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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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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!

    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

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    Facebook: www.facebook.com/SharonSalzberg

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    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

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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

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    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/

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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

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    • 37 min
    Forging my own path, by Isha Sesay

    Forging my own path, by Isha Sesay

    Writer Isha Sesay is happiest when she is caring for others; it’s a lesson she learns from her mother while growing up in Sierra Leone. But as an adult, there’s another lesson her mother teaches her, in quite another way: that even the most caring and giving among us must learn to receive help too. It’s through both giving and receiving that we become whole.

    Listen to Arianna Huffington's episode of Meditative Story, "Life and love and the moment": https://link.chtbl.com/ArianaHuffington-IshaSesay

    Follow Isha Sesay on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamishasesay/

    Isha Sesay’s podcast, The Accidental Activist: https://the-accidental-activist.simplecast.com/ 

    Isha Sesay’s 2020 book, Beneath the Tamarind Tree: A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/beneath-the-tamarind-tree-isha-sesay?variant=32131159752738

    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.

    • 33 min

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