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Meditative Story

Meditative Story

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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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. Breath. Name the difficult. And maybe, just maybe, find some hope in what is happening right now.

2020-03-31
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Our tiny meaningful lives in the vast universe

In this classic episode, while working on an experiment to measure the age of the universe, astronomer Michelle Thaller is reminded once again about both the impersonal immensity around us, and the deeply personal significance of each one of us.

2020-03-21
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Adapting to life's unexpected nature, by Forrest Galante

Jackals and leopards in the fields. The sound of a lion?s roar. Majestic African bush elephants outside the front door. This is childhood for Forrest Galante as a kid growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe. He?s adventurous and instinctive and connected to the living earth. But a sudden move to the U.S. puts him in a completely new territory. In discovering this new urban world in front of him, Forrest learns that the key for all of us, to key to survival, is to adapt.

2020-03-17
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Stories my father told me, by Lindsey Stirling

There he is: pacing around the campfire, contemplating, ruminating. Then, with a crooked, mischievous smile, he begins. ?Here?s a story?? This is a memory violinist Lindsey Stirling will always carry of her dad, the tireless storyteller, telling the tallest of tales, dreaming the biggest of dreams. But also a man who couldn't quite see his life-changing impact on others because of the disappointments that befell his own life. In looking back, Lindsey comes to realize that whatever becomes of us, what endures are the stories we create while trying to figure it all out.

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2020-03-10
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The art class, by Jay Shetty

"Why?? asks an insistent high school art teacher. ?Why? Why? Why?? Staring blankly back, a young Jay Shetty has nothing to say. It?s an art project, it's just homework. A collage. It?s just ? layers. The next day in a subway station, Jay's chance encounter with an ad peeling off the wall unlocks the truest answer. What he discovers that day about himself carries forward into college, when Jay meets a fellow student who's consumed by negativity and pain. There, the art project from so many years ago comes in handy in ways he never anticipates.

Read Jay Shetty's book Think Like a Monk (listen to Think Like a Monk as an audiobook read by Jay).

Jay hosts the podcast On Purpose with Jay Shetty.

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2020-03-02
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Riding waves, by Paola Antonelli

One summer night Paola Antonelli, now curator and head of R&D at the MoMA, sets sail off the coast of Sardinia ? snaking through the wavy sea with friends. She jumps off the boat, slides into the water, and makes her way to the rocks as her friends hang back, making dinner aboard. While keeping her eyes on the horizon and the setting sun, her mind wanders to the rockier questions in her life: How will she make the right choice for her future? The answer, she realizes, is right in front of her. Life is just like sailing: Some days there are bright skies, some days rolling waves. She just has to look for the right winds and waves to take her where she wants to go.

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2020-01-27
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Making humanity appear, magically, by DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson is one of America?s most recognized and admired activists. But before that, he was a 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 about it. But it is magic.

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2020-01-20
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Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

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.

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2020-01-13
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Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

How to teach a classroom full of "difficult" kids? By meeting them where they are, and finding a way in. This is something that Sinéad Burke sees every day in her teaching career. Her own life experience has taught her how to turn everything that excludes someone into something that includes, by looking for that common ground we all have with one another. 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/

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Read the transcript for this episode:

http://podcast.meditativestory.com/p/29

2020-01-07
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My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

Watching her daughter chase a balloon through a graveyard, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi comes to realize that maybe she can learn from four-year-old Cady. After the death of her husband, Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of "When Breath Becomes Air," Lucy focuses on Cady, on teaching Cady how to deal with grief and loss. But as Cady bounds through the cemetery, on the way to see her dad, she teaches Lucy. She sees things that Lucy misses. She doesn?t bring as many assumptions to situations, so it?s easier for her to see them as they are. For Cady, right now, at this age, things just are.

Read "When Breath Becomes Air."

Read the transcript for this episode.

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2020-01-02
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Acting as if you are bold, by A.J. Jacobs

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.

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2019-12-17
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Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

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.

"When we truly see ourselves, we?re more able to see others too." ? Susan David

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2019-12-10
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Learning to see what is in front of me, by Siri Hustvedt

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.

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2019-12-03
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Standing in my own truth, by Moj Mahdara

No boys. No dresses. As a teen, Moj Mahdara, founder of the fashion media company Beautycon, knows she?s different. And growing up in a traditional Iranian household, she struggles to reveal her own true identity. When two long-term houseguests descend ? her grandmothers ? Moj is shocked to learn that each woman has a surprising story of identity of her own. She learns secrets. She also learns that generations before her, family members had fought to define themselves. And it?s through these old souls that Moj finds the strength to stand in her own truth. Listen here.

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=591

One more song from Afat, accompanied by amazing photos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vog2KTa7Juw&feature=youtu.be

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2019-11-26
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Starting the story of my life again, by Keith Yamashita

Fluent in cheating time to squeeze productivity out of every minute, entrepreneur Keith Yamashita recounts the frightening details of a devastating stroke as it is actually happening, and discovers the second part of his life. It isn't a medical recovery. It?s an awakening. 

2019-11-19
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Surrendering my old identity ? and finding myself, by Catherine Reitman

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.

2019-11-14
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Allowing sound to reveal life?s wonder, by Stephen Kuusisto

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.

2019-11-05
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One envelope at a time, by Hannah Brencher

When's the last time you hand-wrote a letter? Author Hannah Brencher shares a simple story about the value of connecting on paper.

2019-10-29
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Navigating life in my own skin, by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

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.

2019-10-22
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Finding permission to pursue my own dreams, by Josh Radnor

Tuxedo-clad, face covered in makeup, hair slicked and parted in the middle, jumping around a creaky stage, teenage Josh Radnor (now an actor, producer and director) makes a life-changing discovery: He can act. And he loves it. But what to do now? At 16 years old, all Josh knows is that his ambition to act is at odds with everything that surrounds him, and with what he thinks his family expects of him. He can?t imagine the future he is born to live ? that is, until a guidance counselor calls him into her office. With a stern order to never stop acting, Josh is seen for the first time. He must borrow courage from that high school guidance counselor until he finds his own courage onstage.

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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.

2019-10-15
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Hitting the open road to find my way home, by Peter Sagal

Host of NPR?s Wait, Wait...Don?t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal is wrecked and stuck in the wake of a divorce. Suddenly, he finds himself with two free weeks. In need of a healthy distraction, Peter jumps on his Harley for a long solo trip out west. Though he has a destination in mind, what he finds on those quiet, desolate, curvy roads is a new focus, a new voice. And though his aim was to fill his time, he begins to appreciate the quiet ? where he can actually hear himself.

2019-10-08
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Finding my own reflection, by Jane McGonigal

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.

2019-10-01
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How to find -- and feed -- your passion, by Danny Meyer

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.

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2019-09-24
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The perfect photograph I never took, by John Moore

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.

2019-09-17
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I let go of my plan ? and found myself, by Krista Tippett

Sitting around tables with arms experts, moving missiles around a map of Europe as if it were a gameboard, On Being's Krista Tippett grabs the moment to dislodge herself from the exhilaration of power. The journey that ensues leads her to a remote cottage in Spain where a chance encounter with a retired accountant, Robert, creates the space to redirect her life forever. 

Read Krista's book "Becoming Wise."

Learn about The On Being Project

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2019-09-10
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Fighting my fears ? and winning in spite of losing, by Thomas Page McBee

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 McBee

Web: Learn more about writer Thomas Page McBee

2019-09-03
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Building a bond with my son, by Dan Harris

Broadcaster Dan Harris shares a candid look at his attempts to connect more with his son, Alexander, on their first father-son trip.

2019-08-27
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Our tiny meaningful lives in the vast universe, by Michelle Thaller

Renowned astronomer and science commentator Michelle Thaller shares a story about cosmic awe and deep connection ? both to our fellow human beings and to the universe around us.

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2019-08-20
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To visualize ... and then make it so, by Larry Jackson

In a tiny studio in Tampa, Florida, with new-to-the-scene Jennifer Hudson and a Pomeranian dog named Grammy, young music producer Larry Jackson begins to feel the heat. It?s his job to not only make music, but to make hits. And it?s not happening. From an early age, Larry has had to scramble to make things happen for himself ? and chance luck has made him a bit superstitious. The creative process can be terribly disheartening when the elusive spark never comes. Sometimes the power of believing ? of willing something into reality ? is all we have. And that's where Larry's journey begins.

2019-08-13
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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 teenage 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.

2019-08-06
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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 sees his best option is to set out and explore a city he never planned to visit in the first place. Pico's expectations, like anyone traveling to a new place for the first time, are to distract himself with new experiences and try to make sense of the world around him. What happens, though, couldn't be more unexpected. A feeling of recognition and familiarity washes over Pico as if he's been there all along. What happens next is anything but a layover.

2019-08-02
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My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

Watching her daughter chase a balloon through a graveyard, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi comes to realize that maybe she can learn from four-year-old Cady. After the death of her husband, Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of "When Breath Becomes Air," Lucy focuses on Cady, on teaching Cady how to deal with grief and loss. But as Cady bounds through the cemetery, on the way to see her dad, she teaches Lucy. She sees things that Lucy misses. She doesn?t bring as many assumptions to situations, so it?s easier for her to see them as they are. For Cady, right now, at this age, things just are.

Read "When Breath Becomes Air."

Read the transcript for this episode.

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2019-07-30
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Introducing Meditative Story

Every week, you?ll receive a different Meditative Story from a storyteller who will transport you to the time and place where everything changed for them ? a story you might find yourself relating to deeply. As the story unfolds, mindfulness guide Rohan will offer gentle prompts designed to calm your mind and help you connect with your own observations. Your entire experience will be elevated by gorgeous music that rides ethereally above the narrative. Shifting between music and vibration, the sound design brings each Meditative Story to life, with the aim of giving you the headspace to feel restored and refreshed.

2019-07-22
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