583. A Safe Space: a children’s meditation and story

Avi Axolotl learns how to keep himself calm when he’s brought to a new place with new people to meet.

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 4:32

A Safe Space Excerpt:

It was a grey and cloudy day on Ahway Island. With curious eyes, Avi Axolotl looked out at what he could see of the world from within the big van where his travel tank was placed. He swam around slowly in the little tank as the van rocked gently on the roadbed. Today, Avi was being driven to the Ahway Island Animal Shelter.


Avi had never been to the Animal Shelter before and had never met any of the animals there. He felt a little nervous. What if there were no other axolotls there? What if the other animals thought that Avi was strange?


When the van finally arrived at the shelter, the driver brought Avi inside. The door opened and the brass bell hanging above the door rang sweetly above Avi’s head as his tank was carried in. Ding ding! Avi was placed on a counter in his travel tank.

Today’s Meditation: Picture floating in the safe and comforting waters of a tranquil pool.

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