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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 2.9K 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!

    Rethinking our relationship with time, by Rohan Gunatillake

    Rethinking our relationship with time, by Rohan Gunatillake

    What can we discover about time when we slow down and focus on each passing moment? This Leap Year gives us a special opportunity to reflect on our relationship with time. Join Rohan in this guided meditation about the nature of time, and how to embrace the fact that time, at its core, means change.

    We value your input. Please find the Meditative Story Survey here: https://meditativestory.com/survey

    If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and reviewing Meditative Story in your podcast player. It helps other listeners find their way to the show, and we’d be so grateful.

    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

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    • 11 min
    Redefine your generational patterns, by Marcia Gay Harden

    Redefine your generational patterns, by Marcia Gay Harden

    Tony and Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden recognizes that, like so many of us, she is who she is because of the people that raised her. In this episode, Marcia Gay tells the story of how she’s learned to reevaluate all that she inherited from her parents, and to let go of learned patterns that no longer serve her.

    To hear more from Marcia Gay, check out her upcoming children’s mindful bedtime podcast “Snoriezzz,” co-produced by Natalie Peyton.

    Listen to Shawn Colvin's Meditative Story, "What my father gave me": http://listen.meditativestory.com/ShawnColvinWW

    Find out more about Marcia Gay here: http://theofficialmarciagayharden.com/

    Find Marcia Gay on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mgh_8

    We value your input. Please find the Meditative Story Survey here: https://meditativestory.com/survey

    If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and reviewing Meditative Story in your podcast player. It helps other listeners find their way to the show, and we’d be so grateful.

    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

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: https://meditativestory.com/subscribe

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    • 37 min
    My side hustle to a better life, by Rachel Cargle

    My side hustle to a better life, by Rachel Cargle

    Growing up, Rachel Cargle was used to seeing things her family couldn’t afford. As she got older, became a writer, lecturer, and philanthropist, she continued to seek opportunities just beyond her grasp. Hard work and creativity allowed her to grow successful as an entrepreneur, but deeper challenges still remained. In this episode of Meditative Story, Rachel unfolds how she found fulfillment by turning her gifts outward.

    Listen to Larry Jackson’s episode of Meditative Story, "To visualize ... and make it so": http://listen.meditativestory.com/LarryJacksonSeason1

    Learn more about The Loveland Foundation, Inc., Rachel's non-profit organization offering free therapy to Black women and girls: https://thelovelandfoundation.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: meditativestory.com

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: https://meditativestory.com/subscribe

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    • 33 min
    Recognize the healing powers of your gifts, by Ruth E. Carter

    Recognize the healing powers of your gifts, by Ruth E. Carter

    Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter has long been able to tap into her unique gifts as an artist to create beauty. In today’s episode, she shares how she learned to use her gifts to create opportunities for healing as well, especially when mourning the loss of her friend and colleague Chadwick Boseman. 

    Find Ruth on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealruthecarter/

    Find Ruth’s book, The Art of Ruth E. Carter: https://www.chroniclebooks.com/products/the-art-of-ruth-e-carter

    If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and reviewing Meditative Story in your podcast player. It helps other listeners find their way to the show, and we’d be so grateful.

    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

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: https://meditativestory.com/subscribe

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    • 40 min
    Finding steadiness and stability — a practice for distracted minds, by Rohan Gunatillake

    Finding steadiness and stability — a practice for distracted minds, by Rohan Gunatillake

    When life pulls us in a million different directions, it’s easy to feel distracted. The harder it is to quiet our minds, the more difficult it can be to find the moments of peace that are so essential to our well–being. In today’s meditation, Rohan guides us through three tools that can help us build our practice of finding steadiness and stability. 

    If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and reviewing Meditative Story in your podcast player. It helps other listeners find their way to the show, and we’d be so grateful.

    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

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: https://meditativestory.com/subscribe

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

    • 14 min
    Show up for yourself to show up for others, by Jefferson Fisher

    Show up for yourself to show up for others, by Jefferson Fisher

    Lawyer and master communicator Jefferson Fisher loves taking care of other people. You can feel this in the supportive videos he posts on his wildly popular social media channels. Again and again he puts the wants and needs of others ahead of his own. In his story this week, Jefferson discovers the power of showing up for himself, and when he does, he’s given the chance to show up more fully for others.

    Listen to Jane McGonigal's Meditative Story, "Finding my own reflection": https://listen.meditativestory.com/JaneMcGonigalPIO

    Find Jefferson on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jefferson_fisher

    Find Jefferson on Facebook: https://facebook.com/justaskjefferson

    Find Jefferson on TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@justaskjefferson

    If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and reviewing Meditative Story in your podcast player. It helps other listeners find their way to the show, and we’d be so grateful.

    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

    Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter: https://meditativestory.com/subscribe

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

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

Making calm my mindset ,

Taking it down a notch or two

I regularly listen in the middle of my workday. Grateful for this brilliant and calming podcast.

witn355 ,

Can’t say enough good things

I started listening to Meditative Story in 2020 in the beginning of the pandemic. It was and still is a life saver for me. I love the stories, sometimes listening to them over and over. Rohan’s calming voice and presence is grounding for me. I recommend this to all my friends and family. Keep the stories coming and thank you 🙏 💜

funier ,

Best show ever

This show can change your life. I’ve been meditating for many years and this is a subtle reminder of how important Rohan is and the rest of the team. I appreciate everything you do.

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