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Meditative Story

Meditative Story

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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 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 MIN1 d ago
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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 MIN1 w ago
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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 MIN2 w ago
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Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

What my father gave me, by Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin grows up in a dangerous house. There’s a dad with a hair-trigger temper. But there’s also a dad who builds things, and who plays music, who teaches Shawn how to play a guitar. Years later, an out-of-the-blue phone call gives Shawn the opportunity to explain to her dad what her childhood was like – and to forgive him. In this act of compassion, Shawn is able to let go of her own burden and find compassion for herself — who she is now and the lost little kid she used to be. Read a transcript of this story at: https://meditativestory.com/shawn-colvin/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

35 MIN3 w ago
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What my father gave me, by Shawn Colvin

Where the water takes me, by Donald Miralle

Twenty-four long miles into a grueling paddleboard competition, photographer Donald Miralle sights the buoy that tells him he's just a few miles from home. But what should offer a sense of relief provokes a feeling of dread. His body shuts down, his muscles refuse to work, his motivation dwindles. With nothing left to summon, he is desperate to quit. That’s when Donald spots a shadow in the water: a massive, majestic blue whale, serenely passing beneath his board. The rare sighting inspires awe in Donald, and an acceptance of forces beyond his control -- the wind, the waves, the tide and the whale. With restored confidence, Donald moves through his fear by leaning into the training that has prepared him for moments like this. And makes his way to shore. Read a transcript of this story at:https://meditativestory.com/donald-miralle/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

27 MINJUL 15
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Where the water takes me, by Donald Miralle

Creating my own sanctuary, by Angela Ahrendts

The strawberry field past the maple tree. A hidden nook beneath the stairs. The magical hour before anyone else is awake. Throughout her life, Angela Ahrendts has sought out sanctuaries – sacred spaces to reconnect and to dream, quiet moments to visualize what her next big decision might lead to, to stay open to the signs that help guide her. Now, after a series of bold career choices, Angela reflects on the decades-long journey that has brought her to this moment, and comes to realize that with each new day she has an opportunity to discover a new sanctuary -- because the truest sanctuary is the one within us all. Read a transcript of this story at:https://meditativestory.com/angela-ahrendts/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

30 MINJUL 8
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Creating my own sanctuary, by Angela Ahrendts

America's jam session, by Pastor Otis Moss

As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Otis Moss carries the torch for generations of church and civil rights leaders, including his own father, a regional director in the SCLC, and a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King. But it is his late sister Daphne whose influence most impacts his ministry and social advocacy. A brilliant young woman who struggled with schizophrenia, Daphne introduced a young Otis to what he calls “the continuum” – a spirituality born of poetry, literature and jazz that has woven its way through our history. Drawing as much from the beats of J Dilla as from the speeches of Dr. King; from the politics of Public Enemy as from the poetry of Langston Hughes; from John Coltrane and Miles Davis as from Reinhold Niebuhr and Abraham Joshua Heschel, Pastor Moss shares a timely, deeply personal story about the American jazz narrative -- how a disparate and diverse people who are not supposed to make music together do – and do so beautifully. Mus...

38 MINJUN 24
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America's jam session, by Pastor Otis Moss

A more spacious response to life, by Judith Grisel

Judith Grisel is an internationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and professor of psychology known for her research on the role of the brain in drug addiction. She is also a former addict. Years into her sobriety, Judy still labors to escape the painful feelings of loneliness and emptiness that have been with her since childhood. But when a friend presents her with a puzzling gift – an empty bowl – she is finally able to embrace the difficult feelings she’s spent a lifetime evading, and make peace with them. Read the transcript for this story athttps://meditativestory.com/judith-grisel/ Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

36 MINJUN 17
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A more spacious response to life, by Judith Grisel

There's no one way, by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is an expert on happiness, and she's spent her career helping people build the habits to achieve it. But sheassumed that if something works for her, it should work for just about anyone. A series of chance encounters, and a healthy helping of curiosity, makes Gretchen realize that maybe there isn't one path to happiness after all. That there's no right or wrong way to builda meaningful life, just the way that works for you. Learn more at https://gretchenrubin.com/ Find the Happier podcast at https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/ Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/gretchen-rubin/ Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

30 MINJUN 10
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There's no one way, by Gretchen Rubin

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 MINJUN 3
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A meditation to welcome change, by Rohan Gunatillake

Latest Episodes

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 MIN1 d ago
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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 MIN1 w ago
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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 MIN2 w ago
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Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

What my father gave me, by Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin grows up in a dangerous house. There’s a dad with a hair-trigger temper. But there’s also a dad who builds things, and who plays music, who teaches Shawn how to play a guitar. Years later, an out-of-the-blue phone call gives Shawn the opportunity to explain to her dad what her childhood was like – and to forgive him. In this act of compassion, Shawn is able to let go of her own burden and find compassion for herself — who she is now and the lost little kid she used to be. Read a transcript of this story at: https://meditativestory.com/shawn-colvin/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

35 MIN3 w ago
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What my father gave me, by Shawn Colvin

Where the water takes me, by Donald Miralle

Twenty-four long miles into a grueling paddleboard competition, photographer Donald Miralle sights the buoy that tells him he's just a few miles from home. But what should offer a sense of relief provokes a feeling of dread. His body shuts down, his muscles refuse to work, his motivation dwindles. With nothing left to summon, he is desperate to quit. That’s when Donald spots a shadow in the water: a massive, majestic blue whale, serenely passing beneath his board. The rare sighting inspires awe in Donald, and an acceptance of forces beyond his control -- the wind, the waves, the tide and the whale. With restored confidence, Donald moves through his fear by leaning into the training that has prepared him for moments like this. And makes his way to shore. Read a transcript of this story at:https://meditativestory.com/donald-miralle/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

27 MINJUL 15
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Where the water takes me, by Donald Miralle

Creating my own sanctuary, by Angela Ahrendts

The strawberry field past the maple tree. A hidden nook beneath the stairs. The magical hour before anyone else is awake. Throughout her life, Angela Ahrendts has sought out sanctuaries – sacred spaces to reconnect and to dream, quiet moments to visualize what her next big decision might lead to, to stay open to the signs that help guide her. Now, after a series of bold career choices, Angela reflects on the decades-long journey that has brought her to this moment, and comes to realize that with each new day she has an opportunity to discover a new sanctuary -- because the truest sanctuary is the one within us all. Read a transcript of this story at:https://meditativestory.com/angela-ahrendts/ Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

30 MINJUL 8
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Creating my own sanctuary, by Angela Ahrendts

America's jam session, by Pastor Otis Moss

As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Otis Moss carries the torch for generations of church and civil rights leaders, including his own father, a regional director in the SCLC, and a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King. But it is his late sister Daphne whose influence most impacts his ministry and social advocacy. A brilliant young woman who struggled with schizophrenia, Daphne introduced a young Otis to what he calls “the continuum” – a spirituality born of poetry, literature and jazz that has woven its way through our history. Drawing as much from the beats of J Dilla as from the speeches of Dr. King; from the politics of Public Enemy as from the poetry of Langston Hughes; from John Coltrane and Miles Davis as from Reinhold Niebuhr and Abraham Joshua Heschel, Pastor Moss shares a timely, deeply personal story about the American jazz narrative -- how a disparate and diverse people who are not supposed to make music together do – and do so beautifully. Mus...

38 MINJUN 24
Comments
America's jam session, by Pastor Otis Moss

A more spacious response to life, by Judith Grisel

Judith Grisel is an internationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and professor of psychology known for her research on the role of the brain in drug addiction. She is also a former addict. Years into her sobriety, Judy still labors to escape the painful feelings of loneliness and emptiness that have been with her since childhood. But when a friend presents her with a puzzling gift – an empty bowl – she is finally able to embrace the difficult feelings she’s spent a lifetime evading, and make peace with them. Read the transcript for this story athttps://meditativestory.com/judith-grisel/ Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

36 MINJUN 17
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A more spacious response to life, by Judith Grisel

There's no one way, by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is an expert on happiness, and she's spent her career helping people build the habits to achieve it. But sheassumed that if something works for her, it should work for just about anyone. A series of chance encounters, and a healthy helping of curiosity, makes Gretchen realize that maybe there isn't one path to happiness after all. That there's no right or wrong way to builda meaningful life, just the way that works for you. Learn more at https://gretchenrubin.com/ Find the Happier podcast at https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/ Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/gretchen-rubin/ Sign up for theMeditative Storynewsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

30 MINJUN 10
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There's no one way, by Gretchen Rubin

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 MINJUN 3
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A meditation to welcome change, by Rohan Gunatillake

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