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Meditative Story

Meditative Story

WaitWhat + Thrive Global

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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.

Latest Episodes

Ginger Zee: I’m not just observing the winds, I’m riding them

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.

31 min1 w ago
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Ginger Zee: I’m not just observing the winds, I’m riding them

Cal Ripken Jr.: Showing up is never an end in itself

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

27 min2 w ago
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Cal Ripken Jr.: Showing up is never an end in itself

Discovering the path to honor, by Ghuan Featherstone

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

31 minSEP 24
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Discovering the path to honor, by Ghuan Featherstone

A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

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.com Read 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

29 minSEP 16
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A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

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-guyton 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

28 minSEP 9
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Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

When a years-long relationship ends, author and filmmaker Jennifer 8. Lee makes the startling discovery that she lacks an inner monologue – a voice inside articulating thoughts and feelings, reflecting on the past and planning for her future. At first she feels inadequate, as if she's missing a "sense" that everyone has but her. But the more she talks with others, the more she wonders if its absence may just be a blessing in disguise. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/jennifer-8-lee/ 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

22 minSEP 2
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That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

Lang Lang: The teacher who asked a new question

Considered a prodigy in China, Lang Lang arrives to the U.S. certain of what it takes to be the best pianist in the world – dedication, discipline, hours of solitary practice. But when a legendary teacher poses an unexpected question, Lang Lang comes to understand that becoming a true musician will require more than hard work – that it’s not so much what he puts out that matters most, but what he takes in: new music, languages, art, literature, foods, and friends. As Lang Lang’s world expands, his ambitions move away from seeking fame alone to becoming an infinite student infinitely learning, eventually connecting him even more deeply with his own culture – and, ultimately, with himself. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/lang-lang/ 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

33 minAUG 19
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Lang Lang: The teacher who asked a new question

A home that had been waiting for me forever​, by Pico Iyer

Facing a dreaded 20-hour layover after weeks away from home, Pico Iyer decides to leave the airport and explore the city outside. He walks down the quiet streets, hoping to distract himself with a few new experiences. What happens, though, couldn’t be more unexpected. A feeling of recognition and familiarity washes over him. He feels as if he’s been in this city all along. What begins as a layover becomes something else altogether. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/PicoIyer/. 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

19 minAUG 12
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A home that had been waiting for me forever​, by Pico Iyer

Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

A glossy picture on the cover of a magazine. That’s all it takes for a teenaged Arianna Huffington to decide she’s going to leave her family and home – and the activity and warmth of her mom’s kitchen table – to start something new. Without speaking the language, or even knowing how to get there, Arianna decides she’s going to start a new life in a new place, propelled forward by her mom’s wise sense that life isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about having the adventure. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/AriannaHuffington/. 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.

23 minAUG 5
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Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

It's early morning. A hotel room. Wajahat Ali, playwright and author, is traveling for work when he gets a call from his wife – she's sobbing, panicked, heartbroken. Their tiny daughter, Nusayba, has been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. And time stops. What can he do? Rage. Despair. Sob. Fight. Then ... let go. Waj shares the story of how his young daughter's fight with cancer taught him to strike a delicate balance between faith and action, between exhausting his efforts and accepting the outcome. Read a transcript of this story at: https://meditativestory.com/wajahat-ali/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

31 minJUL 29
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Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

Latest Episodes

Ginger Zee: I’m not just observing the winds, I’m riding them

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.

31 min1 w ago
Comments
Ginger Zee: I’m not just observing the winds, I’m riding them

Cal Ripken Jr.: Showing up is never an end in itself

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

27 min2 w ago
Comments
Cal Ripken Jr.: Showing up is never an end in itself

Discovering the path to honor, by Ghuan Featherstone

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

31 minSEP 24
Comments
Discovering the path to honor, by Ghuan Featherstone

A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

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.com Read 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

29 minSEP 16
Comments
A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

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-guyton 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

28 minSEP 9
Comments
Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

When a years-long relationship ends, author and filmmaker Jennifer 8. Lee makes the startling discovery that she lacks an inner monologue – a voice inside articulating thoughts and feelings, reflecting on the past and planning for her future. At first she feels inadequate, as if she's missing a "sense" that everyone has but her. But the more she talks with others, the more she wonders if its absence may just be a blessing in disguise. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/jennifer-8-lee/ 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

22 minSEP 2
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That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

Lang Lang: The teacher who asked a new question

Considered a prodigy in China, Lang Lang arrives to the U.S. certain of what it takes to be the best pianist in the world – dedication, discipline, hours of solitary practice. But when a legendary teacher poses an unexpected question, Lang Lang comes to understand that becoming a true musician will require more than hard work – that it’s not so much what he puts out that matters most, but what he takes in: new music, languages, art, literature, foods, and friends. As Lang Lang’s world expands, his ambitions move away from seeking fame alone to becoming an infinite student infinitely learning, eventually connecting him even more deeply with his own culture – and, ultimately, with himself. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/lang-lang/ 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

33 minAUG 19
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Lang Lang: The teacher who asked a new question

A home that had been waiting for me forever​, by Pico Iyer

Facing a dreaded 20-hour layover after weeks away from home, Pico Iyer decides to leave the airport and explore the city outside. He walks down the quiet streets, hoping to distract himself with a few new experiences. What happens, though, couldn’t be more unexpected. A feeling of recognition and familiarity washes over him. He feels as if he’s been in this city all along. What begins as a layover becomes something else altogether. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/PicoIyer/. 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

19 minAUG 12
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A home that had been waiting for me forever​, by Pico Iyer

Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

A glossy picture on the cover of a magazine. That’s all it takes for a teenaged Arianna Huffington to decide she’s going to leave her family and home – and the activity and warmth of her mom’s kitchen table – to start something new. Without speaking the language, or even knowing how to get there, Arianna decides she’s going to start a new life in a new place, propelled forward by her mom’s wise sense that life isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about having the adventure. Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/AriannaHuffington/. 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.

23 minAUG 5
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Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

It's early morning. A hotel room. Wajahat Ali, playwright and author, is traveling for work when he gets a call from his wife – she's sobbing, panicked, heartbroken. Their tiny daughter, Nusayba, has been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. And time stops. What can he do? Rage. Despair. Sob. Fight. Then ... let go. Waj shares the story of how his young daughter's fight with cancer taught him to strike a delicate balance between faith and action, between exhausting his efforts and accepting the outcome. Read a transcript of this story at: https://meditativestory.com/wajahat-ali/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

31 minJUL 29
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Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

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