153. Sharing Roots: a calming meditation and story

153. Sharing Roots: a calming meditation and story

Dragon is inspired by a story about the enchanted forest sharing roots and growing closer together.

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 “Sharing Roots” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Sharing Roots Excerpt:

The animals gathered at the cozy cave, eager to hear about the train and the new lands the dragon had been exploring. The dragon yawned, feeling very tired, and took a deep dragon breath, in and out. The dragon could see the curiosity on the animals’ faces and decided to tell them about the train. So the dragon took a deep breath in and out and through the flickering flames, showed everyone the train, with people moving on and off. Then the dragon took another dragon breath in and out and through the flowing fire, showed the people getting off and on again in a different place. The place looked very different to the forest animals.

“Oh! So that’s what the train does,” Sachi the Snake said. “It carries people from place to place. But what is that place they are going to?”

The dragon smiled and took one more deep dragon breath, in and out. A book appeared in the fire and opened, with a question mark following. The dragon looked at Odin, the great horned owl, with a smile and a flutter of eyelids.

The gentle owl smiled and said, “I would be happy to tell a story.”

So the owl began, reminding all the animals of the unity in the forest.

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 “Sharing Roots,” 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.

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In the press:

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

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!” ♡

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

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403. Bird Bath: a relaxation and story for your nap time routine

403. Bird Bath: a relaxation and story for your nap time routine

The summer weather is hot and dry, and the neighborhood birds are thirsty!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:52

Bird Bath Excerpt:

The ground was dry – very, very dry. It hadn’t rained in several weeks; actually Carrie the Cardinal couldn’t exactly remember the last time it had rained. Grass had changed from green to brown. The temperatures were very high, and the whole earth felt parched.

Nevertheless, the little bird admitted to herself, the world was still very beautiful. Trees were green, including the beautiful maple tree in which she had built her nest. Flowers bloomed. The sun shone dazzlingly bright. The sky was deep blue, with a few scattered clouds, bright and white, high in the sky. Whether she was sitting in a tree or flying in the air, Carrie always enjoyed cloud-watching, imaging that she saw pictures formed by the shape of the clouds. But these clouds were very high and far away, and Carrie knew that no rain would come from those clouds for a long time.

Carrie was thirsty and was feeling a tired from the heat. She knew if she flew a long distance, she could find some water – she knew there was a big pond in a nearby neighborhood. But it would take her a while to get there, and she just didn’t feel like she had enough energy. She needed water for energy – but she couldn’t get water without having energy first! What was she going to do?

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

Looking for stories with positive learning moments for your little one?  You’ll find it on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “Bird Bath” 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.

Since we are a listener-supported podcast, we survive on your tips and purchases. If your child enjoys a good story with a positive message, we would greatly appreciate you purchasing a T-shirt from our shop or becoming a member on Patreon to help us keep your favorite self-soothing podcast going. Thank you!

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331. Happy Dragon: a bedtime story to help with emotional regulation

331. Happy Dragon: a bedtime story to help with emotional regulation

In the forest, just beyond the park, Dragon discovers a present. The happy dragon hurries onto the playground to thank the kids.

Emotional regulation is a skill for all ages. As an important tool for success and growth, adults regularly use emotional regulation. Kids also require emotional regulation in school, creating and maintaining relationships, and even for self care. We’re here at Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast, to help you provide your child with the tools they need to self-soothe.

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:18

Narrator: Male

Here’s an excerpt from today’s bedtime story to help with emotional regulation, Happy Dragon:

Growing nearer to the playground Dragon began to feel curious because there was something sitting in the forest just ahead. It was wrapped in a big red bow. As Dragon walked closer, Dragon realized it was a present. Had someone lost a gift? Dragon hurried over to it, eager to return the gift to its recipient.  Dragon searched for a clue as to whose present it might be. There was a picture tied to the present. It was a dragon!  Dragon smiled knowing whose present it was. Quickly, Dragon untied the ribbon picked up the soft fabric.

Today’s Meditation: Draw gentle shapes in the soothing sand as you prepare for today’s story.

Does your child have difficulty self-soothing?  Do daily challenges result in tears or yelling? Looking for a way to teach your child about emotional regulation? Look no further because Be Calm on Ahway Island Podcast offers you original bedtime, nap time stories & meditations for kids to teach these strategies.

Learning emotional regulation is part of the necessary skills obtained in childhood, and we’re here, on Ahway Island, to help your kids with this important tool!

Gently nestled within each podcast episode are mindfulness techniques and positive learning moments.  Because emotional regulation is critical for the health and well being of young children Be Calm on Ahway Island teaches techniques like taking “Dragon Breaths,” using self talk, understanding feelings, and many other mindfulness techniques. In addition to practicing these skills in our relaxations, our stories provide examples of when to use the various self soothing strategies. All of this, and we help your little ones drift off to sleep peacefully, just include us in your bedtime & nap time routines.

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

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Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!

As a result of your support you can check us out in the Washington Post article The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids by Frannie Ucciferri under the Best for Bedtime heading. We’re also proud to be included in the Top 40 Growth Mindset Podcasts for Kids from Big Life Journal. Discover our top 10 listing in Feedspot’s top 20 Kids Podcasts of 2019 ! Our most recent accolade is from ListenNotes, as one of 9 best podcasts for kids that entertain and educate! Thanks again and keep spreading the word!

One more thing, did you know we also have a YouTube channel? Check out the video page on our website AhwayIsland.com. We hope you self soothe with the calming videos. If you do, please share our channel with others.

Thank you for joining us!

To learn more about our mission at Ahway Island and our team please visit our website. We hope to see you there. For now, We hope you found “Happy Dragon” relaxing. For another soothing story try “Playful Dragon” or “A Thoughtful Gift.” They’re sure to soothe you as well!