286. A Trip with Teddy: a children’s bedtime story and meditation

Takoda Teddy Bear is going for a train ride. But first he has to take the escalator to the second floor.

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Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 12:50

A Trip with Teddy Excerpt:

The cloudy sky didn’t discourage Takoda. The soft and snuggly brown teddy bear felt excited anyway. Today he was going on the solar train with the little boy. As Takoda gazed outside the little boy popped out of bed, got dressed and then hugged his favorite bear. He was even more excited than Takoda. When it was time to go the little boy skipped as he walked with his mom and dad to the train station. The little teddy bear enjoyed feeling a bounce as he swung along with the boy’s step. Takoda looked around and took a deep dragon breath in and out as he enjoyed the fresh air.  In the distance stood a sparkling glass building with elevated train tracks just behind it.   The shiny new building seemed to grow in size as the family approached it.  Finally, just outside the train station, the boy and his teddy bear took a moment to admire the solar panels and vegetation on the roof over the softly rounded recycled glass panels and blossoming red roses. The train station was beautiful!  The little boy’s mom opened the door and asked, “Ready?”


The little boy smiled, said, “Yes!” and walked through.  Takoda felt amazed.  The sound of people talking bounced around him and filled the station.  Sunlight spilled onto the floor through the vast windows and reflected off of the metal.  Squiggles of sunlight danced on the ceiling.   The fuzzy brown teddy bear watched these light reflections, as the boy and his family stepped further into the station. Takoda knew that the tracks were up a floor or two and wondered how they would get there.  Would there be stairs? Or an elevator? The fluffy brown bear turned his attention to the path ahead of him and realized the family was headed straight for a giant escalator!

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