Episodes
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
At a time when it feels like the world needs kindness more than ever, Rohan and the Meditative Story team share a unique, immersive exploration of the ways kindness can show up in all of our lives, featuring contributions from the Meditative Story community. This purposefully crafted pause from the rigors of daily life is an invitation to cultivate your own small moments of kindness and envelop yourself in warmth and goodwill. If this story resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you....
Published 11/28/23
In 2009, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is having one of the busiest years of his life. A nonstop tour schedule and monotonous daily routine have completely drained him of the energy he needs to create — the one thing that gives him the most joy. In this episode, Jason shares how an opportunity to disconnect on a four-day hike through the Peruvian Andes is just what he needs to remind himself that there is an infinite source of energy all around us. Listen to Krista...
Published 11/27/23
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. If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to...
Published 11/21/23
When the way we talk about our own bodies becomes negative and self-deprecating, it’s time to rewrite that inner monologue. Actress and director Kim Fields, star of The Facts of Life, Living Single, and the Netflix series The Upshaws, leads us through a process of reevaluating the words we say to ourselves. It’s an invitation to send love to every body part, even the ones that make us feel self-conscious or less than, and to find appreciation for all that our bodies can do. Find Kim on...
Published 11/14/23
In celebration of World Kindness Day, Rohan shares a simple and enriching meditation centered on the idea of performing small acts of kindness. These little actions can feel inconsequential in the moment, but they often have a ripple effect that expands outward and impacts more than we know. Whether it’s directed at a friend, a stranger, or ourselves, kindness holds a special and unique power. If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your...
Published 11/09/23
As a runner of marathons and ultramarathons, author and advocate Mirna Valerio knows a thing or two about finding reserves of power within herself. When she makes the decision to leave her job as an educator and build a new career around inclusivity in the running world, she must find a different kind of strength to take action and learns that it’s always there for her, even when her fear doesn’t go away. Listen to Morgan Harper Nichols' Mediative Story: "Belonging can be found far from...
Published 11/07/23
Keith Ferrazzi is the author of Never Eat Alone, a classic book about working relationships. But before he became an expert on building bonds at work, Keith is busy building emotional armor around himself – to hide his background, his ambitions, even his true feelings. He shares his story of building that armor, and then slowly learning to dismantle it, piece by piece. Find out more about Movember: https://us.movember.com/ If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you....
Published 11/01/23
In celebration of spooky season, Rohan is offering a trick or treat meditation designed to quiet our minds and help us drop into our bodies. First, we lay in wait for our next thought to arise, tricking our minds into alertness and presence. Then, the treat: placing all of our attention on areas of warmth in the body, soaking in those cozy feelings that are perfect for fall. If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your reflections by...
Published 10/30/23
During an extended stay in a remote corner of the California coast, award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg gains a new perspective on the universe. While pioneering techniques for capturing time-lapse and high-speed photography, Louie learns that the human conception of time is very narrow. It’s only by opening himself to the expansiveness of time that he’s able to gain a new appreciation for the here and now.  Listen to Max Richter's Meditative Story, "Music, memory, moments":...
Published 10/25/23
Urban farmer Indy Officianalis, host of National Geographic’s Farm Dreams, grew up knowing that nature was the place she felt most comfortable. When the world made her feel different, it was her private escape where she belonged. In this week’s episode, Indy tells the story of when she first learned nature could actually be an oasis for everyone, a place that erases differences and allows for new connections. Listen to Rachel Cargle's Meditative Story, "My side hustle to a better life":...
Published 10/19/23
What might we learn from the wisdom of a centenarian? Join Rohan for this guided meditation inspired by a family member’s 100th birthday. The lessons from a long life well lived can help us reflect on our own priorities, and enable us to think about our future years in a new light. Rohan will gently guide you through each decade from 1 to 100 to unlock potent lessons for the present moment. If this episode resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your...
Published 10/17/23
Celebrity chef Carla Hall wasn’t always interested in cooking. As a child, she finds that puzzles and play help her to discover her true character. When she falls upon a hard time, she instinctively turns to memories of her grandmother’s kitchen for comfort. In this episode of Meditative Story, Carla shares how sensory play finally allows her to solve her biggest puzzle yet — herself. Carla’s story is a key part of our new experience A Sense of Serenity. This 5-part email series will help you...
Published 10/10/23
Co-founder of Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and author of several popular books on Buddhism, Joseph Goldstein has been a legend in the world of mindfulness for nearly half a century. But when he returned to US from India in the early ‘70s, penniless and without a job prospect, he had no way of knowing what his future held. This week, Joseph tells the story of how he learned to keep himself open to all possibilities and embrace the uncomfortable feeling of not-knowing. Listen to Sharon...
Published 10/03/23
Having trouble quieting your mind at night? Join Rohan for this soothing, nighttime meditation designed to ease your body and mind into a restful sleep. Drawing on the close connection between mindfulness and relaxation, Rohan takes you step by step through the process of turning down your senses until all that remains is the quiet calm of rest. 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 Meditative...
Published 09/28/23
Jessamyn Stanley, author of Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance, realizes one day that her life has become filled with unwanted clutter. Suddenly, how she’s perceived on the outside no longer reflects what she feels on the inside. But in her efforts to minimize her footprint and live a minimalist life, Jessamyn learns something unexpected: She can choose to love who she is right now, messiness and all. Listen to Krista Tippett's Meditative Story, "What we discover when we’re not looking":...
Published 09/26/23
2x Emmy Award-winning TV host, journalist, and author Tamron Hall has hit milestones in her life that a younger version of herself would never have believed were possible. Part of the secret to her success is her willingness to try, even when she doesn’t know how things will work out. This is a lesson she learns from her grandfather, and from her mom, whose legacies teach her that there’s beauty in trying.  Listen to Majora Carter's Meditative Story, "Do great things — and take your...
Published 09/19/23
"Are you going to do this? Ever?" Standing at the edge of the highest diving board at the aquatic center, a young Adam Grant tries and tries, and tries to leap off. But he can't face down his fear — not so much of falling as losing control. So there he stands at the end of the board, paralyzed. In this story, Adam Grant, now a famed organizational psychologist, shares how a wise diving coach helped him outsmart fear — and take the leap. Visit Adam’s website: https://adamgrant.net/ Follow...
Published 09/12/23
It’s not surprising that Martha Beck, best-selling author and columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine, grew up as a high achiever. Attending Harvard University for both undergraduate and doctoral degrees, Martha spends years fighting to be the smartest person in the room and contending with serious anxiety. It’s only after a revelatory trip to Japan that Martha learns to put her rigid pursuit of intellect aside and find true happiness in the peaceful empty spaces between all things. Listen to...
Published 09/05/23
What do you do when your own body feels like the enemy? Spoken word artist and activist Andrea Gibson (You Better Be Lightning) spends years struggling with chronic illness, feeling as if their body is at odds with their anxious mind. It’s only when they learn to surrender control and embrace their physical sensations that they allow their body to guide them back to joy.  Listen to Kino MacGregor's Meditative Story, "My grandfather the Aikido...
Published 08/29/23