51 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
    • 4.5, 1.7K 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.

    Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

    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/.




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    • 23 min
    Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

    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/

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    • 31 min
    What my father gave me, by Shawn Colvin

    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/

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    • 35 min
    Where the water takes me, by Donald Miralle

    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/

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    • 27 min
    Creating my own sanctuary, by Angela Ahrendts

    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/

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    • 30 min
    America's jam session, by Pastor Otis Moss

    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.

    Music by Ryan Holladay and Jonathan Mouton. Follow Jonathan on Instagram: @entertainer4lyfe

    Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/otis-moss/

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Lucky Black Cat ,

I cried

Love shawn. This helped me a lot. My story is same but i never got to say my truth. It’s ok. This helped and i can still tell him my truth

CherCherK ,

Deeply Personal and Painful while so Beautiful.

So honest.

AnaBelaCS ,

Found me

En estos días difíciles para todos, este podcast me encontró... casi lloré escuchando las historias, la de cuarentena, la del universo y la ballena azul... Gracias.
I am looking for meaningful activities to do with my students when we go back to school. Is there any chance we can have a podcast like this for different school age children? This one would be perfect for high schoolers! How about one for the younger crowd! It would be an amazing SEL activity to do on a regular basis.

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