118 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 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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 2.2K 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!

    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 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. It isn’t the recipes to learn. It’s the process.

    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: https://meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    NEW: Become a member of Meditative Story to support the show as we move away from a corporate advertising model. Your annual membership supports making the show available for free! More: http://meditativestory.com/membership




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    • 29 min
    Three tools for happy, healthy gatherings, by Rohan Gunatillake

    Three tools for happy, healthy gatherings, by Rohan Gunatillake

    Learn these calming techniques to help navigate tricky family dynamics, the challenges of disconnecting from work, and the loneliness that can arise at even the most joyful times of year. Notice them, name them, release them.

    To learn more about the RAIN mindfulness technique – an acronym first coined by senior Buddhist teacher, Michele McDonald – visit Tara Brach’s website (you’ll see how Rohan’s version relates to Michele's original technique and Tara’s revised one): https://www.tarabrach.com/rain/#rainchange

    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: https://meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    NEW: Become a member of Meditative Story to support the show as we move away from a corporate advertising model. Your annual membership supports making the show available for free! More: http://meditativestory.com/membership

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

    • 13 min
    Ignoring inner me, by Meredith Arthur

    Ignoring inner me, by Meredith Arthur

    All her life, Meredith Arthur is a model of competence and control, and it sweeps her higher and higher up the professional ladder. But inside, something isn’t right. After a painful wake-up call, Meredith drops the version of herself that she’s constructed and starts noticing the one she’s long neglected.

    Learn more about Meredith's website Beautiful Voyager: https://bevoya.com

    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: https://meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    NEW: Become a member of Meditative Story to support the show as we move away from a corporate advertising model. Your annual membership supports making the show available for free! More: http://meditativestory.com/membership

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

    • 28 min
    My roads diverging, by Steve Almond

    My roads diverging, by Steve Almond

    It happens not in a yellow wood, but in author Steve Almond's befuddled 20s, when he is facing for the first time a decision that might actually matter. To the left lies success. To the right, something more interesting.

    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: https://meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    NEW: Become a member of Meditative Story to support the show as we move away from a corporate advertising model. Your annual membership supports making the show available for free! More: http://meditativestory.com/membership

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

    • 28 min
    The heart comes out at night, by Rev. Monique Ortiz

    The heart comes out at night, by Rev. Monique Ortiz

    As a Night Minister with San Francisco Night Ministry, Rev. Monique Ortiz walks the dark streets of a beautiful and aching city – a city that transforms completely when the sun goes down. Reaching out to the most desperate souls, she learns to help in a way she hadn’t imagined.

    Learn more at www.sfnightministry.org

    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: https://meditativestory.com/

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    NEW: Become a member of Meditative Story to support the show as we move away from a corporate advertising model. Your annual membership supports making the show available for free! More: http://meditativestory.com/membership

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

    • 32 min
    Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

    Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

    The chaotic nature and noise of life as a musician – touring from city to city – eventually erodes Andrew Bird's ability to hear the music that is really inside of him. In a courageous effort to understand the faint calling of sound playing in his head, Andrew deserts his Chicago apartment for a rural piece of land where he believes an old farmhouse might unlock his personal renewal as an experimental multi-instrumentalist musician. There inside the reverberating wooden walls of a dilapidated barn, he begins to recalibrate – seeing, sensing, and interpreting the space around him musically. Rather than imposing his vision on the world, Andrew's music becomes a reflection of what the surrounding environment is trying to tell him. He learns that sometimes a sense of connectedness is easier to achieve alone, where you're able to find out what's happening inside you in order to make it sing outwards.

    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: https://meditativestory.com/

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD

    NEW: Become a member of Meditative Story to support the show as we move away from a corporate advertising model. Your annual membership supports making the show available for free! More: http://meditativestory.com/membership.

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

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

AK Arthur ,

Meredith’s Episode

I loved this episode so much it brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my face. And a few chuckles along the way. Both voices are so soothing ❤️

jmarthur ,

Ignoring Inner Me

I really enjoyed listening to Meredith Arthur’s episode on this podcast. Thank you for featuring such an introspective thought leader!

matt arthur ,

Informative and relaxing

I love the DNA of this podcast! My favorite episode so far is the one with Meredith Arthur.

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