name appears on the ballot for president of the student body. Why? Because through something as simple as student government, DeRay is able to bring people together in astonishing ways you just can’t see coming. Through countless elections and one seemingly impossible feat after another, DeRay designs the kind of world we all want to live. There’s no illusion or ticket about it. But it is magic.
How do you find joy in your life? For entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author Reid Hoffman, it’s through the act of genuine, honest, and intimate conversations with friends. Once a self-described misfit, in college, Reid finds his place. He connects with people who share not necessarily his interests but his curiosity, and his dedication to asking big questions. It is in asking the big questions, in discussing the answers, that Reid learns and grows – and begins to discover the meaning of his life.
One person can be the vehicle by which somebody else can feel seen and known. This is something that Sinéad Burke sees every day in her classroom. Her achondroplasia teaches her how to turn everything that excludes into something that includes, by finding common ground, by finding a way in. What can you do to build a way in for someone?Sinéad Burke is the host of her own amazing podcast: As Me with Sinéad Burke. Listen: https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/as-me-with-sinead-burke/Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDFollow us on Twitter and Instagram:https://twitter.com/MeditativeStoryhttps://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/Read the transcript for this episode:http://podcast.meditativestory.com/p/29
A mesmerizing story about the wisdom and delight you can find — even in the midst of tragic loss — by seeing life and death through the eyes of a child. Storyteller Lucy Kalanithi is the widow of Paul Kalanithi, who wrote the best-selling memoir "When Breath Becomes Air,” published posthumously in 2016. This story is a coda to his memoir.Read "When Breath Becomes Air."Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.Read the transcript for this episode.
How do you build rapport with another person quickly? How do you bond? Author A.J. Jacobs shares a Meditative Story about the day he found himself on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", and how courage to take a risk might just be the best way to connect with someone else.
Psychologist and author Susan David invites us into the sad days after she loses her father as a child – and the kind teacher who helped her carve out space to feel her grief and sadness honestly. It's a lesson she takes into her own journey as a parent.
To truly see what is right in front us, requires the practice of looking, of careful and sustained attention – without expectation or judgment. Join author and essayist Siri Hustvedt on an hours long trip to the museum spent in front of just one painting. And discover more than just what's on the canvas.
As a teen growing up in a traditional household and struggling to share her true identity, Moj Mahdara finds her path through her two grandmothers — who couldn’t be more different than one another. Under blankets, sharing secrets and stories, Moj learns that, generations before her, family members had fought to define themselves too. It is through old souls that Moj finds the strength to stand her own truth.Hear music from Moj's paternal grandmother, Moluk Anghoz (1934–2007), known as Afat:See Afat performing at 5:17 in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQlCZ4_PEnk&feature=youtu.be&t=320 and at 9:51 in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW5Cez8pSs8&feature=youtu.be&t=591One more song from Afat, accompanied by amazing photos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vog2KTa7Juw&feature=youtu.be
How do you rebuild a life after it very nearly ends? Entrepreneur Keith Yamashita tells his own story of how he learned to live again after a devastating stroke, to nourish himself and the world, and to take each moment as it comes.
As an actor and a new mom, Catherine Reitman felt pulled between two competing identities. To capture her frustration, her sadness, her truth, she wrote it all down. In sharing her darkness, she found a way to turn a light on for someone else.
Author and poet Stephen Kuusisto, who is blind, hears life expressed in sound, the weird and wonderful chance music of everyday life. And he's able to find meaning, big and small, in it all.
When's the last time you hand-wrote a letter? Author Hannah Brencher shares a simple story about the value of connecting on paper.
In precisely chosen words, the writer, artist and Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel tells a story from her girlhood, a road trip from LA to Louisiana in 1957. While five-year-old Zenju sits in the back seat dreaming of cowboys, her parents navigate an altogether different landscape. From them, from the trip, Zenju now believes she’s learned how to find her way in the world, in her skin.
Actor, filmmaker, and musician Josh Radnor takes us back to his very first time on stage — and introduces us to someone who gave him the push he needed to be true to himself. Please note that this episode includes language about self harm.If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online.
NPR host Peter Sagal shares the story of a motorcycle trip he took through the middle of America – and how it gave him the space he needed to navigate.
What's is like to be an identical twin? Game designer Jane McGonigal tells a story of similarity and divergence as she explores the magic of sharing DNA while becoming an individual.
Restaurateur Danny Meyer takes us back to where it all began for him: a family trip to Europe and a simple plate of pasta. That memorable meal sparked a lifetime practice of discovery that continues to feed his creativity and his soul.Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
While filming one day in the Congo Rainforest, legendary photojournalist John Moore pursued the vision of a perfect photograph -- a vision that literally brought him to his knees. He shares the magic that can occur when you let go of the desire to control the outcome.
Krista Tippett, the host of "On Being," talks about the time she took a break from the intensity of life and just stopped to check in with herself – with deeply unexpected results.Read Krista's latest book, "Becoming Wise."Learn about The On Being ProjectSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.Read the transcript for this episode.
Author and journalist Thomas Page McBee takes us into the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden, where he finds answers to some of his most profound questions through fighting – and along the way discovers what happens when you stop trying to win.Show notes:Book: Amateur, by Thomas Page McBeeWeb: Learn more about writer Thomas Page McBee
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Ellyn Kathryn Gałecki

I was delighted to find this and delighted by it. I have read “When Breath Becomes Air" four times over the last two years. For me, the book itself is a meditation. I am now a cancer survivor and was helped to face the possibility of death with grace and courage. Hearing how Lucy and Katie are doing has helped me to become fully aware that death does not have to break the relationship between those that continue to live after their loved one must leave. Thank you and Happy 2020 to all of you!

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this episode is truly beautiful. I was at the edge of crying, holding my tears. The timing for the music is perfect, enhancing the power of the words. So many deep words, so motivational and inspiring. Truly beautiful.

Dec 11th
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Bridget Norton

Resonates!

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Sachin Garg

it gave goosebumps to ne while listening. Thank you...

Nov 3rd
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ehsan l

it was anazing, she described space and its things perfect

Nov 2nd
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shaghayegh shafiee

im from Iran and i live in tehran with 13 milions people. i feel so relax and good with your podcast. in crowded bus and street full of tenssion

Oct 22nd
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Photo Fanatic

These stories would be wonderful if the sound problem was resolved. The weird vibration and unclarity of the spoken word is more than I can handle.

Oct 22nd
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Aurora CB

I started listening this podcast when really needed to reconnect. What a beautiful gift to the heart. Thanks!!

Oct 22nd
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neji hyuga

Thank you so much... So so much for this... I literally cried i don't know why.. You guys are amazing. Keep it up

Oct 18th
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Jill Rietman Wood

very calming ☆☆☆☆☆

Oct 14th
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Jackie Keen

lovely

Oct 6th
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Luyen

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Sep 17th
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Luyen

so beautiful 😍

Sep 17th
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Ali T

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Sep 15th
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rachel neal

I enjoyed this

Sep 13th
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Paul Hoovestol

Damn

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Ramzi Ben Ali

I love this

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Fawn Edwards

I'd love a bit less talking... hard to follow the prompts to reflect when the narrator just keeps going on.

Sep 12th
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