27 episodes

Meditative Story is a completely new kind of listening experience that blends intimate first-person stories with mindfulness prompts, enveloped in beautiful music composition. Every week, subscribers will receive a new Meditative Story from a storyteller who will transport listeners to the time and place where everything changed for them — a story that may be deeply relatable to the listener’s own life. As the story unfolds, mindfulness guide Rohan Gunatillake (founder of the popular Buddhify meditation app) offers prompts to calm the mind, and help listeners connect with their own observations. The entire experience is elevated by gorgeous music. Shifting between music and vibration, the exquisite sound design rides above the narrative, bringing each Meditative Story to life and giving subscribers the headspace to feel restored and refreshed. Meditative Story is a WaitWhat original series — created by the team who built and led TED’s media organization — in close partnership with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. The series is made possible with generous support from Salesforce.

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Meditative Story is a completely new kind of listening experience that blends intimate first-person stories with mindfulness prompts, enveloped in beautiful music composition. Every week, subscribers will receive a new Meditative Story from a storyteller who will transport listeners to the time and place where everything changed for them — a story that may be deeply relatable to the listener’s own life. As the story unfolds, mindfulness guide Rohan Gunatillake (founder of the popular Buddhify meditation app) offers prompts to calm the mind, and help listeners connect with their own observations. The entire experience is elevated by gorgeous music. Shifting between music and vibration, the exquisite sound design rides above the narrative, bringing each Meditative Story to life and giving subscribers the headspace to feel restored and refreshed. Meditative Story is a WaitWhat original series — created by the team who built and led TED’s media organization — in close partnership with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. The series is made possible with generous support from Salesforce.

    Making humanity appear, magically, by DeRay Mckesson

    Making humanity appear, magically, by DeRay Mckesson

    DeRay Mckesson is one of America’s most recognized and admired activists. But before that, he was magician. Not the kind who pulls a rabbit out of hat, but the kind who makes communities magically appear out of thin air. Every school DeRay ever attends, his name appears on the ballot for president of the student body. Why? Because through something as simple as student government, DeRay is able to bring people together in astonishing ways you just can’t see coming. Through countless elections and one seemingly impossible feat after another, DeRay designs the kind of world we all want to live. There’s no illusion or ticket about it. But it is magic.

    • 24 min
    Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

    Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

    How do you find joy in your life? For entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author Reid Hoffman, it’s through the act of genuine, honest, and intimate conversations with friends. Once a self-described misfit, in college, Reid finds his place. He connects with people who share not necessarily his interests but his curiosity, and his dedication to asking big questions. It is in asking the big questions, in discussing the answers, that Reid learns and grows – and begins to discover the meaning of his life.

    • 28 min
    Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

    Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

    One person can be the vehicle by which somebody else can feel seen and known. This is something that Sinéad Burke sees every day in her classroom. Her achondroplasia teaches her how to turn everything that excludes into something that includes, by finding common ground, by finding a way in. What can you do to build a way in for someone?

    Sinéad Burke is the host of her own amazing podcast: As Me with Sinéad Burke. Listen: https://www.lemonadamedia.com/show/as-me-with-sinead-burke/

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    • 30 min
    My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

    My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

    A mesmerizing story about the wisdom and delight you can find — even in the midst of tragic loss — by seeing life and death through the eyes of a child. Storyteller Lucy Kalanithi is the widow of Paul Kalanithi, who wrote the best-selling memoir "When Breath Becomes Air,” published posthumously in 2016. This story is a coda to his memoir.

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    • 19 min
    Acting as if you are bold, by A.J. Jacobs

    Acting as if you are bold, by A.J. Jacobs

    How do you build rapport with another person quickly? How do you bond? Author A.J. Jacobs shares a Meditative Story about the day he found himself on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", and how courage to take a risk might just be the best way to connect with someone else.

    • 25 min
    Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

    Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

    "When we truly see ourselves, we’re more able to see others too." – Susan David

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

himichelle321 ,

New fav

Delightful escape from my hectic commute. Interesting, engaging and relaxing. Love the format that incorporates guided meditation into the story. Highly recommend!

ara26hope ,

You saved my sister from me #good job

You stoped me from hurting my sister 👍also need more episodes

Millionth Maddow Fan ,

Poor audio

Voice is muffled. While I love the music, I cannot at times make out the narrator, who drops the ends of his sentences.

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