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Meditative Story

Meditative Story

WaitWhat + Thrive Global

549
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5.3K
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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 cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

Growing up on his father’s ranch in Elko, Nevada, Waddie Mitchell watches the cowboys around him with awe, silently absorbing their stories and manners – how to shoe a horse, start a colt, lead a crew and tell a tale. Through the buckaroos he learns that adventure and freedom aren’t things to seek elsewhere – that embedded in the raw materials of his own life, in the sounds and smells of the ranch itself, are the real rules for living that don’t get written down. Learn more about Waddie Mitchell at waddiemitchell.com Read a transcript of this episode: https://meditativestory.com/waddie-mitchell/ Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week:http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

29 min2 d ago
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A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

As a young girl raised on the gravel roads of central Texas, Mickey Guyton falls in love with country music – but as a Black woman in a traditionally white industry, her authenticity is constantly questioned: Too Black. Too white. Not country enough. Plagued by self-doubt, Mickey's breakthrough comes when she leans in to what makes her unique – and finds her true voice. Mickey Guyton's new EP, Bridges, featuring the songs "Heaven Down Here" and "Black Like Me," is available now. Read a transcript of this story at http://meditativestory.com/mickey-guyton Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week:http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

28 min1 w ago
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Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

When a years-long relationship ends, author and filmmaker Jennifer 8. Lee makes the startling discovery that she lacks an inner monologue – a voice inside articulating thoughts and feelings, reflecting on the past and planning for her future. At first she feels inadequate, as if she's missing a "sense" that everyone has but her. But the more she talks with others, the more she wonders if its absence may just be a blessing in disguise. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/jennifer-8-lee/ 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

22 min2 w ago
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That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

The teacher who asked a new question, by Lang Lang

Considered a prodigy in China, Lang Lang arrives to the U.S. certain of what it takes to be the best pianist in the world – dedication, discipline, hours of solitary practice. But when a legendary teacher poses an unexpected question, Lang Lang comes to understand that becoming a true musician will require more than hard work – that it’s not so much what he puts out that matters most, but what he takes in: new music, languages, art, literature, foods, and friends. As Lang Lang’s world expands, his ambitions move away from seeking fame alone to becoming an infinite student infinitely learning, eventually connecting him even more deeply with his own culture – and, ultimately, with himself. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/lang-lang/ 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

33 minAUG 19
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The teacher who asked a new question, by Lang Lang

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 minAUG 12
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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 minAUG 5
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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 minJUL 29
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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 minJUL 22
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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

Latest Episodes

A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

Growing up on his father’s ranch in Elko, Nevada, Waddie Mitchell watches the cowboys around him with awe, silently absorbing their stories and manners – how to shoe a horse, start a colt, lead a crew and tell a tale. Through the buckaroos he learns that adventure and freedom aren’t things to seek elsewhere – that embedded in the raw materials of his own life, in the sounds and smells of the ranch itself, are the real rules for living that don’t get written down. Learn more about Waddie Mitchell at waddiemitchell.com Read a transcript of this episode: https://meditativestory.com/waddie-mitchell/ Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week:http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

29 min2 d ago
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A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

As a young girl raised on the gravel roads of central Texas, Mickey Guyton falls in love with country music – but as a Black woman in a traditionally white industry, her authenticity is constantly questioned: Too Black. Too white. Not country enough. Plagued by self-doubt, Mickey's breakthrough comes when she leans in to what makes her unique – and finds her true voice. Mickey Guyton's new EP, Bridges, featuring the songs "Heaven Down Here" and "Black Like Me," is available now. Read a transcript of this story at http://meditativestory.com/mickey-guyton Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week:http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

28 min1 w ago
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Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

When a years-long relationship ends, author and filmmaker Jennifer 8. Lee makes the startling discovery that she lacks an inner monologue – a voice inside articulating thoughts and feelings, reflecting on the past and planning for her future. At first she feels inadequate, as if she's missing a "sense" that everyone has but her. But the more she talks with others, the more she wonders if its absence may just be a blessing in disguise. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/jennifer-8-lee/ 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

22 min2 w ago
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That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

The teacher who asked a new question, by Lang Lang

Considered a prodigy in China, Lang Lang arrives to the U.S. certain of what it takes to be the best pianist in the world – dedication, discipline, hours of solitary practice. But when a legendary teacher poses an unexpected question, Lang Lang comes to understand that becoming a true musician will require more than hard work – that it’s not so much what he puts out that matters most, but what he takes in: new music, languages, art, literature, foods, and friends. As Lang Lang’s world expands, his ambitions move away from seeking fame alone to becoming an infinite student infinitely learning, eventually connecting him even more deeply with his own culture – and, ultimately, with himself. Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/lang-lang/ 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

33 minAUG 19
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The teacher who asked a new question, by Lang Lang

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 minAUG 12
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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 minAUG 5
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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 minJUL 29
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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 minJUL 22
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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
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