180 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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    • 4.5 • 2.5K 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!

    Alex Morris: Soul Curriculum

    Alex Morris: Soul Curriculum

    In today’s Soul Curriculum, Rohan speaks candidly with writer Alex Morris about how to become more comfortable asking for help. As Alex shares, it’s often our preconceptions of how we will be received that prevent us from reaching out. However, as Alex realizes in his own story, when we take the risk and acknowledge our need for help, people around us rise to our aid and can help make our world wider. Alex also reinforces the beauty of helping's reciprocal nature: How good it can feel to be honest both in the ways we need help, and the ways in which we are able to step up for others.

    Listen to Alex Morris' full episode of Meditative Story, "Dancing on my own": https://listen.meditativestory.com/AlexMorris_Nov10

    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/

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    • 19 min
    Michael Imperioli: The courage to trust, the courage to create

    Michael Imperioli: The courage to trust, the courage to create

    When actor Michael Imperioli is 17, he makes an impulsive move: on the day he's supposed to drive up to college, instead he takes the train down to New York City and signs up for acting classes. His parents are baffled, but they give him an enormous gift: they trust him. As he grows as an artist, Michael realizes the way that the courage to trust – in your instincts, in your teachers, and in one another – is what forms the foundation for a brave, creative life.

    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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    • 28 min
    The last laugh, by Sara Benincasa

    The last laugh, by Sara Benincasa

    As a young writer and performer, Sara Benincasa found her voice doing stand-up comedy. For years, it seemed better than therapy. But slowly, doubts surfaced. While the external validation she received made her feel successful and even loved, something was missing. In this episode of Meditative Story, Sara shares how she came to look inward, instead of outward, for richer feelings of worth. 

    Sara Benincasa’s monthly podcast, "Well, This Isn't Normal," is about mental health and stress relief. Find it on Apple, Spotify, and Stitcher.

    More about Sara Benincasa: 

    Her website: SaraBenincasa.com

    Instagram: https://instagram.com/SaraJBenincasa

    Find her weekly newsletter, Saratonin: SaraJBenincasa.Substack.com

    She writes essays here: SaraJBenincasa.Medium.com

    Sara’s Patreon includes the newsletter, access to private essays, and an exclusive weekly podcast: Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa

    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: meditativestory.com/sarabenincasa

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

    Three tools for happy, healthy gatherings, by Rohan Gunatillake

    No matter what emotions are brought up for you during the holiday season, the mindfulness techniques explored in this episode will leave you feeling relaxed even when the holiday brings challenges like tricky family dynamics, the difficulty 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: 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.

    • 13 min
    Patton Oswalt: It's chaos, be kind

    Patton Oswalt: It's chaos, be kind

    When life hands you an unimaginable sorrow, how do you begin to recover your joy, your connection, your creative spark? In a special crossover episode with our friends at the Spark & Fire podcast, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt (you might know him as the voice of Remy in “Ratatouille”) shares a powerful story about how he slowly reclaimed his creative spirit after a tragedy that left him questioning everything. It’s a story of family, community, and connectedness, co-hosted by Rohan and Spark & Fire host June Cohen.

    Listen to the full episode of Spark & Fire at sparkandfire.com.

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    • 20 min
    Notes to self, by Case Kenny

    Notes to self, by Case Kenny

    Sitting in the school library, staring down at his unfinished chemistry homework, pre-med student Case Kenny feels helpless. He faces a difficult choice: did I choose the wrong major? And who will I disappoint if I admit that? Now an acclaimed podcaster (New Mindset, Who Dis?), Case shares three stories from his early life about being wrong, and how he slowly learns what’s right for him. The key: Learning to see wrongness as a chance to re-examine who he is and what his right next step might be.

    Find Case Kenny on Instagram: @case.kenny

    Explore Case’s podcast: New Mindset, Who Dis

    Case is the creator of mindfulness journals like The New Mindset Journal and But First, Inner Peace. 

    AND: he’s the creator of the dance music x mindfulness show Zen Disco.

    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: 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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

Jamiem2113 ,

Deeply touching to the soul

This podcast is incredibly touching to the human soul. Each story has given me so much comfort while easing me into sleep. If I don’t make it to the end, I try the next night. I suffer from CPTSD and sleep has become so difficult. This podcast has really changed things for me and I have been able to fall asleep much more than before. I truly am grateful for this podcast.

TraMicBis ,

Best reminder to be mindful!

I found this podcast about two years ago. Rohan‘s voice, the incredible storytelling, and the reminders to be mindful are invaluable.

ServeLeadInspire ,

Powerful and Inspiring

If you are looking for a podcast that is inspirational and will put you in a peaceful and purposeful mindset, then look no further because it is right here. 💯

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