March 31, 2020
A meditation for the moment, by Rohan Gunatillake.
March 21, 2020
In this classic episode, while working on an experiment to measure the age of the universe, astronomer Michelle Thaller is reminded once again about both the impersonal immensity around us, and the deeply personal significance of each one of us.
March 17, 2020
Jackals and leopards in the fields. The sound of a lion’s roar. Majestic African bush elephants outside the front door. This is childhood for Forrest Galante as a kid growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe. He’s adventurous and instinctive and connected to the living earth. But a sudden move to the U.S. puts him in a completely new territory. In discovering this new urban world in front of him, Forrest learns that the key for all of us, to key to survival, is to adapt.
March 10, 2020
There he is: pacing around the campfire, contemplating, ruminating. Then, with a crooked, mischievous smile, he begins. “Here’s a story…” This is a memory violinist Lindsey Stirling will always carry of her dad, the tireless storyteller, telling the tallest of tales, dreaming the biggest of dreams. But also a man who couldn't quite see his life-changing impact on others because of the disappointments that befell his own life. In looking back, Lindsey comes to realize that whatever becomes of us, what endures are the stories we create while trying to figure it all out. Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram:
March 2, 2020
"Why?” asks an insistent high school art teacher. “Why? Why? Why?” Staring blankly back, a young Jay Shetty has nothing to say. It’s an art project, it's just homework. A collage. It’s just … layers. The next day in a subway station, Jay's chance encounter with an ad peeling off the wall unlocks the truest answer. What he discovers that day about himself carries forward into college, when Jay meets a fellow student who's consumed by negativity and pain. There, the art project from so many years ago comes in handy in ways he never anticipates. Read Jay Shetty's book Think Like a Monk (listen to Think Like a Monk as an audiobook read by Jay). Jay hosts the podcast On Purpose with Jay Shetty. Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram:
February 24, 2020
Acceptance is about honesty – radical honesty. Seeing the world for what it is, and using it as the platform for wise action. Enjoy four stories from Season 1 that share moments of insight, honesty and change, from Moj Mahdara, Catherine Reitman, Jane McGonigal and Thomas Page McBee.
February 10, 2020
Sometimes life hands you an opportunity to renew. It may be a life-threatening stroke, a break in a relationship, or simply a growing sense that your direction needs changing. These five stories — of recovery, rediscovery and growth — come from Season 1 of Meditative Story. Listen all at once, or save each short story for when you need a mini break in your day. Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram:
January 27, 2020
One summer night Paola Antonelli, now curator and head of R&D at the MoMA, sets sail off the coast of Sardinia — snaking through the wavy sea with friends. She jumps off the boat, slides into the water, and makes her way to the rocks as her friends hang back, making dinner aboard. While keeping her eyes on the horizon and the setting sun, her mind wanders to the rockier questions in her life: How will she make the right choice for her future? The answer, she realizes, is right in front of her. Life is just like sailing: Some days there are bright skies, some days rolling waves. She just has to look for the right winds and waves to take her where she wants to go.
January 20, 2020
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.
January 13, 2020
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.
January 7, 2020
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?
January 2, 2020
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. Read "When Breath Becomes Air." Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Read the transcript for this episode.
December 17, 2019
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.
December 10, 2019
"When we truly see ourselves, we’re more able to see others too." – Susan David
December 3, 2019
To truly see what is right in front us, requires the practice of looking, of careful and sustained attention – without expectation or judgment. Join author and essayist Siri Hustvedt on an hours long trip to the museum spent in front of just one painting. And discover more than just what's on the canvas.
November 26, 2019
As a teen growing up in a traditional household and struggling to share her true identity, Moj Mahdara finds her path through her two grandmothers — who couldn’t be more different than one another. Under blankets, sharing secrets and stories, Moj learns that, generations before her, family members had fought to define themselves too. It is through old souls that Moj finds the strength to stand her own truth. Hear music from Moj's paternal grandmother, Moluk Anghoz (1934–2007), known as Afat: See Afat performing here and here. You can also hear Afat sing, accompanied with some amazing photos as well.
November 19, 2019
How do you rebuild a life after it very nearly ends? Entrepreneur Keith Yamashita tells his own story of how he learned to live again after a devastating stroke, to nourish himself and the world, and to take each moment as it comes.
November 14, 2019
As an actor and a new mom, Catherine Reitman felt pulled between two competing identities. To capture her frustration, her sadness, her truth, she wrote it all down. In sharing her darkness, she found a way to turn a light on for someone else.
November 5, 2019
Author and poet Stephen Kuusisto, who is blind, hears life expressed in sound, the weird and wonderful chance music of everyday life. And he's able to find meaning, big and small, in it all.
October 29, 2019
When's the last time you hand-wrote a letter? Author Hannah Brencher shares a simple story about the value of connecting on paper.
October 22, 2019
In precisely chosen words, the writer, artist and Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel tells a story from her girlhood, a road trip from LA to Louisiana in 1957. While five-year-old Zenju sits in the back seat dreaming of cowboys, her parents navigate an altogether different landscape. From them, from the trip, Zenju now believes she’s learned how to find her way in the world, in her skin.
October 15, 2019
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. If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online.
October 8, 2019
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.
October 1, 2019
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.
September 24, 2019
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. Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
September 17, 2019
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.
September 10, 2019
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.
September 3, 2019
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.
August 27, 2019
Broadcaster Dan Harris shares a candid look at his attempts to connect more with his son, Alexander, on their first father-son trip.
August 20, 2019
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.
August 13, 2019
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.
August 6, 2019
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.
August 2, 2019
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.
July 30, 2019
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.
July 22, 2019
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.
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