Earlier this year, Cal was featured on the Meditative Story podcast, a first-of-its-kind podcast listening experience that combines the emotional pull of immersive storytelling with the immediate, science-backed benefits of mindfulness practice.
It was an experience much different than his typical media requests and interviews, but one that he quite enjoyed.
Cal reflects on the process:
Cal's interview with @MeditativeStory gives listeners a fascinating, deep-dive into stories from the Iron Man himself.
— Cal Ripken, Jr. (@CalRipkenJr) November 16, 2020
Created by the team who built and led TED’s media organization — in close partnership with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Meditative Story combines human stories with meditation prompts embedded into the storylines — all surrounded by breathtaking music.
In the episode, Cal reflects on how 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.
You can listen to the episode here.
The host had this to say about working with Cal on his episode:
Knowing that Cal will be sharing his story, I watched the footage from that game where he broke the record for consecutive appearances. It’s quite a thing: 22 minutes of the crowd celebrating his achievement. One minute for every hundred games. Cal shaking hands with fans, hugging friends, smiling, smiling. It’s a celebration of showing up. A celebration of always being there, no matter what. Let’s let go of any self-judgment and choose something within ourselves to celebrate. — ROHAN GUNATILLAKE