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Meditative Story

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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

A meditation to welcome change, by Rohan Gunatillake

For many of us, the days are stretching out, copies, duplicates of one another. But there is change happening around us, time is moving forward. This meditation, led by host Rohan Gunatillake, is about noticing that change – outside and within. Mediation can help you become an expert on your internal seasons and habits. When we begin to notice that we change, that seasons change, we start to disbelieve the story that ‘things are always going to be like this’ – and that is magic. Read the transcript at meditativestory.com Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

15 MIN1 d ago
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A meditation to welcome change, by Rohan Gunatillake

Giving birth to a wiser self, by Elizabeth Lesser

One icy morning on a Vermont farm, Elizabeth Lesser is witness to a miraculous thing: the birth of a bleary, bleating baby lamb. Years later, as a midwife, she is still filled with this sense of awe and wonder at every birth. It’s through that process of coaching new life into the world, she learns how to sit through the difficult – even the painful – moments in her own: a divorce, a new career, even death. She begins to understand that we must all stay open to the wild pulse of life to give birth to our wiser selves.

31 MIN1 w ago
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Giving birth to a wiser self, by Elizabeth Lesser

Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

The chaotic nature and noise of life as a musician — touring from city to city — eventually erodes Andrew Bird's ability to hear the music that is really inside of him. In a courageous effort to understand the faint calling of sound playing in his head, Andrew deserts his Chicago apartment for a rural piece of land where he believes an old farmhouse might unlock his personal renewal as an experimental multi-instrumentalist musician. There inside the reverberating wooden walls of a dilapidated barn, he begins to recalibrate — seeing, sensing, and interpreting the space around him musically. Rather than imposing his vision on the world, Andrew's music becomes a reflection of what the surrounding environment is trying to tell him. He learns that sometimes a sense of connectedness is easier to achieve alone, where you're able to find out what's happening inside you in order to make it sing outwards.

31 MIN2 w ago
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Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

Tracking the path of the sun, by Lehua Kamalu

Lehua Kamalu captains a vast, double-hulled ocean canoe crafted to the exact specifications of the seafaring vessels used by her ancestors. She and her crew are making a 2,500 mile journey between Tahiti and Hawaii, the same one original settlers of the South Pacific traversed, the same journeys historians once struggled to believe possible without today’s technology. The stakes are high and they sail the way their ancestors sailed, taking their cues from the water and wind. Lehua stays alert and patient hours on end. It’s only by being grounded in the signs that Lehua can anticipate the possibilities. And it’s only by staying present that Lehua can take in the magic of the open water — and draw from that magic to sustain herself when each journey ends, as they inevitably do.

28 MIN3 w ago
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Tracking the path of the sun, by Lehua Kamalu

I let go of my plan — and found myself, by Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett’s early years aren't what you’d expect knowing who she is today. As a journalist and political aide in divided Berlin in the '80s, she led a life of importance, where she was surrounded by power, where every decision mattered. But when a window opened to step away from that heady life, she found a new space – and time to ask herself what mattered. She shares her story to remind us how we can find meaning in unexpected places.

27 MINMAY 5
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I let go of my plan — and found myself, by Krista Tippett

When words fail, by Thomas Chatterton Williams

American cultural critic Thomas Chatterton Williams is deeply in love with his French wife, Valentine. Accustomed to exquisite command over the English language, Thomas loses agency over his life when he and Valentine move to Paris. And when they welcome their first child, Marlow, for the first time in his life he finds he can't disclose himself — not fully — to a person he loves through language. When words fail, it's his six-year-old daughter who builds the bridge to her father and helps expand his own sense of self — in language, in life, and in love. Thomas Chatterton Williams's latest book is Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race. Follow him on Twitter at @thomaschattwill Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD Follow us onTwitterandInstagram: https://twitter.com/MeditativeStory https://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/

29 MINAPR 28
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When words fail, by Thomas Chatterton Williams

Changing the soundtrack of our lives, by Jule Hall

Jail has a way of warping time. Changes on the outside world are locked away from those inside. Upon his release after serving 17 locked-up years, Jule recounts the moment he first sets eyes on a smartphone. The prison noises he is escaping — the yelling, the constant blaring of the radio, metal-on-metal echoing of cell bars — are replaced by the incessant pings and notifications of his new iPhone. His novice observations about the technology we wrap our lives around reveal a truth that perhaps we can no longer see ourselves.

30 MINAPR 23
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Changing the soundtrack of our lives, by Jule Hall

Loving our living world, by Carl Safina

We all need to love and be loved, we all want to feel not alone in this world. And this is true for all of the living world, says ecologist and author Carl Safina. Carl has spent his whole life interacting with the wild, from raising pigeons on a Brooklyn rooftop to trekking through the frozen landscape of Antarctica and the vast African savanna. And one thing he’s learned is that humans and animals alike, we’re all striving to connect. We’re all craving to establish bonds, to reach out, and to hold someone close. We all want to be loved – and to love ourselves.

31 MINAPR 14
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Loving our living world, by Carl Safina

Trust the world to show its goodness, by Shea Hembrey

Shea Hembrey is 5 years old, walking along the road to his farmhouse on the edge of the Mississippi River Delta, where the floodplains meet the Ozark Mountain foothills. The undulating hills surrounded by dense rows of oak, sassafras, sugarberry, and persimmon trees. He spots a pale, smooth-polished fleck: an egg! “This is a baby bird,” he tells his parents. “And I’m going to hatch it.” From that point forward, his willingness to be patient – to let what is already there reveal itself – opens up the world to show its goodness. We all possess this kind of wonderful intuition, but you must pay attention to that knowing feeling and start to trust it. Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD Follow us onTwitterandInstagram: https://twitter.com/MeditativeStory https://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/

25 MINAPR 4
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Trust the world to show its goodness, by Shea Hembrey

A meditation for the moment, by Rohan Gunatillake

None of us has ever faced a moment like this. It is heartbreaking and exhausting and ever changing and yet ... days seem to blur together. In this Meditative Story, there is no storyteller – but there are stories. Host Rohan Gunatillake is here with a meditation that meets the moment, one that invites you to stop. Breathe. Name the difficult. And maybe, just maybe, find some hope in what is happening right now. See a video version of this mediation on IGTV: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-iasSeh1US/

18 MINAPR 1
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A meditation for the moment, by Rohan Gunatillake

Latest Episodes

A meditation to welcome change, by Rohan Gunatillake

For many of us, the days are stretching out, copies, duplicates of one another. But there is change happening around us, time is moving forward. This meditation, led by host Rohan Gunatillake, is about noticing that change – outside and within. Mediation can help you become an expert on your internal seasons and habits. When we begin to notice that we change, that seasons change, we start to disbelieve the story that ‘things are always going to be like this’ – and that is magic. Read the transcript at meditativestory.com Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

15 MIN1 d ago
Comments
A meditation to welcome change, by Rohan Gunatillake

Giving birth to a wiser self, by Elizabeth Lesser

One icy morning on a Vermont farm, Elizabeth Lesser is witness to a miraculous thing: the birth of a bleary, bleating baby lamb. Years later, as a midwife, she is still filled with this sense of awe and wonder at every birth. It’s through that process of coaching new life into the world, she learns how to sit through the difficult – even the painful – moments in her own: a divorce, a new career, even death. She begins to understand that we must all stay open to the wild pulse of life to give birth to our wiser selves.

31 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Giving birth to a wiser self, by Elizabeth Lesser

Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

The chaotic nature and noise of life as a musician — touring from city to city — eventually erodes Andrew Bird's ability to hear the music that is really inside of him. In a courageous effort to understand the faint calling of sound playing in his head, Andrew deserts his Chicago apartment for a rural piece of land where he believes an old farmhouse might unlock his personal renewal as an experimental multi-instrumentalist musician. There inside the reverberating wooden walls of a dilapidated barn, he begins to recalibrate — seeing, sensing, and interpreting the space around him musically. Rather than imposing his vision on the world, Andrew's music becomes a reflection of what the surrounding environment is trying to tell him. He learns that sometimes a sense of connectedness is easier to achieve alone, where you're able to find out what's happening inside you in order to make it sing outwards.

31 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

Tracking the path of the sun, by Lehua Kamalu

Lehua Kamalu captains a vast, double-hulled ocean canoe crafted to the exact specifications of the seafaring vessels used by her ancestors. She and her crew are making a 2,500 mile journey between Tahiti and Hawaii, the same one original settlers of the South Pacific traversed, the same journeys historians once struggled to believe possible without today’s technology. The stakes are high and they sail the way their ancestors sailed, taking their cues from the water and wind. Lehua stays alert and patient hours on end. It’s only by being grounded in the signs that Lehua can anticipate the possibilities. And it’s only by staying present that Lehua can take in the magic of the open water — and draw from that magic to sustain herself when each journey ends, as they inevitably do.

28 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Tracking the path of the sun, by Lehua Kamalu

I let go of my plan — and found myself, by Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett’s early years aren't what you’d expect knowing who she is today. As a journalist and political aide in divided Berlin in the '80s, she led a life of importance, where she was surrounded by power, where every decision mattered. But when a window opened to step away from that heady life, she found a new space – and time to ask herself what mattered. She shares her story to remind us how we can find meaning in unexpected places.

27 MINMAY 5
Comments
I let go of my plan — and found myself, by Krista Tippett

When words fail, by Thomas Chatterton Williams

American cultural critic Thomas Chatterton Williams is deeply in love with his French wife, Valentine. Accustomed to exquisite command over the English language, Thomas loses agency over his life when he and Valentine move to Paris. And when they welcome their first child, Marlow, for the first time in his life he finds he can't disclose himself — not fully — to a person he loves through language. When words fail, it's his six-year-old daughter who builds the bridge to her father and helps expand his own sense of self — in language, in life, and in love. Thomas Chatterton Williams's latest book is Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race. Follow him on Twitter at @thomaschattwill Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD Follow us onTwitterandInstagram: https://twitter.com/MeditativeStory https://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/

29 MINAPR 28
Comments
When words fail, by Thomas Chatterton Williams

Changing the soundtrack of our lives, by Jule Hall

Jail has a way of warping time. Changes on the outside world are locked away from those inside. Upon his release after serving 17 locked-up years, Jule recounts the moment he first sets eyes on a smartphone. The prison noises he is escaping — the yelling, the constant blaring of the radio, metal-on-metal echoing of cell bars — are replaced by the incessant pings and notifications of his new iPhone. His novice observations about the technology we wrap our lives around reveal a truth that perhaps we can no longer see ourselves.

30 MINAPR 23
Comments
Changing the soundtrack of our lives, by Jule Hall

Loving our living world, by Carl Safina

We all need to love and be loved, we all want to feel not alone in this world. And this is true for all of the living world, says ecologist and author Carl Safina. Carl has spent his whole life interacting with the wild, from raising pigeons on a Brooklyn rooftop to trekking through the frozen landscape of Antarctica and the vast African savanna. And one thing he’s learned is that humans and animals alike, we’re all striving to connect. We’re all craving to establish bonds, to reach out, and to hold someone close. We all want to be loved – and to love ourselves.

31 MINAPR 14
Comments
Loving our living world, by Carl Safina

Trust the world to show its goodness, by Shea Hembrey

Shea Hembrey is 5 years old, walking along the road to his farmhouse on the edge of the Mississippi River Delta, where the floodplains meet the Ozark Mountain foothills. The undulating hills surrounded by dense rows of oak, sassafras, sugarberry, and persimmon trees. He spots a pale, smooth-polished fleck: an egg! “This is a baby bird,” he tells his parents. “And I’m going to hatch it.” From that point forward, his willingness to be patient – to let what is already there reveal itself – opens up the world to show its goodness. We all possess this kind of wonderful intuition, but you must pay attention to that knowing feeling and start to trust it. Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD Follow us onTwitterandInstagram: https://twitter.com/MeditativeStory https://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/

25 MINAPR 4
Comments
Trust the world to show its goodness, by Shea Hembrey

A meditation for the moment, by Rohan Gunatillake

None of us has ever faced a moment like this. It is heartbreaking and exhausting and ever changing and yet ... days seem to blur together. In this Meditative Story, there is no storyteller – but there are stories. Host Rohan Gunatillake is here with a meditation that meets the moment, one that invites you to stop. Breathe. Name the difficult. And maybe, just maybe, find some hope in what is happening right now. See a video version of this mediation on IGTV: https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-iasSeh1US/

18 MINAPR 1
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A meditation for the moment, by Rohan Gunatillake

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