164. Gentle Giraffes: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids

164. Gentle Giraffes: a bedtime story and guided meditation for kids

Giselle the little giraffe feels nervous its her first day with a babysitter. How will Ginny help her feel better?

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 “Gentle Giraffes” and we’ll be back with a new story on Monday!

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 8:29

Sharing a Snack Excerpt:

The sun warmed the land easily without a cloud in the sky to block its rays. The baby giraffes relaxed with their mamas in the warm light. Giselle Giraffe looked up at her beautiful mama and beamed. The little giraffe loved being with her mama, and she stuck right next to her, always. Her mama looked down at Giselle, smiled, and gave her a gentle nudge. “Giselle, I’m going with some of the other mamas to get some food. It will be safer for you to stay here with the other little giraffes and the rest of the mamas.” Giselle looked at her mama, feeling her eyes fill with tears. She had never been away from her mama before and the thought scared her. “Do you have to go?” She asked.

 

Her mama smiled and said, “All the mama giraffes take turns going off for some food. Now, it’s my turn. I’ll be back before you know it.” Mama looked carefully at Giselle and saw that her little giraffe was feeling worried, so she decided to introduce her to one of the other giraffes. “Giselle meet Ginny. She will look after you while I’m gone.” Giselle looked up at the kind giraffe smiling down at her. Ginny seemed nice, she just wasn’t Giselle’s mama. The little giraffe nuzzled her mama, and her mama gently groomed Giselle’s head. “If you get nervous remember to take your deep dragon breaths. I’ll be back soon.” And with that Giselle’s mama left. The little giraffe felt sad as she watched her mama leave, so she took a deep dragon breath in and out. She could still see her mama, and her mama was smiling. Giselle took another deep dragon breath in and out, and realized if her mom felt happy everything was OK.

Today’s Meditation: Start with your feet and move up to the top of your head, relaxing your whole body.

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 “Gentle Giraffes,” 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!

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.

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

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

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

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460. Magical Music: a calming bedtime story and meditation

460. Magical Music: a calming bedtime story and meditation

Dragon goes for an early evening walk through the enchanted forest and finds a new little trail. The trail takes Dragon into a magical grove of ancient trees.

Narrator: Female

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 9:39

Magical Music Excerpt:

Sunlight spilled through the thick leaves of the trees in the enchanted forest, creating a colorful lacy pattern on the ground. Dragon gazed up at the sky to see it changing from a bright blue to filling with red, orange, pink, and purple. Dragon did like a sunset walk. Everything seemed a little more magical in the woods. Dragon smiled, enjoying both the warmth of the sun and the cool shade of the trees. As Dragon continued down the path, the gentle melody of a bird’s song circled Dragon. Dragon looked up to see Gerry bird, a friendly robin resting on a tree branch above. Gerry fluffed up her feathers and coasted down to see Dragon.

 

“Isn’t it a beautiful evening!” she sang.

 

Dragon nodded. Together they continued along the path. Gerry bird sang and circled Dragon, while Dragon walked along, taking in all the sights, smells, and sounds of the forest. Then Dragon stopped. A faint trail lead away from the path.

 

Wondering what could be down this new trail, Dragon stepped off the path. Gerry felt a bit curious too and followed Dragon. Since this was all new to Dragon, Dragon walked very carefully, gently moving tree branches aside. This part of the forest seemed very peaceful. Dragon heard a faint melody in the distance and realized the little trail would bring them right to it.

Today’s Meditation: Happiness and love flow through you in this meditation.

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 “Magical Music,” 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?

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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 also includes us on their list of Technology to Boost Mental Health.

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 listening with us today!
404. Bunny Playground: a bedtime meditation and story

404. Bunny Playground: a bedtime meditation and story

Betty Bunny’s morning routine is a little different today. What could her special Human friend Max be doing?

Final 3 Dragon Breaths: 7:53

Narrator: Male

Bunny Playground Excerpt:

Betty Bunny woke up slowly. She yawned. She lifted her head and looked out the nearby window. It was cloudy and a little windy outside. Betty Bunny thought to herself, “Maybe the sun wanted to stay in bed today.  I hope it feels OK!”

The little bunny stood up on her hind legs to see if she could see any glimpse of a sunbeam.  Suddenly, the clouds moved apart, pushed by the wind, and a little glimmer of sun flickered down and kissed Betty Bunny on the nose.

“Oh good! My sunshine was just resting!” Betty thought, smiling.

Feeling grateful for the bit of sun, Betty went back to quietly eating her hay.  The hay was delicious and she was happy to have it, but she usually ate fresh parsley for breakfast and she wondered why she hadn’t gotten any parsley yet today.  She also wondered why Max, her special Human friend, hadn’t played with her yet.  Something seemed different today.

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 “Bunny Playground,” 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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