282. Welcome: a bedtime meditation and story

Anora and Alice spend a rainy day painting new signs for Ahway Island. Now visitors will know how to relax.

Hello everyone!  We hope you enjoyed our new story this week. Now, welcome to Favorite Friday! Sometimes we like to listen to our favorites again. Please enjoy “Welcome” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 10:01

Welcome Excerpt:

The falling rain drummed a steady beat on the roof of the house.  With a great gust of wind the rain increased the intensity of its rhythm.  Alice stopped and peered out the window.  It sure was dark outside.  As she watched rain drops roll down the window, thunder rumbled, telling Alice that today was an indoor day.  Alice felt her shoulders droop in disappointment.  Today Anora was coming over to play, and they always played outside.  Feeling her disappointment grow, Alice took a deep dragon breath in and out.  She knew Anora liked to keep busy. What could they do inside?  Alice took another deep dragon breath in and out and remembered finding the old Ahway Island sign.  She and Anora had decided that it would be nice to paint some new signs so that visitors could find Ahway Island and relax.  Alice looked at the clock.  She had about an hour before Anora would arrive.


Peeking into the study where her mom was busy working on her computer Alice asked, “Mom do we have any paint and some wood?” Alice’s mom stopped typing and looked up at her. “Well, we definitely have paint.  What do you need the wood for?” her mom responded, curious what her imaginative daughter was planning.

Today’s Meditation: Imagine floating on a cloud, and relax into the feeling of lightness.

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In the press:

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We’re honored that the website of Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

We’re reaching listeners internationally! Sassy Mama Hong Kong included us in their article on transitioning into the new year, Sassy Mama Singapore recommends us for limiting screen-time while sheltering at home, and Haven Magazine Australia included us in their tips for getting through the school holidays.

Thank you to Anne Bensfield and Pamela Rogers of School Library Journal for listing us as one of “8 Podcasts To Encourage Mindfulness!”


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