192 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 • 2.5K 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!

    Writing the main character, by Franklin Leonard

    Writing the main character, by Franklin Leonard

    What’s the hardest part about being the main character in your own life? You’re also writing the script as you go along. And sometimes it’s hard to know when you need a scene change. Filmmaker Franklin Leonard encounters plenty of dramatic moments as he seeks to follow his creative dream. But those big moments, he comes to realize, aren’t what will change him into the person he truly wants to be. Change happens not in an explosion or a sudden shift of scenery, but slowly, in moments of reflection, and sometimes after years of pleasing others. What matters is … it happens.

    We are thrilled to share that Franklin Leonard's Meditative Story was awarded Best Individual Episode in the category of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at 2023’s inaugural Signal Awards.

    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/franklin-leonard/

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

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    • 29 min
    Finding magic in the quiet moments, by Jade Bowler

    Finding magic in the quiet moments, by Jade Bowler

    As a teenager, Jade Bowler is laser-focused on her dream of leaving home, with ambitious plans for the future. It’s only after her plans fall apart that Jade realizes big achievements aren’t the only thing that can bring her happiness. Reveling in smaller, quieter moments of casual magic shows her the beauty of everyday existence.

    Listen to Jacob Sartorius' Meditative Story "I take a breath. I buy myself a moment": https://listen.meditativestory.com/JacobSartoriusPIO

    Find Jade on all your social media platforms @UnjadedJade 

    Unjaded Jade YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@UnJadedJade/featured

    Jade's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unjadedjade/

    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: 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
    Eric Whitacre: Soul Curriculum

    Eric Whitacre: Soul Curriculum

    Figuring out how to express your authentic self is a journey in discovering what lights you up. For Eric Whitacre, the choral composer and conductor, these lessons came to him through his passions for outer space, water, and music. Join Eric and Rohan in this conversation about how Eric learned to channel his energy into creating meaningful connections and finding his place in the world, and consider what instrument might be most (metaphorically) you.

    Eric’s masterclass series, The Beautiful Mess: https://virtualschool.ericwhitacre.com/

    Eric's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericwhitacre/

    Eric's Water Night: https://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/water-night

    Eric’s website: ericwhitacre.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: 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.

    • 29 min
    Our tiny meaningful lives in the vast universe, by Michelle Thaller

    Our tiny meaningful lives in the vast universe, by Michelle Thaller

    Michelle Thaller is an astronomer and science communicator who helped unveil the latest images from the Webb Telescope — the one that's currently sending us never-before-seen images of deep space. In her Meditative Story, she explores the significance of a single human — you — in a universe so immense that your very existence is of no consequence ... yet of every consequence.

    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: 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.

    • 27 min
    To swim in a sea of stars, by Eric Whitacre

    To swim in a sea of stars, by Eric Whitacre

    Choral music composer and conductor Eric Whitacre directs choirs around the globe, but as a kid in northern Nevada, he feels like the black sheep. He doesn’t know how to channel his endless energy to create meaningful connections or find his place in the world. His remarkable experiences with outer space, multi-part harmonies, and a (literal) leap of faith teach him crucial lessons about embracing what lights him up to be his true self.

    Listen to Max Richter's episode of Meditative Story "Music, memory, moments": https://listen.meditativestory.com/MaxRichterPIO

    Learn more about Eric:

    Eric’s website: ericwhitacre.com 

    Eric's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericwhitacre/

    Find Eric’s masterclass series, The Beautiful Mess, here: https://virtualschool.ericwhitacre.com/

    Listen to Water Night here: https://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/water-night

    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: 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
    Jai Punjabi: Soul Curriculum

    Jai Punjabi: Soul Curriculum

    Staying connected with our loved ones is not always easy, especially if, like Jai Punjabi, you live far away from home. As a founder of Wait What, the company behind Meditative Story, Jai’s work in New York means his once-a-year visit to the family home in Bombay, India, is precious time. Made even more so by the food he eats when he’s there with his family. But what makes the dishes so delicious? Join Rohan and Jai as they unpack the ways in which the spirit of culinary improvisation, and putting trust in the process, can translate from the kitchen to the rest of our lives.

    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: 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.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

HeatherLarson ,

Love this one

Sometimes it’s just the best for relaxing or falling asleep.

Muttervonhenry ,

My favorite

This is hands down my favorite podcast. I listen to it every night, so I wish there were a new episode every day … but I make do by cycling through the existing episodes over and over again! It really helps me to wind down and to put life in perspective. The stories, the music, the mindfulness - it is all perfect and I would not change a thing about this podcast.

hawaiianemily5 ,

Profound

There aren’t many apps I keep coming back to. This is one of my TOP. When a new episode is released, one of the first to listen. Mahalo for the beautiful content, looking forward to what the new year brings for this space. 💫

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