Curious Koalas: a calming meditation and mindful bedtime story

Curious Koalas: a calming meditation and mindful bedtime story


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playing on Fridays. Thank you for relaxing with us. Welcome back to Be Calm on Ahway Island. Our meditation and story will start soon
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Be Calm on Ahway Island Do you have everything you want for our story today? Are the lights in your room dim or off? Do you have your favorite blanket or listening buddy? Before we begin our story let’s
relax by taking three deep dragon breaths. Breathe in through your nose
filling up your belly, and then out through your mouth, pretending you are breathing fire. Ready? Deep breath, in and out. Feel your legs, back, and belly soften. Again, deep breath, in and out. Now, as your chest, arms, and shoulders relax, think of
a Papa puffin hugging his baby in their cozy burrow. You feel connected and loved, just like the baby puffin. Last one, fill up your chest and belly.
Deep breath in and out. Close your eyes as your head, face, and
neck soften, completely relaxed. Loving energy surrounds you and you are cherished. Enjoy the feeling of relaxation and hold
your hands out as if you are holding a beach ball. Feel your hands warm. You are
holding a ball of energy. Slowly move your hands apart, then towards each other. Now apart again. Then towards each other. Can you feel the energy ball growing warm? We’re going to help it get even
warmer. Relax and think about the ones you love: your parents, brothers, and
sisters, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, pets, teachers, coaches, whoever,
whatever brings you love. That love pours into the ball in your hands. The energy ball grows warmer and bigger as you fill it with love. Bring the ball of energy to your heart and allow the love to melt gently into your body. Your heart feels happy and warm as you place your hands on your chest. Take a deep breath, in and out, as you enjoy the feeling of love warm your
body. Now that you are feeling love let’s share some with the world. Again, hold your hands out as if you had a ball and feel the energy between your hands. Slowly move your hands apart, then towards each other. Now apart again. Then towards each other. Feel the energy ball warming. Relax as you hold the ball. Again, think about the ones you love: your
parents, brothers and sisters, friends, aunts, uncles, cousins, pets, teachers,
coaches, whoever, whatever, brings you love. Feel that love filling the ball in your
hands. The ball gets warmer and brighter as love pours into it. Now, picture the ones you love: your family, your friends, your school, your town, your country, or the earth, and hold the ball of energy out. Imagine your ball of energy surrounding the ones you love, and let it go. Your heart is happy and warm. As you rest your hands on your chest continue to feel the warmth of the energy. Keep your hands on your heart and let’s take three more deep dragon breaths. Remember to breathe in through your nose, filling up your belly, and then out, pretending you are breathing fire. Deep breath, in and out. Feel your legs, back, and belly soften. Again, deep breath, in and out. Now as your chest, arms, and shoulders relax, think of a Papa puffin hugging his baby
in their cozy burrow. You feel connected and loved, just like the baby puffin. Last one, fill up your chest and belly.
Deep breath, in and out. Keep your eyes closed as your head, face,
and neck soften, completely relaxed. Loving energy surrounds you and you are cherished. Great job everyone. I hope you are tucked in nice and cozy. Okay, I think we’re ready to begin our story. Let’s Be Calm on Ahway Island. Our story today is “Curious Koalas.” Sunlight brightened the leaves in the blue gum tree. Kian the Koala enjoyed the warmth of the sun in his soft fur. The little koala smiled and slowly
turned his face away from the sun, wanting to sleep a bit more. Then Kian remembered Kiera’s curiosity,
about what the day animals did while the koalas slept. Kian blinked and opened his eyes. The fluffy koala climbed over to Kiera
and tapped her gently on the shoulder. Kiera’s eyes fluttered open and her brow furrowed. “Why did you wake me up?” she asked her friend with a great big
stretch. “I remembered that you wanted to know what the day animals do. I woke you up so we can find out.” Kiera smiled at her friend. “Thank you for remembering. I am curious. Let’s climb up higher so we can have a better view.” “Great idea!” Kian said, and the two koalas climbed to the top of the blue gum tree. Kiera squinted as she searched for some animals. “Look!” she said, pointing at an emu. A huge bird dashed past their tree. “Wow!” Kian exclaimed. “I didn’t know any birds could do that. I thought they just flew.” “Me too.” Kiera said, and as another Emu zipped past their tree, she commented,
“They’re so fast.” Then she noticed a smaller striped bird pecking at the
ground near the big birds. “I think the striped one is a baby.” She
said. Kian and Kira watched the emus for a while. After the birds finished their
snack, they relaxed in the shade. Then Kian noticed someone hopping off to the side. The Koala turned to see a kangaroo bouncing along. The kangaroo stood still for a moment to check out the area. As she did, a baby kangaroo peeked out of her pouch. “Look Kiera! a Joey kangaroo.” Kian said. The Joey hopped out of his mother’s pouch and both kangaroos began to nibble on the grass. After their tummies were full the bouncing marsupials settled in for a little rest as well. A splash from the pond drew the koalas’
attention away from the kangaroos. Ripples spread out across the pond. The
little koalas watched the pond closely, waiting for the animal that created the
splash. Eventually, a platypus surfaced. The
platypus appeared to be snacking, with full puffy cheeks. After relaxing on the
water’s surface for a while, the platypus gracefully dove beneath the surface once
more. The curious koalas watched for the platypus to resurface. Just as they were
about to give up, Kian noticed some motion from the pond.
He pointed to the platypus and said, “Look!” There with a full tummy, the platypus swam to the edge of the pond and found a cozy spot to rest. After the platypus settled in, Kiera said, “I think we are all pretty alike.” “What do you mean?” Kian asked her. “All these animals are awake during the
day, and we get up at night. The emus run fast. The kangaroos hop, and the platypus
swims. We don’t do any of that.” “True,” Kiera agreed with Kian. Then she continued, “I still think we’re more alike than different. When we wake up in the evening we climb over to the manna gum tree, nibble leaves until our tummies are full, and then we climb back into the blue gum tree for our nap. The emus, kangaroos, and platypus do the same thing.” “What do you mean?” Kian asked. “None of them have climbed the manna gum tree.” Kiera explained, “I mean they all look for something to eat, and then when their tummies are full, they take a nap.”
Kian nodded with understanding and said, “You’re right, Kiera. We are more alike than different.” Kiera smiled at her friend and then she yawned. “I’m ready to go back to sleep.” she said, “You can stay up if you like.” Kian yawned in response. The two koalas climbed back down the blue gum tree. As Kian and Kiera found their favorite branches they wished everyone on Ahway Island
happiness and peace. The koalas thought of all they had to be grateful for. Kiera felt grateful Kian had remembered her interests. Kian felt thankful Kiera had enjoyed their midday moments. Most of all, the koalas were thankful to feel the sense of belonging with the day animals. The two koalas hugged themselves tight and then relaxed. Kiera took a deep dragon breath, in and out, settling into her branch. Kian took a
deep dragon breath, in and out, and smiled. Then together they took one more deep
dragon breath, in and out. The koalas fell asleep enjoying the
warmth of the sun. Thank you for joining us to Be Calm
on Ahway Island. See you next time.

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