176. It’s Too Dark: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

176. It’s Too Dark: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Bliss Blanket is afraid of the dark. Everything looks so different. What will help her relax?

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 “It’s Too Dark” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 6:40

It’s Too Dark Excerpt:

Soft red-orange light filtered into the little girl’s room, as the sun slowly slipped out of sight. Bliss the blanket watched the sky change colors. The light blue sky grew darker and darker as the sun set. The little blanket felt happy that the door to the little girl’s room was open. Light trickled in from the hall as the girl’s room became dark.

 

Bliss felt afraid of the dark. The blanket worried about what could be hiding in the shadows. Now that the stars shined in the sky outside, the little girl’s room was dark except for the trickle of light from the hallway. Already Bliss began to worry, what was sitting in the corner? There was something square with sharp corners spilled across the floor. It seemed to take up the whole corner. The blanket took a deep dragon breath in and out and looked somewhere else. What was that on the table? There was something tall and skinny with a big pyramid on top. Bliss took another deep dragon breath in and out and looked somewhere else. There was a big lumpy thing sitting next to her, and something snaking around on the floor. The blanket took another deep dragon breath in and out. Then the little girl came in and turned on the light.

 

“You’ll never guess what I have!” she said.

 

Bliss wondered what she had, but was even more relieved that the little girl had turned the light on.

 

“I got a night light!” she said and plugged it into the wall. “Isn’t it pretty?” It was. “I’m going to turn off the lights so we can see it better.”

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

Looking for stories with positive learning moments for your little one? You’ll find them on Ahway Island®. Be Calm on Ahway Island® Podcast offers original bedtime stories, like “It’s Too Dark,” 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 “It’s Too Dark!” 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.

Jooki recommends us as an outstanding podcast for preschoolers.

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 your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
479. A Birthday Search: a soothing story and meditation

479. A Birthday Search: a soothing story and meditation

Kelly the Computer helps plan a wonderful birthday party!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:55

A Birthday Search Excerpt:

A woman stepped into the room where the family computer was kept. Kelly the Computer was sleeping on the big desk in the corner of the room. The woman sat down in front of Kelly and gently tickled her keyboard to wake her up. 

 

Kelly yawned and awoke as her screen slowly brightened.  She silently greeted the woman, happy to be able to help her. Kelly wondered what the woman might need from her today. Almost every day, the woman needed to use the email services on Kelly’s hard drive. Often, the woman used programs installed in Kelly to write letters or other documents. And sometimes, the woman just liked to play the games that were inside Kelly. Kelly always liked that, because it was fun to watch the woman smile while she played.

 

But Kelly’s favorite thing to do was help the woman find things on using her internet search engines. Kelly never stopped feeling amazing by how much wonderful information she could help the woman find. Once Kelly had heard the woman talking to someone about what she called “the old days,” before Kelly existed. The woman said that in those days, people didn’t have computers in their house and could not search for information or pictures so easily. It was very hard for Kelly to imagine what that would have been like!

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

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 Birthday 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 “A Birthday 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:

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!

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!

 

Thank you for listening with us today!
171. Changing Patterns: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

171. Changing Patterns: a meditation and story for your bedtime routine

Brandon the block likes to follow a pattern in his art but today the kids are creating something new. Will he like it?

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 “Changing Patterns” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:20

Changing Patterns Excerpt:

The pattern blocks sat in their usual spots, all neatly placed according to size and shape in their container. Brandon the purple triangle block smiled. He felt contented. Everything was just as he liked it: neat, orderly, and all the blocks ready to follow the directions on whatever pattern the kids picked. As he wondered what their next pattern would be, the lid to the container opened and light spilled inside. It was time to play! Brandon watched carefully to see what pattern the kids would pick, but they left the direction cards in their spot.

 

Brandon felt confused. What could the kids be doing? All the blocks were already organized nicely. The purple triangle block watched as the kids took out large, red rectangle blocks and stood them on their side, in many different patterns. None of the patterns were like anything Brandon had seen before. Now the purple triangle block felt a bit worried. This was something new. He was unsure what would happen next. So he watched. The big orange squares were next, and the kids set them on top of the red blocks in some places and not in others. All the blocks were talking, wondering what was happening. Brandon started to feel upset. Then he remembered his deep dragon breaths. He took a deep breath in and out and watched carefully. The kids were smiling and the red and orange blocks seemed more curious than upset. He took another deep breath in and out feeling better. “Ok,” he thought. “Let’s see what’s going to happen. Everyone seems to be happy and safe. Maybe the kids have something really fun planned.” He still wasn’t sure how they could make anything without a pattern.

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

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

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.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about our bedtime stories podcast, Be Calm on Ahway Island!
166. Anything Is Possible: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

166. Anything Is Possible: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Chance the cardboard box is happy to be part of an adventure with the kids, and to relax with the kitty. Usually he just delivers stuff.

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 “Anything Is Possible” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:16

Anything Is Possible Excerpt:

The little kitty stretched, feeling refreshed by a nap. Noticing the movement, Chance the cardboard box woke up with a smile. After such a long journey, that nap felt just right. The little kitty arched its back and hopped out of the cardboard box. Now Chance wondered what was next. He got his answer when two little kids zipped around the corner.

 

“A box!” The little girl said. “I know just what to do!”

 

“I have an idea too,” the little boy said.

 

“We can take turns,” the little girl suggested.

 

“OK, play rock, scissors, paper to figure out whose idea is first?” the boy added.

 

“OK,” said the little girl.

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

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 “Anything Is Possible” 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 “Anything Is Possible!” 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!

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

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 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!