National Dolphin Day is April 14, 2019
Meri, a beautiful mermaid, and her friend, Aloha, a dolphin, playfully introduce children to meditation. The story weaves in mindfulness techniques of Yoga Nidra, an ancient form of meditation, which will help children have a direct experience of peace and relaxation. Yoga Nidra is done laying down, so this is perfect for bedtime or naptime! Written for children ages 4-8 who enjoy story time. Parents and teachers who read the story and do the techniques will also experience relaxation while reading the story.
You can buy this book, "The Dolphin's Secret", on Amazon.com
“Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose, and pretend you are blowing bubbles under the water, just like a dolphin. Keep taking slow, deep breaths in through your nose, and blow out through your mouth very, very slowly. With each breath in, fill yourself with joy. Each time you breathe out, relax just a little more. Imagine bubbles of all sizes floating around you.”
Through listening to The Dolphin’s Secret story, following the instructions for each mindfulness activity, and being encouraged to notice how they feel, children will learn to become more aware of what peace and ease feel like—in an entertaining way. Colorful illustrations transport kids on an underwater adventure with Meri, as she teaches children to pretend to blow bubbles like dolphins, using slow, deep breaths in from their nose and out through their mouths. Once the children are in a relaxed state, Meri incorporates mantras like, “I have all that I need inside me to be peaceful and happy.” If encouraged by their parents or teacher, our little ones can begin using these on their own. Readers will also benefit and feel the positive effects on their own minds and bodies.