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!
170. The New Tunnel: a calming story and guided relaxation for kids

170. The New Tunnel: a calming story and guided relaxation for kids

The brand new tunnel is ready! How will the train 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 “The New Tunnel” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:12

The New Tunnel Excerpt:

It was time for the sunset roll, and the sparkling train pulled out of the station and headed towards the forest. The train thought about the tunnel under the forest. Eager for it to be finished, the train had many questions. “How big is the tunnel? Will it change my route? How dark is the tunnel?” Every time the train passed by the construction crew, the train thought of its questions. “How big is the tunnel? Will it change my route? How dark is the tunnel?” After what felt like a million days, the sparkling train passed by the tunnel site and could tell it was finished! The train drove by slowly to see all the little details. It could see that the tunnel was long, and the entrance was wide enough to be comfortable. Along the top of the tunnel the sparkling train could see some clear panels that allowed sunlight through. Phew, the train was happy to see that. It had felt a little worried that the tunnel would be too dark. Mounds of earth surrounded the tunnel, and the train could see ivy beginning to sprout. Little purple flowers decorated the entrance to the tunnel. As the train rolled away from the site, it smiled. The tunnel looked fantastic from the outside. Then the train thought of the questions, “How big is the tunnel? Will it change my route? How dark is the tunnel?” and realized that two had already been answered. Now the train wondered if its route would be changing. Then one more question popped into the train’s mind. “When will I be able to drive through the tunnel?” Maybe the train would get to drive through it on the next run.

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 New Tunnel,” 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 New Tunnel!” 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!

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

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!

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

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

169. Plucky Pandas: a kid’s mindful story and guided relaxation

Huan the panda needs some help climbing a tall bamboo, but he wants to do it himself. His friend Daiyu tries to help him understand that asking for help is ok.

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 “Plucky Pandas” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Male

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:36

Plucky Pandas Excerpt:

Soft grey skies covered the bamboo forest. Huan the Panda opened his eyes. The little panda smiled as he looked up through the towering plants. Their bright green leaves stood out against the dull sky. Huan stretched and watched for his friend Daiyu. The little panda thought he saw something moving towards him in the distance. Huan watched carefully. Was it Daiyu? If it was, she was taking her sweet time. Huan concentrated, trying to figure it out, when suddenly, “Good morning Huan!” The little panda bear jumped up feeling startled, and turned around.

 

“Oh! Good morning Daiyu. You surprised me.” Huan said.

 

“What were you watching so closely?” Daiyu asked peering off in the same direction Huan had been looking.

 

“I thought you were coming from that way. I guess it’s just the breeze.” Huan said, shrugging his shoulders.

 

“Must be.” Daiyu said. “I don’t see anything now.” A rumbling noise distracted the little panda and she looked back at Huan. “Are you hungry?” she asked.

 

“My tummy seems to think so.” Huan said rubbing his belly. “Time for breakfast.” Huan looked up at the bamboo and started to climb. The bamboo was slippery and Huan slowly slid back down to the ground. The little panda couldn’t reach the leaves.

Today’s Meditation: Be calm during this progressive relaxation from your head to your toes.

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 “Plucky Pandas,” 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 “Plucky Pandas!” 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!” ♡

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

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 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!