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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 an original series produced by WaitWhat and supported by our members. 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!

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    • 4.6 • 85 Ratings

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 an original series produced by WaitWhat and supported by our members. 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!

    Giving myself permission to create, by Hrishikesh Hirway

    Giving myself permission to create, by Hrishikesh Hirway

    On his podcast and TV show Song Exploder, Hrishikesh Hirway digs deep into the creative process of legendary songwriters. But before Hrishi becomes a podcast creator, he's a working musician himself … who finds his ability to create being slowly drained away by self-doubt. He stumbles into a case of songwriter’s block that lasts him nearly seven years. Today, Hrishi shares the story of how he gets drawn back into creating music through an unexpected collaboration.

    Listen to Andrew Bird's episode of Meditative Story, "Listening to the space around you": https://listen.meditativestory.com/AndrewBirdSpaceAroundYou

    Learn more about Hrishi Hirway: https://hrishikesh.co/

    Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.com

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    • 35 min
    Sharon Salzberg: How I found kindness as my compass

    Sharon Salzberg: How I found kindness as my compass

    By the time Sharon Salzberg is 16 years old, she knows the people around her don’t admit to suffering, much less talk about it. A year later, she makes a life-changing decision to travel alone to India to study meditation. It doesn’t all go as expected. Through the journey’s disappointments, discomforts, and surprise lessons, she finds an unexpected friend: herself. In today’s Meditative Story, Sharon talks about how being kind, especially to herself, became her biggest mountain to climb.

    Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    Learn more about Sharon:

    Website: sharonsalzberg.com

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/sharonsalzberg

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/sharonsalzberg

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/SharonSalzberg

    YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SharonSalzbergVideo

    Medium: www.medium.com/@sharonsalzberg

    Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/sharonsalzberg

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    • 35 min
    Building a bond with my son, by Dan Harris

    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.

    Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

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    • 26 min
    A funny rush of surprise, by Gordana Biernat

    A funny rush of surprise, by Gordana Biernat

    Gordana Biernat grows up in a household full of mayhem and darkness. But there’s one saving grace: her grandfather, who spins legendary stories of the quirky folkloric magic he sees all around them. In today’s Meditative Story, Gordana talks about reopening herself to the unseen and the “funny rushes of surprise” she encounters all around her when she stops dodging fear and starts seeking new chances to grow.

    Read a transcript of this episode: https://meditativestory.com

    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

    Learn more about Gordana Biernat’s work at: www.mypowertalk.com

    You can email her at info@mypowertalk.com

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    https://twitter.com/MyPowertalk

    https://www.facebook.com/SuperSoul100/

    https://www.instagram.com/mypowertalk/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordanabiernat

    http://www.supersoul.tv/supersoul-100/soul-teachers/gordana-biernat

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    • 34 min
    A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

    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: 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

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    • 29 min
    I focus on sensations that ground me, by Dallas Taylor

    I focus on sensations that ground me, by Dallas Taylor

    Today, Dallas Taylor is a creative director and creator of the beloved podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz. But before this, he had another life – one that brought immense pressure. He shares the story of how he comes to realize that feeling the weight of anxiety and fear doesn’t mean he’s broken. It means he’s human.

    Listen to Dallas Taylor's podcast, Twenty Thousand Hertz: (Apple | Spotify | Web)

    Listen to Aasif Mandvi's episode of Meditative Story, "Getting out of my own head": http://listen.meditativestory.com/AasifMandvi_WWs

    Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts. Read the transcript for this story at: www.meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Tanele33 ,

Great show

Love this show! It’s calming, interesting and relaxing. If you think plain meditation is to boring for you, try to listen into this podcast instead.

Abeshababe ,

My go to to calm a racing mind

I adore this show. When I want to drift off to sleep calmly I play an episode and fall asleep calm and content. It’s a beautifully put together podcast and I am a seasoned radio producer so really appreciate it. Well done!

jessizou ,

Original, inspiring, high quality podcast

If you are that kind of person value good movies, you probably think the same as me. I have been listing to meditated story for 3 years. I would say this is the only podcast that you feel like you’ve watched a good movie with ears( and heart) .

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