Episodes
Meditative Story has received two nominations for this year's Webby Awards. We’d be grateful if you vote for both categories: Original Music Score / Best Sound Design: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2024/podcasts/features/original-music-score-best-sound-design Health, Wellness & Lifestyle: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2024/podcasts/individual-episodes/health-wellness-lifestyle *** When Kelly Rizzo’s husband Bob Saget passes away without warning, she’s faced...
Published 04/09/24
Published 04/09/24
This April Fool’s Day, Rohan embraces the sense of play that exists in all of us, designing a unique meditation to foster a feeling of alertness on this day of pranks. He then invites you to take on the mantle of the wise fool, that all-seeing court jester who upends convention and ensures that we all see the world through a brighter lens. Meditative Story has received two nominations for this year's Webby Awards. Please consider voting for both categories: Original Music Score / Best Sound...
Published 04/01/24
Alex Honnold, renowned rock climber and the subject of the documentary Free Solo, has always known how to do hard things. Yet he’s also had to learn that his drive to push himself will only take him so far. In today's episode, he tells the story of how he’s come to understand the importance of reading the conditions of the environment, and learning to adapt. Meditative Story has received two nominations for this year's Webby Awards. Please consider voting for both categories: Original Music...
Published 03/26/24
In honor of International Women’s Day, Rohan relates the story of a woman who greatly influenced his journey towards mindfulness and unknowingly helped shape the course of his life — Gaia House co-founder Christina Feldman. As this calming and enlightening anecdote unwinds, Rohan invites you to reflect on the strong women in your own life and examine how they embody the qualities you wish to see in yourself. Meditative Story has received two nominations for this year's Webby Awards. Please...
Published 03/19/24
Actress Zuri Adele, known for playing Malika Williams on the popular Freeform show Good Trouble, spent parts of her childhood largely isolated. But while attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Zuri becomes immersed in the rich history and ritual of the African diaspora. This week, Zuri shows us how embracing her community and her unique place in history allows her to trade her feelings of isolation for connection. Listen to Morgan Harper Nichols' episode of Meditative Story, "Belonging can be...
Published 03/12/24
Tami Simon, founder of the spiritual wisdom publishing house Sounds True, goes through much of her life feeling like an alien. Often misunderstood, Tami yearns to discover where she fits in. In today’s episode, she shares the story of how an otherworldly experience teaches her that she can tune into the frequency of finding belonging. Listen to Henry Shukman's Meditative Story here: https://listen.meditativestory.com/HenryShukmanNL Find out more about the incredible offerings from Sounds...
Published 03/05/24
What can we discover about time when we slow down and focus on each passing moment? This Leap Year gives us a special opportunity to reflect on our relationship with time. Join Rohan in this guided meditation about the nature of time, and how to embrace the fact that time, at its core, means change. We value your input. Please find the Meditative Story Survey here: https://meditativestory.com/survey If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to...
Published 02/29/24
Tony and Academy Award-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden recognizes that, like so many of us, she is who she is because of the people that raised her. In this episode, Marcia Gay tells the story of how she’s learned to reevaluate all that she inherited from her parents, and to let go of learned patterns that no longer serve her. To hear more from Marcia Gay, check out her upcoming children’s mindful bedtime podcast “Snoriezzz,” co-produced by Natalie Peyton. Listen to Shawn Colvin's...
Published 02/27/24
Growing up, Rachel Cargle was used to seeing things her family couldn’t afford. As she got older, became a writer, lecturer, and philanthropist, she continued to seek opportunities just beyond her grasp. Hard work and creativity allowed her to grow successful as an entrepreneur, but deeper challenges still remained. In this episode of Meditative Story, Rachel unfolds how she found fulfillment by turning her gifts outward. Listen to Larry Jackson’s episode of Meditative Story, "To visualize...
Published 02/20/24
Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter has long been able to tap into her unique gifts as an artist to create beauty. In today’s episode, she shares how she learned to use her gifts to create opportunities for healing as well, especially when mourning the loss of her friend and colleague Chadwick Boseman.  Find Ruth on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therealruthecarter/ Find Ruth’s book, The Art of Ruth E. Carter:...
Published 02/13/24
When life pulls us in a million different directions, it’s easy to feel distracted. The harder it is to quiet our minds, the more difficult it can be to find the moments of peace that are so essential to our well–being. In today’s meditation, Rohan guides us through three tools that can help us build our practice of finding steadiness and stability.  If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and reviewing...
Published 02/08/24
Lawyer and master communicator Jefferson Fisher loves taking care of other people. You can feel this in the supportive videos he posts on his wildly popular social media channels. Again and again he puts the wants and needs of others ahead of his own. In his story this week, Jefferson discovers the power of showing up for himself, and when he does, he’s given the chance to show up more fully for others. Listen to Jane McGonigal's Meditative Story, "Finding my own reflection":...
Published 02/06/24
Lulu Wang, writer-director of The Farewell, and Expats, grows up in a family where the expectations for her future are clear: she’s destined to become a piano prodigy, and she must be grateful for the sacrifices her parents have made to give her that opportunity. In today’s episode, Lulu tells the story of how she finally finds her own space away from those expectations, and in doing so, unlocks the joy of making her own discoveries. Listen to Franklin Leonard's Meditative Story, "Writing...
Published 01/30/24
Garrett McNamara is a legend in the surfing world who’s ridden some of the biggest waves on the planet. To maintain his surfing career, Garrett spends all his time and energy chasing the next big swell. But when he unexpectedly gets knocked off his board, he has to step away from doing the thing that makes him the happiest. He tells the story of how he learns to embrace all the moments life has to offer, rather than always chasing the next wave. Garrett’s television show “100 Foot Wave” won...
Published 01/23/24
CNN’s 2023 Hero of the Year, veterinarian Dr. Kwane Stewart, has long had a passion for helping animals. Yet when a difficult work environment leaves him entirely depleted, he starts to consider walking away from his profession forever. It’s only when an unexpected encounter reminds him to return to the fundamentals, that he rediscovers the magic of his craft. Listen to Hrishikesh Hirway's Meditative Story, "Giving myself permission to create":...
Published 01/16/24
Gretchen Rubin is an expert on happiness, and she's spent her career helping people build the habits to achieve it. But she assumed that if something works for her, it should work for just about anyone. A series of chance encounters, and a healthy helping of curiosity, makes Gretchen realize that maybe there isn't one path to happiness after all. That there's no right or wrong way to build a meaningful life, just the way that works for you.  Learn more at https://gretchenrubin.com/ Find the...
Published 01/14/24
Jon Foreman is a land artist who uses the raw materials of the environment to create breathtaking ephemeral pieces. His ability to see creative potential all around him is his superpower, but when his life presents him with the unexpected, he has to become more narrowly focused on his responsibilities. In today’s episode, Jon tells the story of how he eventually found his way back to his creativity, and gives himself grace for the times when his life is otherwise full. Listen to Jason Mraz's...
Published 01/09/24
The many highs of Tig Notaro’s comedy career (Emmy and Grammy nominations, creating TV shows, and hosting the “Don’t Ask Tig” podcast) may seem predestined. Yet these are all things that seem beyond the realm of possibility for young Tig. In the early 2000s she’s told that because she’s a woman, and she’s gay, and she’s low-key and deadpan, she’ll never make it. Today, she shares the story of how she learns to keep going, no matter how impossible the road may seem, and to remember that...
Published 01/02/24
At the cusp of a new calendar year, it’s easy to place our attention on things we’d like to change about ourselves. In today’s meditation however, Rohan encourages us to see the abundance of right now instead of what’s lacking, by putting our focus on each new breath, sound, thought, and sensation. It’s a celebration of the new that’s perfect for welcoming the fresh new year, or for anytime you might feel stuck in a loop. Thank you for being a part of our community in 2023, and we look...
Published 12/28/23
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...
Published 12/26/23
Jen Hatmaker — author and host of the For The Love podcast — is a charismatic, natural born leader. But growing up, Jen believes there are only certain roles women like her can be expected to perform. Roles that are always secondary to men in leadership. This week, Jen tells the story of embracing her inner lion and learning that we can be powerful in many ways, not just the ways we’ve been shown. Listen to Cristina Mittermeier's Mediative Story: "When the sharks start to circle":...
Published 12/19/23
Whether it’s by train, plane, or automobile, travel can produce a lot of stress in both the body and mind. Luckily, there are some simple things we can do to provide ourselves with relief. This week, Rohan shares a meditation designed for the busy travel season, aimed at grounding your body in the present moment no matter where you’re coming from or where you’re going. If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by rating and...
Published 12/14/23
Matthieu Ricard, photographer, humanitarian, and author of Notebooks Of A Wandering Monk, has spent years of his life in the presence of some of the world’s greatest mindfulness practitioners and felt the weight of their powerful compassion. In this episode, Matthieu shares how he learned to stop trying to analyze or understand this power, and instead let his mind experience and absorb it. Find Matthieu’s latest book, Notebooks of a Wandering Monk, here:...
Published 12/12/23
Tech entrepreneur and author of Everyday Dharma, Suneel Gupta spends much of his life feeling divided between his Indian and American identities. His desire to fit in with his peers forces him to hide parts of himself and turn away from his true purpose. In this episode, Suneel tells the story of how he finally learned to welcome all parts of himself and stand proud in everything that he is. Find Suneel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suneelgupta/ Learn more about Suneel:...
Published 12/05/23