201. BCAI: Extraordinary Engine: a children’s story and meditation

As Alex the Train Engine chugs along his track he notices many ways to show love and kindness. What will he discover?

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Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:13

Extraordinary Engine Show Excerpt:

The switch was flipped and the little electric train whirred awake.  Alex the Engine was ready to start his journey through the house.  He was a lucky little train.  A track had been built for him up near the ceiling of each room, complete with tunnels.  He even had tunnels going from room to room so he could travel the house.


Chug a chug a chug a chug choo choo! The sound echoed in the room as Alex began to move forward.


He looked at the tracks ahead of him and followed the curves in the hallway.  Then up ahead Alex noticed a dark tunnel.  As he entered, he blew his whistle and it echoed.  The little engine smiled as he emerged in the kitchen. He looked down and saw the little boy give his dad a hug. The little engine smiled and thought that was charming.  Then the engine felt a little curious.  How many ways did the people in the house show each other how they cared?  It would be fun to find out.


He circled the kitchen and noticed that the little boy went over to the sink and began to dry the dishes, before his dad even asked him for help. That was loving, the little engine thought, and found the tunnel leading to the garage.


The tunnel to the garage was extra echo-y, so Alex tooted his whistle and enjoyed the sound. The little girl looked up as the train rolled through its tunnel and into the garage.  She smiled and then asked her mom if she needed any help.  The mom gave her a hug after she closed the car door, and handed the little girl a small bag to carry into the house.  The little girl seemed very proud to be able to help.

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