Today is Raj’s first day at his new school. He’s feeling nervous. Who will reach out with kindness first?

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Narrator: Male

The Build Excerpt:

It was the first day at Raj’s new school. As he waited for the bus, he began to feel nervous. Raj imagined all kinds of things. He thought about the new friends he would meet. He thought about the new things he would learn this year. Then he took a deep dragon breath in and out and slowed his running thoughts. He knew that staying present would help him through this exciting day. So Raj took another deep breath in and out, and then he took one more deep breath in and out, feeling calm.

The bus pulled up and Raj stepped on, not sure where to sit. So, Raj sat down quickly in the front seat. Maybe on the way home, he would know who to sit by. Raj smiled at the kids across the aisle from him and they smiled back.

“That wasn’t too bad,” Raj thought.

The bus stopped again and again. Most of the kids got on, nodded hello to Raj, and then walked back further on the bus. Then at one bus stop two boys stepped on.

“Hi!” one boy said. “Haven’t seen you around before. I’m Owen and this is Andy.”

“I’m Raj,” Raj replied. “I just moved here.”

“Great! We’ll show you around. Do you mind if I sit here?”

Raj shook his head ‘no’ and Owen sat next to Raj. Andy sat in the seat behind them. The three boys chatted the rest of the way to the school.

When the bus stopped Andy said, “OK, follow us. We’ll show you what to do.”

Today’s Meditation: Feel your muscles relax as you check in with your body from head to toe.

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