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Meditative Story

WaitWhat + Thrive Global

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Meditative Story

Meditative Story

WaitWhat + Thrive Global

234
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1.5K
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

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.

28 MIN4 d ago
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Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

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 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/ Read thetranscriptfor this episode: http://podcast.meditativestory.com/p/29

30 MIN1 w ago
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Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

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 theMeditative Storynewsletter. Follow us onTwitterandInstagram. Read thetranscriptfor this episode.

19 MIN2 w ago
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My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

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.

25 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Acting as if you are bold, by A.J. Jacobs

Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

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

32 MIN2019 DEC 10
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Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

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.

20 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Learning to see what is in front of me, by Siri Hustvedt

Standing in my own truth, by Moj Mahdara

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 asAfat: 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

26 MIN2019 NOV 26
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Standing in my own truth, by Moj Mahdara

Starting the story of my life again, by Keith Yamashita

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.

26 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Starting the story of my life again, by Keith Yamashita

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.

27 MIN2019 NOV 14
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Surrendering my old identity — and finding myself, by Catherine Reitman

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.

19 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Allowing sound to reveal life’s wonder, by Stephen Kuusisto

Latest Episodes

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.

28 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

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 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/ Read thetranscriptfor this episode: http://podcast.meditativestory.com/p/29

30 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

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 theMeditative Storynewsletter. Follow us onTwitterandInstagram. Read thetranscriptfor this episode.

19 MIN2 w ago
Comments
My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

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.

25 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Acting as if you are bold, by A.J. Jacobs

Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

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

32 MIN2019 DEC 10
Comments
Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

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.

20 MIN2019 DEC 3
Comments
Learning to see what is in front of me, by Siri Hustvedt

Standing in my own truth, by Moj Mahdara

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 asAfat: 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

26 MIN2019 NOV 26
Comments
Standing in my own truth, by Moj Mahdara

Starting the story of my life again, by Keith Yamashita

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.

26 MIN2019 NOV 19
Comments
Starting the story of my life again, by Keith Yamashita

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.

27 MIN2019 NOV 14
Comments
Surrendering my old identity — and finding myself, by Catherine Reitman

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.

19 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
Allowing sound to reveal life’s wonder, by Stephen Kuusisto
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