73 episodes

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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.5 • 2 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 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.

    Adam Grant: The fear never goes away. But it can be tamed.

    Adam Grant: The fear never goes away. But it can be tamed.

    "Are you going to do this? Ever?" Standing at the edge of the highest diving board at the aquatic center, a young Adam Grant tries and tries, and tries to leap off. But he can't face down his fear – not so much of falling as losing control. So there he stands at the end of the board, paralyzed. In this story, Adam Grant, now a famed organizational psychologist, shares how a wise diving coach helped him outsmart fear – and take the leap.

    • 31 min
    Sam Harris: Finding happiness amid the ordinary collisions of life

    Sam Harris: Finding happiness amid the ordinary collisions of life

    As a young man, facing two great losses one after another, philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris falls into a deep sadness. He ruminates, feeling stuck, lonely, and lost. But in a chance experiment, Sam learns to explore the landscape of the mind. And he stumbles upon a breakthrough that gives him the ability to think more clearly about every experience, good and bad; to let negative, distracting thoughts come and go, while building a foundation for happiness. In his story, Sam describes how we can live a much better life by noticing the thoughts that arise in our consciousness, rather than merely being swept away by them in each moment. In his story, and the wisdom he shares through his podcast and the Waking Up app, Sam teaches us one simple, profound truth: "Your life is right here to be enjoyed," he says, "and it can only be enjoyed by you."

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    Get a full transcript at https://meditativestory.com/sam-harris/

    • 21 min
    Aasif Mandvi: Getting out of my own head

    Aasif Mandvi: Getting out of my own head

    Actor, writer and comedian Aasif Mandvi has given us so many laughs in his role as a correspondent on The Daily Show – on stage and in television and films. But when a doctor diagnoses him with tinnitus (ringing in the ears), he has to come to terms with his own vulnerability and the unpredictability of life. This eventually leads him to imagine a world with more possibilities, including falling in love – when he asks himself, "What could life be like, if I wasn't trapped in my own head?"

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    Get a full transcript at https://meditativestory.com/aasif-mandvi/

    • 28 min
    David Duchovny: When the student is ready, the master may be long gone

    David Duchovny: When the student is ready, the master may be long gone

    Before his rise to fame, David Duchovny is a popular kid – charming, funny, bright and athletic, beloved by friends and teachers alike. But there’s one teacher who puts David off-balance, calling him out for foolishness where others see charm. Years after graduation, struggling to make it as an actor in Hollywood, David finally comes to recognize that what he mistook for dislike was in fact an encouragement to go his own way, in his own time.

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    Get a full transcript at https://meditativestory.com/david-duchovny/

    • 32 min
    The stuff I'm here to study: Life on life on life, by Nalini Nadkarni

    The stuff I'm here to study: Life on life on life, by Nalini Nadkarni

    Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni – known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy” – has spent a career clambering around tree tops, studying the interdependence of plants and animals in an ecosystem. But when an accident in the canopy brings Nalini's work to an abrupt halt, she is forced to reckon with interdependence of a profoundly different nature.

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    • 31 min
    Twenty-one meals with my family, in seven days, by Jai Punjabi

    Twenty-one meals with my family, in seven days, by Jai Punjabi

    For filmmaker Jai Punjabi, the most powerful connection to home is through food – specifically the wonderful Indian cuisine he was raised on. Hoping to preserve the recipes of his beloved family dishes, Jai returns to his parents’ home in Bombay, only to discover that the secret lay not in the ingredients, but in a way of being.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Twerdster ,

Remove the narration

These short experiential stories are lovely and legitimately create a calm atmosphere. However the narration is misplaced, jarring and shouldn't be there. Every time I hear the narrator inject some unnecessary and annoying "meditative" suggestion I groan loudly, outloud. The totally unauthentic Salesforce sponsor ad at the beginning is ridiculous. Do a regular ad or something less weird.

Mostly because of the narration I am unsubscribing. Which is a shame because I would love to hear the rest of the stories.

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