194. Stumble and Grace: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

194. Stumble and Grace: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Ballet Bunny meets some new friends. Although she stutters sometimes she wows them with her graceful dancing.

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 “Stumble and Grace” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:25

Stumble and Grace Excerpt:

Winds whistled through the trees and ruffled the little bunny’s fur.  She shivered and decided it was time to frolic. That always warmed her up.  Ballet bunny hopped left, then right, and then twirled up on her toes.  The little bunny danced around the bushes, gently holding the branches as she turned around and around.  Ballet leaped up into the air and landed, balancing on one foot.  She felt warm, cozy and now the wind ruffling her fur felt refreshing.  In fact the little bunny felt ready for a snack and a drink.  Gracefully, Ballet began to dance her way to the stream.

 

As the little bunny started her journey, she noticed two other bunnies on the path and stopped.  They turned and looked at Ballet.  Then they smiled.  “Hi I’m Bobby!”  And I’m Babette!” the bunnies said.

 

“I’m B-B-Ballet” the graceful bunny said, with a little hesitation. She never knew how others would react to her difficulties with speaking.

 

“Where are you going Ballet?” Babette asked.

 

“W-Well  I f-felt a little hhhungry so I thought I’d have a sssnack and d-drink.” Ballet replied.

 

“Oh, do you know a good place to eat?” Bobby asked, “I’m feeling hungry too?”

 

The kind dragon stopped and listened, recognizing the sound of Ballet’s voice.  And then Babette’s and Bobby’s.  The dragon hoped that Bobby and Babette would be patient with Ballet, and give her all the time she needed to speak.

Today’s Meditation: Gently sway like the graceful willow tree in today’s meditation.

Looking for stories that emphasize acceptance, understanding, and empathy? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Stumble and Grace,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Stumble and Grace!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

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!”

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
514. Shelter Pet Parade: a guided meditation and story for kids

514. Shelter Pet Parade: a guided meditation and story for kids

Missy the Dog and some of her friends come to the Ahway Island Animal Shelter to find their forever families.

Narrator: Female

Story Begins: 3:59

Shelter Pet Parade Excerpt:

Five new arrivals landed at Ahway Island Airport.  They were labeled “Handle With Care!”  In five special containers were Gilbert the Goldfish, MustardB the Parakeet, Missy the Dog, Kit the Cat, and Larry the Iguana.

 

On the flight over, the five had been talking. They were all being transferred to Ahway Island Animal Shelter, so that they all find their forever families and be adopted.

 

At first, they all had felt nervous, not knowing where Ahway Island was or what would happen when they arrived.  Missy Dog encouraged all of them to take a deep dragon breath in and out so that they would feel less nervous.

 

She was grateful they were all together, and she told them she had heard that Ahway Island was a very nice place, with people who loved their pets very much and considered them to be part of the family.  And that’s what each shelter pet wanted, a forever family.

 

The airplane ride had been noisy, but not too long, and after they landed, their carriers were brought off the plane and immediately placed into an air-conditioned van.  A man checked on each of them, to make sure they were ok.  As he checked each one, he called them by name.

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

Looking for a way to help your child learn emotional regulation and how to self soothe? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Happy Dragon,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Shelter Pet Parade” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

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

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

Thank you for listening to this week’s special story! 
508. Which One Fun: a calming children’s story

508. Which One Fun: a calming children’s story

Bobbi and Blanca Butterfly find some tasty wildflowers on a beautiful morning on Ahway Island.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:45

Which One Fun Excerpt:

Bobbi Butterfly stretched her wings in the early morning sun.  A gentle breeze rustled through the leaves signaling another beautiful day on Ahway Island. The air held a sweet scent.  Bobbi fluttered up into the breeze, curious to find the source of the scent.  As she flitted back and forth, this way and that, the scent got stronger and stronger until she came upon a beautiful meadow of wildflowers. 

 

What a glorious sight it was!  Tall yellow flowers waved in the wind as short purple flowers fluttered close to the ground.  In the middle were bright pink flowers that reflected the sunshine.  Bobbi landed on one of the pink flowers and tasted the nectar inside. It was absolutely delicious.  As she took another taste, another butterfly flitted by and landed on one of the purple flowers next to Bobbi’s pink one.  It was Blanca, Bobbi’s best friend.  

 

“Good Morning, Blanca” Bobbi called cheerfully.

 

“Bobbi! It’s you! Good morning!” Blanca replied.

 

“Isn’t it a lovely day?” Bobbi asked.

 

“Oh yes!” exclaimed Blanca.  

 

“What shall we do today?” Bobbi wondered out loud.

 

Blanca’s eyes were twinkling with excitement. “I had an idea.  Why don’t we taste as many flowers as possible and figure out which one has the sweetest nectar?”  

 

Both butterflies were very hungry, so this idea was very appealing.

Today’s Meditation: Imagine floating in a tranquil pool, safe and relaxed, as the water rocks you gently.

Looking for a podcast to help settle your child in for nap time, bedtime or a break?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Which One Fun” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Which One Fun!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

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

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

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 for listening with us today!
504. A Beautiful Flight: a soothing story and children’s meditation

504. A Beautiful Flight: a soothing story and children’s meditation

It’s a beautiful day and Hazen Hawk enjoys the scenery during a peaceful flight around Ahway Island.

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:16

A Beautiful Flight Excerpt:

It was a calm morning. The sun’s light was softened by the blanket of clouds covering the sky. Dew drops speckled the bright green grass, the petals of the white and yellow daisies, and the trees. With a yawn, Hazen Hawk opened his eyes and looked around the branches of the great oak tree in which he had slept so peacefully the night before.

 

Hazen stretched his wings out, gently brushing the leaves of the tree.

 

Water droplets fell off the leaves and onto a squirrel sitting below. The squirrel shook his tail, trying to stay dry, and looked up at Hazen, slightly annoyed.

 

“Uh…Hazen!” called the squirrel! “Excuse me, but…you got water all over me!”

 

“Oh no, I’m sorry!” replied Hazen, apologetically. “I didn’t mean to! I guess there’s a lot of dew on the trees this morning! My feathers are pretty wet, too. Sorry about that!”

 

“It’s okay,” said the squirrel with a smile. “I’ll dry off – it’s supposed to get warm out today! Have a nice day flying!”

Today’s Meditation: Feel calm and relaxed as you send kind energy to your heart.

Looking for a way to help your child learn emotional regulation and how to self soothe? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “A Beautiful Flight,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “A Beautiful Flight!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

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

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!” ♡

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!


Thank you for listening with us today!
184. Fly Away: a meditation and relaxing story for children

184. Fly Away: a meditation and relaxing story for children

Mac and Marley the caterpillars wake up to find they have changed. What will they find?

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 “Fly Away” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:40

Fly Away Excerpt:

The dragon peeked at the pair of chrysalises in the bush. It had been days since Mac and Marley, the caterpillars, had rested there, and the dragon was hoping that they were ready to come out again.  The chrysalises had already become clear.  The dragon could see something orange and black.  As the dragon watched, the chrysalises began to wiggle.  The excited dragon knew it was time!  

 

Slowly, Marley climbed out of the tight home she had napped in for days.  She looked over at Mac and smiled when she saw him start to emerge from his little home.  Hanging upside down from the branch, Marley began to stretch her wrinkly new wings.  Wait a minute. She had wings?  She looked over at Mac and noticed he had wings too!  When Marley settled in for her nap, she had been a yellow, white and black striped caterpillar. Now, both she and Mac looked like the orange and black butterfly they had seen twirling through the flowers!  Well kind of,… her wings were pretty wrinkled. As she waited for them to relax and lengthen she called to Mac.

 

“Hey Mac!  Look at this! I have wings! And you do too!” She exclaimed.  

 

Mac smiled at her as he hung upside down and said, “I know! Just wait until they’re relaxed.  Right now mine are so crinkled. But it gives me a chance to enjoy the view.  I’ve never seen the world from this angle.”

 

“What upside down?” Marley asked.

 

“Yep!” Mac said.  “Isn’t it neat!”

 

“It sure is! Marley replied.  “I like the lines underneath the leaves, they’re so delicate and pretty.”

 

“I like how the light shines up through my feet,” Mac said.

Today’s Meditation: Today, enjoy the feeling of your body relaxing into the warm sand on a sunny beach.

Looking for stories that emphasize acceptance, understanding, and empathy? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Fly Away,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “Fly Away!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

Digital Trends warns listeners that “you may not make it through an entire episode fully conscious.” Yay!

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

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.

Thanks, Mommy Poppins, for saying our “soothing stories are like melatonin for the soul!”

We’re included in 8 Snow Day Activities That the Whole Family Will Enjoy!

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
494. A Creative Mess: a calming nap time story for children

494. A Creative Mess: a calming nap time story for children

Helen and her friends Brianna and Rogelio are painting together, but painting can get messy.

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:19

A Creative Mess Excerpt:

It was a peaceful weekend on Ahway Island. In the basement of one of the little houses in the neighborhood, Helen and her friends, Brianna and Rogelio, had decided to spend the afternoon painting together.

 

Helen stopped painting for a moment to admire her art. She was painting a picture of her house, her family, and her dog.  A big, bright orange sun lit up the upper right corner of the painting. Green grass dotted with flowers filled the yard in the front of the house. To the side of the house, Helen had painted her family and her dog. Painting people and animals was more difficult than houses and flowers, Helen thought. But still, she was pleased with how everything was looking.

 

She especially liked that her house in the painting had a bright red door. In real life, her house’s door was brown. Helen always wanted to have a bright red front door, but her parents didn’t think that was necessary. But that’s one reason why Helen liked painting so much — she could make things whatever color she wanted! If she wanted a blue sun and a purple moon, then she would paint a blue sun and a purple moon!

Today’s Meditation: Relax in the grass as you imagine sunlight warming you from head to toe.

Looking for stories that emphasize acceptance, understanding, and empathy? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “A Creative Mess,” paired with meditations for kids. We help them drift off to sleep with a guided relaxation and a calming story. Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team, please visit our website.

Creating the original bedtime stories and art for Be Calm on Ahway Island takes a lot of time and care.

As a listener-supported podcast, we truly appreciate our members on Patreon. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining! Writing, recording, editing, and publishing episodes and managing digital platforms is an enormous endeavor. Our Patreon program will help continue to grow Ahway Island and we hope you will support us! You can choose from 3 different Membership Levels, all of which include access to our Archives and an extra episode each week!

Are you and your children enjoying our stories and self-soothing meditations?

We hope your child loved “A Creative Mess!” We ask for your positive reviews to help others find us, too! Please leave a 5-star review on your favorite podcast app (such as Apple Podcasts). And, please follow, like, and/or share our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ) to help us bring our original stories with positive messages to even more listeners!

In the press:

SheKnows recommends us as as a podcast you and your kids will love!

406 Families of Missoula lists us on their Favorite Podcasts for Kids roundup!

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.

Thank you for listening with us today!