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Meditative Story

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Meditative Story

Meditative Story

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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

Bonus episode: Stories of acceptance

Acceptance is about honesty – radical honesty. Seeing the world for what it is, and using it as the platform for wise action. Enjoy four stories from Season 1 that share moments of insight, honesty and change, from Moj Mahdara, Catherine Reitman, Jane McGonigal and Thomas Page McBee.

28 MIN4 d ago
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Bonus episode: Stories of acceptance

Bonus episode: Stories of renewal

Sometimes life hands you an opportunity to renew. It may be a life-threatening stroke, a break in a relationship, or simply a growing sense that your direction needs changing. These five stories — of recovery, rediscovery and growth — come from Season 1 of Meditative Story. Listen all at once, or save each short story for when you need a mini break in your day. 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/ http://podcast.meditativestory.com/p/29

26 MIN2 w ago
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Bonus episode: Stories of renewal

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. 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/

24 MINJAN 28
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Riding waves, by Paola Antonelli

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. 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/

24 MINJAN 21
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Making humanity appear, magically, by DeRay Mckesson

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. 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/

28 MINJAN 14
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Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

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/ 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

33 MINJAN 7
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Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

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 thetranscriptfor this episode. 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/

22 MINJAN 3
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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. 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/

27 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

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 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/

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. 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/

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

Latest Episodes

Bonus episode: Stories of acceptance

Acceptance is about honesty – radical honesty. Seeing the world for what it is, and using it as the platform for wise action. Enjoy four stories from Season 1 that share moments of insight, honesty and change, from Moj Mahdara, Catherine Reitman, Jane McGonigal and Thomas Page McBee.

28 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Bonus episode: Stories of acceptance

Bonus episode: Stories of renewal

Sometimes life hands you an opportunity to renew. It may be a life-threatening stroke, a break in a relationship, or simply a growing sense that your direction needs changing. These five stories — of recovery, rediscovery and growth — come from Season 1 of Meditative Story. Listen all at once, or save each short story for when you need a mini break in your day. 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/ http://podcast.meditativestory.com/p/29

26 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Bonus episode: Stories of renewal

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. 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/

24 MINJAN 28
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Riding waves, by Paola Antonelli

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. 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/

24 MINJAN 21
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Making humanity appear, magically, by DeRay Mckesson

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. 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/

28 MINJAN 14
Comments
Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

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/ 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

33 MINJAN 7
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Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

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 thetranscriptfor this episode. 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/

22 MINJAN 3
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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. 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/

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

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 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/

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. 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/

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

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