164 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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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!

    Henry Shukman: Soul Curriculum

    Henry Shukman: Soul Curriculum

    In this episode of Soul Curriculum, Rohan spends time with Henry Shukman, author and spiritual director of the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe. The two dive into the theme of deep listening and what it can open up in us; how to hone our ability to be present to the world around us and to each other; and the importance of finding mentors to guide us along the way. Join us to hear two soulful meditation practitioners in candid conversation.

    Listen to Henry Shukman's episode of Meditative Story, "What deep listening unlocks for me": https://listen.meditativestory.com/HenryShukmanWW

    Henry Shukman is a Zen Master in the Sanbo Zen lineage and is the Spiritual Director at Mountain Cloud Zen Center, and co-director of the Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute. Before this, he taught poetry at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Oxford Brookes University. He has written several award-winning books of poetry and fiction, including the memoir One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart. His new meditation program, Original Love, offers a broad, inclusive path of practice.

    Read the transcript for this story at www.meditativestory.com

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

    Each episode of Meditative Story combines the emotional pull of first-person storytelling with immersive music and gentle mindfulness prompts.

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    • 25 min
    On board with my dad, by Mark Nepo

    On board with my dad, by Mark Nepo

    As an author and poet, Mark Nepo has spent decades writing about spirituality and serenity. But his life wasn’t always as calm as it is now. Growing up, Mark feels challenged by the demands of his perfectionist father and struggles to feel seen. Years later, after surviving a battle with cancer, Mark looks back and realizes that watching his father refurbish a boat in their backyard provided one of the most important, surprising lessons of his life.

    Learn more about Mark: MarkNepo.com

    Fine him on Facebook and Twitter: @MarkNepo

    Find him on Instagram: Mark_Nepo

    For upcoming webinars: Live.MarkNepo.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: www.meditativestory.com

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    • 35 min
    Morgan Harper Nichols: Soul Curriculum

    Morgan Harper Nichols: Soul Curriculum

    In this episode of Soul Curriculum, Rohan speaks candidly with songwriter, poet, artist, and musician Morgan Harper Nichols about the creation of her Meditative Story. They explore the role art plays in helping her to connect with herself and others, and how to stay open to the unforeseen ways in which a sense of belonging may arrive in our lives. As Morgan reveals, sometimes it takes risk and movement to shake us up and discover a deeper understanding of who we are. Join Morgan and Rohan as they reflect on these themes in this intimate conversation.

    Listen to Morgan Harper Nichols' episode of Meditative Story, "Heading halfway around the world to find myself": https://listen.meditativestory.com/MorganHarperNichols

    Learn more about Morgan: https://morganharpernichols.com

    Find Morgan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morganharpernichols/

    Where to purchase Morgan's latest book, Peace is a Practice: https://morganharpernichols.com/preorder

    Where to find Morgan's artwork: https://garden24.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

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

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    • 26 min
    My year of play, by Carla Hall

    My year of play, by Carla Hall

    Celebrity chef Carla Hall wasn’t always interested in cooking. As a child, she finds that puzzles and play help her to discover her true character. When she falls upon a hard time, she instinctively turns to memories of her grandmother’s kitchen for comfort. In this episode of Meditative Story, Carla shares how sensory play finally allows her to solve her biggest puzzle yet — herself.

    Listen to Danny Meyer's episode of Meditative Story, "How to find — and feed — your passion": http://listen.meditativestory.com/DannyMeyerSeason1

    Learn more about Carla: https://www.carlahall.com/

    Follow Carla on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlaphall/

    Follow Carla on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chefcarlahall

    Follow Carla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/carlahall

    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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    • 36 min
    Joe Wicks: Riding 2,000 miles to find my purpose

    Joe Wicks: Riding 2,000 miles to find my purpose

    In the UK, Joe Wicks became a household name early in the pandemic with his daily workouts, called “PE with Joe,” that helped millions of us keep moving and laughing. Early on in his own life, Joe learns first-hand how fitness can help people survive hard times, as he runs miles to escape from a chaotic childhood. As he begins his adult life, he embarks on a 2,000-mile bike ride — but this time, he realizes, he’s not racing away from his fears, but running toward his purpose.

    Listen to Robin Arzón’s episode of Meditative Story, "Even a superhero starts with small steps": http://listen.meditativestory.com/RobinArzon_WW

    Learn more about Joe: https://www.thebodycoach.com

    Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebodycoach/

    Subscribe to his YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

    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.

    • 34 min
    To be seen on my own terms, by Lex Gillette

    To be seen on my own terms, by Lex Gillette

    Lex Gillette is a 5-time medalist at the Paralympic Games, and a world record holder in the long jump, but he’s more than that too. As he learns to navigate the world after losing his sight, he’s worried about being left out and overlooked — or, just as bad, being seen only in terms of his disability and his athletic gifts. Lex shares the story of how he began to forge his identity on his own terms, creating a spotlight that he steps into with his entire being.

    Listen to Cal Ripken Jr.’s episode of Meditative Story, "Showing up is never an end in itself": http://listen.meditativestory.com/CalRipkenJrWW

    Learn more about Lex: https://www.lexgillette.com

    Follow him on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@lexgillette

    Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexgillette/

    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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