539. Birthday Surprise: a calming meditation and story

Javier tries to give his mom a birthday surprise but things get a little bit messy.

Narrator: Male

Story Begins: 4:30

Birthday Surprise Excerpt:

It was a sunny autumn morning on Ahway Island and Javier was sitting at the kitchen table enjoying some cereal for breakfast.


He was really excited. Today was his mom’s birthday! Javier’s mom had left very early in the morning to go work at the hospital. Javier loved his mom so much. She was always working hard to make sure that people were happy and healthy on Ahway Island. To celebrate her birthday, Javier wanted to do something special for his mom. As he finished his cereal, a brilliant idea popped into his head.


“I know!” he thought. “I’ll blow up some balloons!” Javier always loved the colorful balloons his mom gave him on his birthday and other special occasions. And if it was hot enough outside, Javier and his mom would fill up water balloons!

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

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