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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 an original series produced by WaitWhat and supported by our members. 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!

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As a teenager, Jade Bowler is laser-focused on her dream of leaving home, with ambitious plans for the future. It’s only after her plans fall apart that Jade realizes big achievements aren’t the only thing that can bring her happiness. Reveling in smaller, quieter moments of casual magic shows her the beauty of everyday existence.Listen to Jacob Sartorius' Meditative Story "I take a breath. I buy myself a moment": https://listen.meditativestory.com/JacobSartoriusPIOFind Jade on all your social media platforms @UnjadedJade Unjaded Jade YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@UnJadedJade/featuredJade's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unjadedjade/Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Figuring out how to express your authentic self is a journey in discovering what lights you up. For Eric Whitacre, the choral composer and conductor, these lessons came to him through his passions for outer space, water, and music. Join Eric and Rohan in this conversation about how Eric learned to channel his energy into creating meaningful connections and finding his place in the world, and consider what instrument might be most (metaphorically) you.Eric’s masterclass series, The Beautiful Mess: https://virtualschool.ericwhitacre.com/Eric's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericwhitacre/Eric's Water Night: https://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/water-nightEric’s website: ericwhitacre.com Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Michelle Thaller is an astronomer and science communicator who helped unveil the latest images from the Webb Telescope — the one that's currently sending us never-before-seen images of deep space. In her Meditative Story, she explores the significance of a single human — you — in a universe so immense that your very existence is of no consequence ... yet of every consequence.Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Choral music composer and conductor Eric Whitacre directs choirs around the globe, but as a kid in northern Nevada, he feels like the black sheep. He doesn’t know how to channel his endless energy to create meaningful connections or find his place in the world. His remarkable experiences with outer space, multi-part harmonies, and a (literal) leap of faith teach him crucial lessons about embracing what lights him up to be his true self.Listen to Max Richter's episode of Meditative Story "Music, memory, moments": https://listen.meditativestory.com/MaxRichterPIOLearn more about Eric:Eric’s website: ericwhitacre.com Eric's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericwhitacre/Find Eric’s masterclass series, The Beautiful Mess, here: https://virtualschool.ericwhitacre.com/Listen to Water Night here: https://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/water-nightEach episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Staying connected with our loved ones is not always easy, especially if, like Jai Punjabi, you live far away from home. As a founder of Wait What, the company behind Meditative Story, Jai’s work in New York means his once-a-year visit to the family home in Bombay, India, is precious time. Made even more so by the food he eats when he’s there with his family. But what makes the dishes so delicious? Join Rohan and Jai as they unpack the ways in which the spirit of culinary improvisation, and putting trust in the process, can translate from the kitchen to the rest of our lives.Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Growing up in the Kennedy family, Tim Shriver sees close relatives compete at the highest level of U.S. politics and learns a very specific definition of what it means to be a winner. As a result, a fierce competitiveness finds its way into every aspect of his life. But as the years go on, Tim begins to question whether this winner-takes-all mentality is the healthiest way to live. Maybe there’s a way that competition can bring out the best in all of us, regardless of who gets the gold medal.For more on Tim:Tim’s instagram: https://www.instagram.com/timothyshriver/Tim’s book, Fully Alive: http://www.timothyshriver.com/fully-aliveTim’s book, The Call to Unite: Voices of Hope and Awakening: https://unite.us/bookLearn more about Tim’s work with UNITE: https://unite.us/aboutLearn more about Tim’s work with Special Olympics: https://www.specialolympics.org/Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What would it be like to turn your New Year’s resolutions on their head, by resolving to focus our attention in an entirely different way? That’s what Rohan is proposing with this holiday meditation designed to zoom in on the small wins from the year just past. Orienting ourselves toward small victories — whether it's making time to be with those we love, trying something entirely out of our comfort zone, or taking one small step toward a dream we’ve held dear — can help reveal the richness of life as it unfolds, and how full our cups often are. Sourcing from all the ways in which we worked hard, were more than enough, and witnessed the same in others, let’s bring that foundation into a brand new year of possibility and peace.Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
When life is overwhelming, sometimes the smallest action — even one that seems insignificant in the moment — is what helps us move forward. Cristina Mittermeier is a nature photographer and adventurer who's used to navigating treacherous situations in the name of protecting the climate. But when her life takes an unexpected turn, she learns how to take small steps forward to begin unlocking her power.Listen to Lehua Kamalu's Meditative Story "Tracking the path of the sun": http://listen.meditativestory.com/LehuaKamaluWWFor more on Cristina Mittermeier and Sea Legacy, visit:Cristina’s Website: https://cristinamittermeier.com/Cristina’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mitty/Cristina’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/cmittermeierCristina’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cmittermeier/Cristina’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cristinamittermeierEach episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
How can we maintain a sense of freshness, awe, and wonder in our perspective on the world? Today’s Soul Curriculum episode finds Rohan diving deeper into this question with nature filmmaker and author Tom Mustill. Tom shares more about his experiences living close to our animal kin, and what he’s learned from their behavior, both spectacular and mundane. With great warmth and heart, Tom talks about how a breaching humpback whale gave him a much-needed wake-up call — and how this encounter helped him know when to put down his camera to see the world with fresh eyes.Listen to Tom Mustill's full episode of Meditative Story, "The beetle and the whale": https://listen.meditativestory.com/TomMustillTom’s website: https://www.tommustill.com/Tom's book, How To Speak Whale, an Amazon Editors top 10 Science book of 2022, can be purchased here: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/tom-mustill/how-to-speak-whale/9781538739112/ Find Tom on Instagram and Twitter @tommustill.Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Over a tiny table in a crowded bar … on a bike crossing at the Mexican border … standing at the edge of a windswept cliff: There are places and moments where life comes into crystal-clear focus, and you realize something (or maybe everything) needs to change. In this episode, we've collected 4 powerful, personal stories of wake-up calls, when the universe showed these storytellers an entirely new perspective on the world that they could not ignore — and life was never the same again. May these stories support you in embracing your own gear shifts with grace and curiosity.  Listen to the full episodes here: David Duchovny: "When the student is ready, the master may be long gone": http://listen.meditativestory.com/Duchovny_WWs Ginger Zee: "I’m not just observing the winds, I’m riding them": https://listen.meditativestory.com/GZeeMickey Guyton: "Embracing what makes me different": http://listen.meditativestory.com/MickeyGuytonWWJoe Wicks: "Riding 2000 miles to find my purpose": ​​https://listen.meditativestory.com/JoeWicksMSEach episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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.Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Nature filmmaker Tom Mustill travels the globe capturing breathtaking footage of animals while highlighting the work of the world’s leading conservationists. But one summer day, on a vacation kayak trip, he comes face to face with nature in a way he never expected. He shares the story of how this rare and terrifying encounter re-sparks his sense of wonder — reminding him to sometimes put down the camera to see the world as it truly is.Listen to John Moore’s episode of Meditative Story, "The perfect photograph I never took": http://listen.meditativestory.com/JohnMooreSeason1More about Tom Mustill:Tom’s website: https://www.tommustill.com/Tom's book, How To Speak Whale, an Amazon Editors top 10 Science book of 2022, can be purchased here: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/tom-mustill/how-to-speak-whale/9781538739112/ Find Tom on Instagram and Twitter @tommustill.Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In today’s Soul Curriculum, Rohan speaks candidly with writer Alex Morris about how to become more comfortable asking for help. As Alex shares, it’s often our preconceptions of how we will be received that prevent us from reaching out. However, as Alex realizes in his own story, when we take the risk and acknowledge our need for help, people around us rise to our aid and can help make our world wider. Alex also reinforces the beauty of helping's reciprocal nature: How good it can feel to be honest both in the ways we need help, and the ways in which we are able to step up for others.Listen to Alex Morris' full episode of Meditative Story, "Dancing on my own": https://listen.meditativestory.com/AlexMorris_Nov10Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
When actor Michael Imperioli is 17, he makes an impulsive move: on the day he's supposed to drive up to college, instead he takes the train down to New York City and signs up for acting classes. His parents are baffled, but they give him an enormous gift: they trust him. As he grows as an artist, Michael realizes the way that the courage to trust – in your instincts, in your teachers, and in one another – is what forms the foundation for a brave, creative life.Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As a young writer and performer, Sara Benincasa found her voice doing stand-up comedy. For years, it seemed better than therapy. But slowly, doubts surfaced. While the external validation she received made her feel successful and even loved, something was missing. In this episode of Meditative Story, Sara shares how she came to look inward, instead of outward, for richer feelings of worth. Sara Benincasa’s monthly podcast, "Well, This Isn't Normal," is about mental health and stress relief. Find it on Apple, Spotify, and Stitcher.More about Sara Benincasa: Her website: SaraBenincasa.comInstagram: https://instagram.com/SaraJBenincasaFind her weekly newsletter, Saratonin: SaraJBenincasa.Substack.comShe writes essays here: SaraJBenincasa.Medium.comSara’s Patreon includes the newsletter, access to private essays, and an exclusive weekly podcast: Patreon.com/SaraBenincasaEach episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story: meditativestory.com/Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
No matter what emotions are brought up for you during the holiday season, the mindfulness techniques explored in this episode will leave you feeling relaxed even when the holiday brings challenges like tricky family dynamics, the difficulty of disconnecting from work, and the loneliness that can arise at even the most joyful times of year. Notice them, name them, release them.To learn more about the RAIN mindfulness technique – an acronym first coined by senior Buddhist teacher, Michele McDonald – visit Tara Brach’s website (you’ll see how Rohan’s version relates to Michele's original technique and Tara’s revised one): https://www.tarabrach.com/rain/#rainchangeEach episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
When life hands you an unimaginable sorrow, how do you begin to recover your joy, your connection, your creative spark? In a special crossover episode with our friends at the Spark & Fire podcast, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt (you might know him as the voice of Remy in “Ratatouille”) shares a powerful story about how he slowly reclaimed his creative spirit after a tragedy that left him questioning everything. It’s a story of family, community, and connectedness, co-hosted by Rohan and Spark & Fire host June Cohen.Listen to the full episode of Spark & Fire at sparkandfire.com.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sitting in the school library, staring down at his unfinished chemistry homework, pre-med student Case Kenny feels helpless. He faces a difficult choice: did I choose the wrong major? And who will I disappoint if I admit that? Now an acclaimed podcaster (New Mindset, Who Dis?), Case shares three stories from his early life about being wrong, and how he slowly learns what’s right for him. The key: Learning to see wrongness as a chance to re-examine who he is and what his right next step might be.Find Case Kenny on Instagram: @case.kennyExplore Case’s podcast: New Mindset, Who DisCase is the creator of mindfulness journals like The New Mindset Journal and But First, Inner Peace. AND: he’s the creator of the dance music x mindfulness show Zen Disco. Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Just out of school, writer Alex Morris gets a job performing and teaching improv comedy in London, playing absurd characters night after night. But his knack for hiding his true self starts long before he ever steps onstage. Alex is hiding a secret — one that only his family and a few close friends know: he’s slowly losing his sight. He shares a story about his struggles living with a degenerative eye disease and the lengths to which he would go to pretend he didn’t need help.Listen to Tony Tjan’s episode of Meditative Story, "Learning resilience from earth's edge": http://listen.meditativestory.com/TonyTjan_WWsFollow Alex on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexinwriting/Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rohan sits down with author Florence Williams to talk about her award-winning Meditative Story, “To chase the sunset.” In conversation, Florence offers her candid perspective on how to face heartbreak with patience and compassion, by letting beauty mend our hearts. It’s a Soul Curriculum episode filled with wisdom and assurance that we too can accept our scars, and even learn to see the gifts they offer.Listen to Florence Williams' full episode of Meditative Story, "To chase the sunset": https://listen.meditativestory.com/Florence2Purchase Florence Williams' book, Heartbreak: http://www.florencewilliams.com/new-pageOr the audiobook here: https://www.pushkin.fm/audiobooks/heartbreakEach episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.comSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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SULINE LANIE

Each episode of Meditative Story combines a calming story with soothing background music and sound effects. Each story is designed to help listeners relax https://huntingfellow.com/what-do-numbers-on-binoculars-mean/ and find inner peace. The stories range from fantasy and science fiction to nature and relaxation themes. The stories are narrated by a soothing voice and accompanied by peaceful music and nature sounds. Meditative Story is perfect for winding down after a long day or for finding a moment of calm in a busy life.

Jan 11th
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Sujit Sumitran

Beautiful! I remember him from the X Files and how I used to look forward to each episode. I’ve looked up the books he’s written and I’m going to read him. Way to go David!

Dec 18th
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Sana Gul

hello . Hard work and creativity is alway helpfull in every aspect of life . https://longboardings.com/best-mini-longboards-review-2022/

Dec 12th
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Nov 22nd
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Sujit Sumitran

So so lovely.

Nov 22nd
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SULINE LANIE

The lyrics are from "Dancing On My Own", which Garrett Stubbs (the unofficial team DJ) added to https://malloftoys.com/collections/hoya his clubhouse playlist earlier this year. The song was originally performed by Robyn in 2010, and written by Robyn and producer Patrik Berger.

Nov 10th
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Her Kitchen

Amazing story: https://herkitchen.net/

Oct 18th
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زهرا اسدی

it was fabulous 😍

Oct 16th
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Luke Dymock

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Oct 14th
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Sara Cheraghali

Such a delighting story!🌱 I fully enjoyed.

Sep 28th
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pranita Deshpande

https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80OGRlNmQzNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw/episode/ZTI4ZjZlYTgtMTYzZS00MjRlLWJmNjgtN2IzZGI4ZTE5YWIx?ep=14 Reason behind consistency and persistence. Audio please listen and give feedback.

Sep 9th
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Katayoun Ahmadian

👌👌

Jul 14th
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Karen Muñoz Parramón

This podcast has helped me a lot during a difficult time of my life. I highly recommend it for people who are lost or are experiencing emotional difficulties. The stories are interesting and relevant and you can enjoy the meditation brief time.

Jul 8th
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ID26127371

Nice

Jul 4th
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ناخدا اِهِب

wish I understand quite what are you saying because I'm studying English

Jun 26th
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Christine Boyer

enjoyed

Jun 19th
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Ronald Bell

Meditative Story is my go to podcast when I just want to relax and hear a usually inspiring story in the first person. The music alone is worth listening and the guiding meditations at the end are nice moments for reflection. This truly a stunning production.

Jun 5th
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Jasmine L

I loved this story❤

Apr 29th
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SON,s SUN

I heat you . I can't answer qusetion . not cry . I know you . I hope help you I,m near to Khayam st ferdosi

Apr 6th
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