Meditative Story

By WaitWhat + Thrive Global

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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.

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Finding permission to pursue my own dreams, by Josh Radnor

Actor, filmmaker, and musician Josh Radnor takes us back to his very first time on stage — and introduces us to someone who gave him the push he needed to be true to himself. Please note that this episode includes language about self harm.

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Oct 15, 2019
Hitting the open road to find my way home, by Peter Sagal

NPR host Peter Sagal shares the story of a motorcycle trip he took through the middle of America – and how it gave him the space he needed to navigate.

Oct 08, 2019
Finding my own reflection, by Jane McGonigal

What's is like to be an identical twin? Game designer Jane McGonigal tells a story of similarity and divergence as she explores the magic of sharing DNA while becoming an individual.

Oct 01, 2019
How to find -- and feed -- your passion, by Danny Meyer

Restaurateur Danny Meyer takes us back to where it all began for him: a family trip to Europe and a simple plate of pasta. That memorable meal sparked a lifetime practice of discovery that continues to feed his creativity and his soul.

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Sep 24, 2019
The perfect photograph I never took, by John Moore

While filming one day in the Congo Rainforest, legendary photojournalist John Moore pursued the vision of a perfect photograph -- a vision that literally brought him to his knees. He shares the magic that can occur when you let go of the desire to control the outcome.

Sep 17, 2019
I let go of my plan — and found myself, by Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett, the host of "On Being," talks about the time she took a break from the intensity of life and just stopped to check in with herself – with deeply unexpected results.

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Sep 10, 2019
Fighting my fears – and winning in spite of losing, by Thomas Page McBee

Author and journalist Thomas Page McBee takes us into the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden, where he finds answers to some of his most profound questions through fighting – and along the way discovers what happens when you stop trying to win.

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Book: Amateur, by Thomas Page McBee

Web: Learn more about writer Thomas Page McBee

Sep 03, 2019
Building a bond with my son, by Dan Harris

Broadcaster Dan Harris shares a candid look at his attempts to connect more with his son, Alexander, on their first father-son trip.

Aug 27, 2019
Our tiny meaningful lives in the vast universe, by Michelle Thaller

Renowned astronomer and science commentator Michelle Thaller shares a story about cosmic awe and deep connection — both to our fellow human beings and to the universe around us.

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Aug 20, 2019
To visualize ... and then make it so, by Larry Jackson

Despite a lifetime of creative success, Apple Music’s Global Creative Director, Larry Jackson, didn't believe in the power of manifestation -- until he learned a valuable lesson from Jennifer Hudson and her Pomeranian, Grammy.

Aug 13, 2019
Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

Join a young Arianna Huffington on her journey from Athens to Cambridge, as she shares a lesson she learned from her mother of embracing life’s journey without being attached to the outcome.

Aug 06, 2019
A home that had been waiting for me forever, by Pico Iyer

Travel to Southeast Asia with writer Pico Iyer as he reveals what happens when we allow ourselves to be pulled forward into the unknown, when we wander and let ourselves experience the magic of the scenes unfolding around us.

Aug 02, 2019
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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Jul 30, 2019
Introducing Meditative Story

Every week, you’ll receive a different Meditative Story from a storyteller who will transport you to the time and place where everything changed for them — a story you might find yourself relating to deeply. As the story unfolds, mindfulness guide Rohan will offer gentle prompts designed to calm your mind and help you connect with your own observations. Your entire experience will be elevated by gorgeous music that rides ethereally above the narrative. Shifting between music and vibration, the sound design brings each Meditative Story to life, with the aim of giving you the headspace to feel restored and refreshed.

Jul 22, 2019