193. Dragon at Work: a soothing story and meditation for kids

193. Dragon at Work: a soothing story and meditation for kids

Today Dragon bravely goes to the construction yard and meets Ellie the excavator and Danny the Dump Truck.

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 “Dragon at Work” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:48

Dragon at Work Excerpt:

Sunshine streamed into the cave and gently woke the dragon.  The dragon sat up and stretched.  The dragon had decided to take the train’s advice and meet some vehicles before finding the people, and today was the day!  Although excited to go exploring, the dragon also felt nervous.  The curious dragon wasn’t quite sure how it could have both feelings at the same time, but that’s how the dragon felt.  Excited to be meeting new friends, and nervous that people might spot the dragon and run.  The dragon took a deep breath in and out and set off on the day’s adventure.

 

The dragon wound through the trees until the edge of the enchanted forest was in sight.  On the other side of the trees was the land of the people. The dragon peeked through the branches, curious to see what was there.  In the clearing were several garages with different colored doors. They faced each other and centered around a large circle of pavement.

 

The dragon took a deep dragon breath in and out and felt a bit more courageous. OK, it was time.  The dragon stepped out of the forest and walked over to the garages.  As it did, the red garage door began to roll up and an excavator rolled out.

 

The excavator blinked as she grew accustomed to the sunshine. The dragon smiled at her, and looked quite confident, if not for the tail swishing back and forth behind it, nervously.  The excavator looked a little surprised.  The dragon waved, hoping the excavator would understand. The excavator did.  She smiled back and said, “Hi my name is Ellie.  I haven’t seen you before. Where are you from?”

 

The dragon felt relieved that Ellie was friendly, and took a deep dragon breath in and out.  Flames gently rolled out of the dragon’s mouth, showing the forest, and then the cozy cave.

Today’s Meditation: Rest among the twinkling stars with today’s meditation.

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 “Dragon at Work” 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 “Dragon at Work!” 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!”

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.

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 your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
188. Train Talk: a calming story and guided relaxation for kids

188. Train Talk: a calming story and guided relaxation for kids

Dragon has explored Ahway Island and has met a lot of new friends, but is still curious and nervous to meet people. Will the train talk Dragon into being brave.

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 “Train Talk” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:20

Train Talk Excerpt:

The full moon glowed brightly, lighting up the dark blue sky. The dragon smiled and thought about what to do tonight.  The dragon had already visited the beach, the land of ice and snow, and the sanctuary. Although the dragon had friends in each place, the dragon wanted to explore one more.  It was time to explore the land where the people lived.  The dragon thought and thought.  Even though that was the next land to explore, the dragon still felt a bit afraid of how the people would respond to a green and red dragon that can breathe fire.  Should the dragon go to there, or go visit a friend in one of the other lands? Then an idea popped into the dragon’s head. The train spent a lot of time with people. Maybe the train could help. With a determined look, the dragon stepped outside the cave.  A soft Hmmm filled the air and the dragon knew the train was arriving.  The graceful dragon extended its wings and caught the wind, lifting up off the ground, this time heading to the train station.  It was late enough that the dragon expected the people would have already gone home.

 

As the train stopped at the station just beyond the forest, it felt a little surprised to see its friend, the dragon.  The dragon generally didn’t ride the train until it was returning home after a nighttime adventure.  The doors whooshed open and the dragon stepped aboard.

 

“Good evening!” the train said, as it began to roll forward along the track. “Usually I don’t see you until later, and then you are really tired.  What’s going on today?”

 

The dragon smiled and took deep dragon breath in and out the fire showed palm trees swaying, and waves rolling in and out, then the flames transformed the picture into an icy landscape. The fire changed once more into a picture of large trees and large fields.

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 “Train Talk,” 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 “Train Talk!” 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:

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!

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

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 your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
502. A Celebration on Ahway Island: a relaxation & conclusion of our special celebration story

502. A Celebration on Ahway Island: a relaxation & conclusion of our special celebration story

Everyone on Ahway Island brings a treasure to share at a big party celebrating friendship!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:21

A Celebration on Ahway Island Excerpt:

The sun shone brightly on Ahway Island. The sky was perfectly blue. The ocean waves were gentle. The breeze gently caused the trees and flowers to sway. It was as if the entire island was ready for a wonderful day.

 

And indeed, everyone on the island was ready for a wonderful day. Today was the day of the big Ahway Island celebration party!

 

Dragon woke up gently. Something felt special already. Eyes opening, and taking a big stretch, Dragon sat up and looked around. What was happening today? Something big, and something special. Oh yes! All of a sudden, Dragon remembered. Today was the day of the big Ahway Island party!

 

Quickly getting up, Dragon hurried outside. Oh yes, it was a gorgeous day, perfect for an outdoor celebration. Everyone had been asked to find a treasure to bring to the party to share with everyone else. Dragon’s treasure was strawberries, which would be picked from a small clearing not too far from the cave. Dragon would go pick them now to have plenty of time before the party.

 

Taking deep Dragon Breaths, savoring the fragrant morning air, Dragon walked quickly to the clearing where the strawberries were growing. Reaching the clearing, Dragon looked around for something to put the berries into after they were picked. Oh, that would be perfect – a great big banana plant leaf!

Today’s Meditation: Today, notice loving energy flowing through your body, from your feet up to your head.

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 Celebration on Ahway Island,” 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 Celebration on Ahway Island!” 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:

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

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.

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


Thank you for listening with us today!
183. The Search: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

183. The Search: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Inspired by Odin the owl’s story Dragon searches for Opel the oak in the enchanted forest.

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 “The Search” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:17

The Search Excerpt:

Sunlight flickered at the entrance of the dragon’s cave, gently teasing the sleepy dragon to come outside.  The dragon smiled and remembered the owl’s tale. The story of Opel the ancient Oak, chopped down to a stump, and now sustained through the love and energy of the other trees through their roots had really impressed the caring dragon.  Now that the dragon had satisfied the forest animals’ curiosity, it was time to search for that magnificent tree.  The determined dragon sat up from the mossy bed and stretched.  First, it was time to think about how to approach the challenge.  It would be difficult to spot the stump flying above. The other trees would have Opel shielded. So the dragon would need to explore on foot.  The dragon had never seen the tree stump, so the Oak was probably further into the forest than the dragon had been.  The dragon needed a plan to find a way home, since the oak stump was probably in an area of the forest where it would be easy to get lost.  The dragon looked around the cave and found some sparkling rocks.  They would work great! The dragon could set them on the ground as a clue of which way to go.  The dragon filled a little bag with the sparkling rocks and set off on the adventure.

 

The forest felt peaceful today. Sunshine filtered through the trees and danced on the ground, as branches swayed and leaves fluttered in the breeze.  Everything still looked very familiar.  All the paths were open and friendly.  The dragon knew from Odin the Owl’s story, that Opel the Oak stump was tucked deep in the forest, far away from the easy paths.  Looking carefully at the trees and the ground for any sign of an old path, the observant dragon noticed that the trees seemed to be growing closer together. The dragon smiled, thinking this was probably the way to the old oak. The clever dragon took a sparkling rock out of the bag and placed it on the ground outside one tight opening. The dragon weaved through the tight trees, stopping occasionally to set a sparkling rock on the ground, to show the way home.  Now the trees were so close, it was becoming difficult for the dragon to get through.  As the dragon squeezed between two pine trees, it thought they mumbled something.  Listening intently, the dragon decided it must have been the wind.  The dragon kept moving forward, careful to move the branches gently, when they were in the way.  Voices echoed in the wood.  “Look at this one.”  “Do you think it’s ok to let it by?”  “See how gently it moves our branches.” “I think it’s ok.” Now the dragon knew it was the trees who were whispering, not the wind.  Opel the oak must be close.  The trees must have sensed the kindness in the dragon, because they began to move their branches gently out of the way, so the dragon could pass through.  Weaving through the last bit of the tight forest, the dragon finally reached a slight opening. Sun shined brightly on a large stump, surrounded by happy purple and white flowers.  The dragon smiled, knowing that this must be Opel the oak.  The dragon stood still for a moment, taking in the energy of peace, love, and an ancient wisdom that filled the air.

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

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 “The Search,” 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 “The Search!” 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!

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

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

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
500. The Treasure Hunt: a meditation & extra-special celebratory story

500. The Treasure Hunt: a meditation & extra-special celebratory story

Everyone on Ahway Island is preparing for a big celebration by finding a treasure to bring to the party. What will Dragon bring?

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:14

The Treasure Hunt Excerpt:

It was a glorious morning on Ahway Island. The temperature was warm but not hot, the breeze was refreshing but not cold, and the sky was sunny but still sprinkled with white clouds. In the cozy cave, Dragon slowly woke up and stretched, taking a deep Dragon Breath in and out (deep breath). This was a very special day indeed, Dragon remembered. There was going to be an extra-special party the following afternoon in the big clearing in the middle of the Forest – a party celebrating the entire Ahway Island Family! Everyone had been asked to find a “treasure” – some little, special thing that could be brought to the party for everyone to enjoy.

 

After fully awakening, Dragon headed out of the cave and into the bright sunshine. What a gorgeous day! A crisp breeze rustled through the trees. Dragon breathed in the fresh, fragrant air, smiling. But what was that? Carried on the breeze was a sound – the sound of singing! After a moment of careful listening, Dragon recognized the voices. It was Freeda, Fernando, and Felicity Frog! They were singing in harmony about the upcoming party, to remind all the animals in the forest to be sure to attend. 

 

“An Ahway Island Celebration!” they sang. “Join our friends in jubilation! Bring a treasure then to share and show each other that you care!” 

 

Suddenly, Dragon saw something move in a nearby tree as Gerry Robin landed on a branch. She waved a wing at Dragon and sang out:

 

“Just bring a little something, anything at all; everyone is welcome, answer to the call!”

Today’s Meditation: Rest among the twinkling stars with 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 “The Treasure Hunt,” 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 “The Treasure Hunt!” 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 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.

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

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!

 

Thank you for listening with us today!
500. The Treasure Hunt: a meditation & extra-special celebratory story

178. The Dragon’s Tale: a soothing story and meditation for kids

Dragon has been busy preparing some paintings to share with the animals and now it’s time for the party! What will the forest friends think of the art?

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 “The Dragon’s Tale” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:23

The Dragon’s Tale Excerpt:

The happy dragon had been busy getting ready for the forest animals to visit all day.  Today the dragon was going to share what the other lands were like.  The dragon wondered what the animals would think.  Would they understand all the wondrous things the dragon had seen and done?  Feeling excited, the dragon took a deep breath in and out wanting to feel nice and calm when the animals arrived.

 

Sachi the snake arrived first, slithering into the cave to save Tad the toad a spot where he could see.  Tad, and Tanner the toads followed, hop, hop, hopping in. Carrie the cardinal and Odin the owl flittered into the cave and settled on a perch the caring dragon had made, so that the birds had a place to rest.  The happy dragon watched as the entrance to the cave filled with all the dragon’s forest friends.  Bobby and Babette Bunny hopped in to find a spot, as Nutsy and Peanut the squirrels scampered in. Their mouths filled with nuts to snack on.  Freddie frog hopped along just ahead of George the turtle. Once George had settled in, then the guests were all there. A hum filled the air as all the animals began to talk. They felt eager to hear about the new lands the dragon had been exploring, and began sharing their guesses on what was about to happen. 

 

The dragon smiled, and waited for the animals to settle back down.  Ready to show the animals what could be found in the other lands, the dragon had areas set up in the cave. The dragon waved the animals over to the first area. They saw paintings showing a land with sand and waves.  Another painting showed Benji the bucket and Paula the blue penguin next to a sand castle.  The animals moved along to the next area, and saw more paintings.  This time they showed ice, snow, and the sea.  Another painting showed Beau the beluga whale and Princely the penguin splashing into the cool sea.  Then the animals moved to the third area.  There were paintings of trees, grasses and pools of water. Another painting showed Henrietta the hippopotamus blowing bubbles next to Oliver the elephant showering her with water from his trunk.

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 “The Dragon’s Tale” 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 “The Dragon’s Tale!” 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!

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.

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

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!