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Shawn Colvin grows up in a dangerous house. There’s a dad with a hair-trigger temper. But there’s also a dad who builds things, and who plays music, who teaches Shawn how to play a guitar. Years later, an out-of-the-blue phone call gives Shawn the opportunity to explain to her dad what her childhood was like – and to forgive him. In this act of compassion, Shawn is able to let go of her own burden and find compassion for herself — who she is now and the lost little kid she used to be.Read a transcript of this story at: https://meditativestory.com/shawn-colvin/Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Shea Hembrey is 5 years old, walking along the road to his farmhouse on the edge of the Mississippi River Delta, where the floodplains meet the Ozark Mountain foothills. The undulating hills surrounded by dense rows of oak, sassafras, sugarberry, and persimmon trees. He spots a pale, smooth-polished fleck: an egg! “This is a baby bird,” he tells his parents. “And I’m going to hatch it.” From that point forward, his willingness to be patient – to let what is already there reveal itself – opens up the world to show its goodness. We all possess this kind of wonderful intuition, but you must pay attention to that knowing feeling and start to trust it.Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday:http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDFollow us on Twitter and Instagram:https://twitter.com/MeditativeStoryhttps://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/
Watching her daughter chase a balloon through a graveyard, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi comes to realize that maybe she can learn from four-year-old Cady. After the death of her husband, Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of "When Breath Becomes Air," Lucy focuses on Cady, on teaching Cady how to deal with grief and loss. But as Cady bounds through the cemetery, on the way to see her dad, she teaches Lucy. She sees things that Lucy misses. She doesn’t bring as many assumptions to situations, so it’s easier for her to see them as they are. For Cady, right now, at this age, things just are.Read "When Breath Becomes Air."Read the transcript for this episode.Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDFollow us on Twitter and Instagram:https://twitter.com/MeditativeStoryhttps://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/
Psychologist and author Susan David invites us into the sad days after she loses her father as a child – and the kind teacher who helped her carve out space to feel her grief and sadness honestly. It's a lesson she takes into her own journey as a parent."When we truly see ourselves, we’re more able to see others too." – Susan DavidSign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get an episode reminder and a meditation in your inbox each Saturday: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgDFollow us on Twitter and Instagram:https://twitter.com/MeditativeStoryhttps://www.instagram.com/MeditativeStory/
Fluent in cheating time to squeeze productivity out of every minute, entrepreneur Keith Yamashita recounts the frightening details of a devastating stroke as it is actually happening, and discovers the second part of his life. It isn't a medical recovery. It’s an awakening. 
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.Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.Read the transcript for this episode.
For Jai Punjabi, the most powerful connection to home is through food – specifically the wonderful Indian cuisine he was raised on. Hoping to preserve the recipes of his beloved family dishes, Jai returns to his parents’ home in Bombay, only to discover that the secret lay not in the ingredients, but in a way of being.
By the 1980s, Diana Nyad had left competitive swimming behind, embarking on a successful career as a sports broadcaster. But after a meeting with “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve — whose throw from a horse left him paralyzed from the shoulders down — she is reminded of a challenge that fueled her early athletic ambitions, and re-commits to living everyday just past the limit of what seems endurable.Get the transcript: meditativestory.comSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
“Pay attention to the small transitions, the ones whose potential is always here but sometimes overlooked.” Host Rohan Gunatillake tells three simple stories to draw our attention to the spaces where we realize change is happening. Standing in a doorway outside a school, he sees his small son growing, learning to take on the world. And sitting with the loss of a friend, he explores how we think about larger changes, ones we may yet need time to come to terms with.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Hi, listeners. I want to recommend a new podcast for the New Year that you can subscribe to now. It’s called Spark & Fire, and its aim is to help you live a more creative life. On each episode of Spark & Fire, an admired creator shares the story of their path to creating a beloved work of art – a book, a building, a musical collaboration. For example, Susan Orlean talks about writing The Orchid Thief, and Yo-Yo Ma explains how he created the Silk Road Project.It's created by the same team that produces Meditative Story. (In other words, it’s extremely well done.) If you love Meditative Story, you might find that the ideas behind Spark & Fire resonate with you too. If so, I invite you to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform, so that when the first episode appears in early January, you'll receive it automatically.Visit sparkandfire.com
Kaya Henderson has spent a career reimagining urban education for the 21st century. But Kaya’s faith in her own potential is tested during her first semester at a top-tier school. When she falls well short of her own standards, Kaya's exacting mother helps reframe her perspective on failure, turning what feels like the end of the road into a loving provocation to push on.Get the transcript: meditativestory.comSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
As the daughter of UN diplomat, Nadia Owusu grows up across several worlds. Trailing her father from Africa to Europe before moving to the United States for university, Nadia grapples with her fractured identity. But when Nadia returns to her father's village in Ghana, she finds an unexpected and affirming answer to who she is.Get the transcript: meditativestory.comSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Stephen Wilkes has a unique approach to photography that requires a sustained focus to capture subtle changes in light and perspective. The same could be said of the way he cared for his mother, whose resilience and love belied the trauma she experienced as a refugee from the second world war. Though it often falls on young Stephen to manage her spells, he is able to transcend his family’s haunted past by turning his gaze outward when the darkness threatens to consume him, transforming it into art.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
As we transition into a new season, and look forward to a new year ahead, we’re sharing these five short stories of people in motion. Listen for stories of birth, creative rebirth, and stories of starting over. Because the human spirit can continually find a new way to begin again. Featuring stories from writer and midwife Elizabeth Lesser, cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, country singer/songwriter Mickey Guyton, musician Andrew Bird, and the Reverend Otis Moss III.Look forward to Season 3 of Meditative Story, coming in early December with all-new stories and storytellers.Subscribe to the Meditative Story newsletter at http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD.
Times like these require faith, patience, and resilience. This short episode brings together moments from four beloved stories. Sharing a pivotal moment from their lives, these four storytellers explore the large and small insights that helped them find balance and connection in uncertain times. You'll hear from Wajahat Ali, Keith Yamashita, Judith Grisel, and Ghuan Featherstone, with gentle meditation breaks from our host, Rohan Gunatillake.Season 3 of Meditative Story begins in December, with all-new stories for you.Subscribe to the Meditative Story newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD.
As chief meteorologist for ABC News, Ginger Zee has traveled the world to cover historic storms and extreme weather. But her passion for storm chasing and adventure belies an emotional turmoil that’s been churning since childhood. It’s not until an assignment in Nepal, paragliding off a mountain cliff, that Ginger finally lays claim to the pain she’s long denied.
Best-known for his record-setting streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is widely regarded as one of Major League Baseball’s greatest all-time players. But for Cal, just showing up is never an end in itself. It’s how he shows up that distinguishes his legacy as an athlete, a lesson Cal learns by observing his father – a baseball legend in his own right – whose dignity on and off the field extends far beyond hard work and fair play alone.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Ghuan Featherstone is determined to go his own way –  to live with courage, kindness, and faith in justice. To be a cowboy. But growing up in a neighborhood rife with gang violence, the forces marshaled against him feel beyond his control. After visiting a little-known horse stable in South Central LA, Ghuan discovers a path to honor on the back of a horse, casting the most iconic American hero in his own image, and embracing the Cowboy Code he swore by as a boy.Learn more about Urban Saddles: https://www.urbansaddles.org/Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/ghuan-featherstone/Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Growing up on his father’s ranch in Elko, Nevada, Waddie Mitchell watches the cowboys around him with awe, silently absorbing their stories and manners – how to shoe a horse, start a colt, lead a crew and tell a tale. Through the buckaroos he learns that adventure and freedom aren’t things to seek elsewhere – that embedded in the raw materials of his own life, in the sounds and smells of the ranch itself, are the real rules for living that don’t get written down.Learn more about Waddie Mitchell at waddiemitchell.comRead a transcript of this episode: https://meditativestory.com/waddie-mitchell/Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
As a young girl raised on the gravel roads of central Texas, Mickey Guyton falls in love with country music – but as a Black woman in a traditionally white industry, her authenticity is constantly questioned: Too Black. Too white. Not country enough. Plagued by self-doubt, Mickey's breakthrough comes when she leans in to what makes her unique – and finds her true voice.Mickey Guyton's new EP, Bridges, featuring the songs "Heaven Down Here" and "Black Like Me," is available now.Read a transcript of this story at http://meditativestory.com/mickey-guytonSign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox each week: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
When a years-long relationship ends, author and filmmaker Jennifer 8. Lee makes the startling discovery that she lacks an inner monologue – a voice inside articulating thoughts and feelings, reflecting on the past and planning for her future. At first she feels inadequate, as if she's missing a "sense" that everyone has but her. But the more she talks with others, the more she wonders if its absence may just be a blessing in disguise.Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/jennifer-8-lee/Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Considered a prodigy in China, Lang Lang arrives to the U.S. certain of what it takes to be the best pianist in the world – dedication, discipline, hours of solitary practice. But when a legendary teacher poses an unexpected question, Lang Lang comes to understand that becoming a true musician will require more than hard work – that it’s not so much what he puts out that matters most, but what he takes in: new music, languages, art, literature, foods, and friends. As Lang Lang’s world expands, his ambitions move away from seeking fame alone to becoming an infinite student infinitely learning, eventually connecting him even more deeply with his own culture – and, ultimately, with himself.Read the transcript for this story: https://meditativestory.com/lang-lang/Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
Facing a dreaded 20-hour layover after weeks away from home, Pico Iyer decides to leave the airport and explore the city outside. He walks down the quiet streets, hoping to distract himself with a few new experiences. What happens, though, couldn’t be more unexpected. A feeling of recognition and familiarity washes over him. He feels as if he’s been in this city all along. What begins as a layover becomes something else altogether.Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/PicoIyer/.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
A glossy picture on the cover of a magazine. That’s all it takes for a teenaged Arianna Huffington to decide she’s going to leave her family and home – and the activity and warmth of her mom’s kitchen table – to start something new. Without speaking the language, or even knowing how to get there, Arianna decides she’s going to start a new life in a new place, propelled forward by her mom’s wise sense that life isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about having the adventure.Read the transcript for this story at https://meditativestory.com/AriannaHuffington/.Sign up for the weekly Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD.
It's early morning. A hotel room. Wajahat Ali, playwright and author, is traveling for work when he gets a call from his wife – she's sobbing, panicked, heartbroken. Their tiny daughter, Nusayba, has been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. And time stops. What can he do? Rage. Despair. Sob. Fight. Then ... let go. Waj shares the story of how his young daughter's fight with cancer taught him to strike a delicate balance between faith and action, between exhausting his efforts and accepting the outcome.Read a transcript of this story at: https://meditativestory.com/wajahat-ali/Sign up for the Meditative Story newsletter, to get a timely episode reminder and a mini meditation in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/gyDGgD
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Podcast Details

Created by
WaitWhat + Thrive Global
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jul 22nd, 2019
Latest Episode
Jan 14th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
71
Avg. Episode Length
26 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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