Dylan the duck wants a place to swim. His friend Zara is eager to help him. What will she do?

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:47

Big Pond Excerpt:

Zara the Kitten napped in the sunlight with her friend Dylan the Duck. The cozy warmth of her sunny spot caused the little kitten to purr. As she relaxed, a cloud drifted across the sky, covering the sun for just a moment. With that interruption, Zara sat up and Dylan quacked. It was a good time to get up. The little kitten hopped off the couch and waited while Dylan waddled his way down to the floor. Zara felt thirsty, so she hurried to her water fountain for a drink. As she did, Dylan waddled over and started to step into Zara’s water.

Zara meowed and moved quickly, so that her friend would not be able to wade in her dish. Dylan quacked at her. He needed to swim. The little kitten understood her friend needed water, but she did not want stinky feet in her drink. She thought a minute about how to help her friend. Then she smiled as an idea filled her head.

Today’s Meditation: Feel your body fill with warmth and love as you send your loving energy to the world.

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