"Shared Master Owl's story in my Mindfulness Class for Children. It was a super hit, my students loved it and said that they would like to hear more of these stories. One of them commented, "Miss! Master Owl is like you, he is showing Miss Bunny how to do Dot B. We should show her how to do 'Box Breathing' and 'Mindful Eating', I think she will love it, she likes to eat flowers."
An amazing story to introduce mindfulness to young people. I have bought a second copy for my niece :)
Thank you for sharing your writing with us."
Listen to author Rob Holmes read the story...
This is the first of a series of 'Master Owl' books, starting with this one for pre-school children - Master Owl meets Miss Bunny.
Master Owl helps all sorts of animals to overcome the big issues in life. Miss Bunny is sad initially because she feels 'lost and small among the trees so big and tall'. However, Master Owl's mindfulness and wisdom helps her to look at life in a very different way and see how all things are connected together.
Children need a wise teacher, a guru, so I came up with the idea of Master Owl - the Guru who flew!
I am also writing stories for first readers, which will feature illustrations in the text. I would love to have any feedback about what I am doing! Thank you :)
Master Owl meets
Deep in the woods lives a wise old bird.
He’s sometimes seen but rarely heard.
And while other birds may shriek and howl,
He sits in peace – he’s Master Owl.
There are some who say he glows at night.
While others say he’s full of light.
But they all know he’s very kind.
They ask for help, he doesn’t mind.
Our tale begins one sunny day
When Master Owl heard from far away
The sad sound of someone crying,
So opened his wings and started flying.
With a few flaps of gentle flight
A little house came into sight.
The noise was coming from inside.
The Owl looked in to see who cried.
“Hello Miss Bunny,” the wise owl said
“Why are you crying there in your bed?”
“Because I’m feeling sad ” she moans.
“So sorry you had to hear my groans”.
The Owl stared with his big kind eyes
And thought about Miss Bunny’s cries.
He said, “Come outside - sit next to me.
We’re going to take this mindfully.”
“Mindfully” she said, “what’s that?”
The Owl replied, while Bunny sat,
“It means to notice how we feel,
and it can really help us heal.
So Miss Bunny, close your eyes.
Deep breath in . . . let out your sighs.”
She took some slow breaths in and out.
There was no need to move about.
She felt the earth beneath her feet.
She heard a distant birdy tweet.
She smelled the forest all around.
And felt herself just settle down.
“Thank you Master Owl,” she said
“I’ve less thoughts spinning in my head.”
“That’s great,” the wise old owl replied
“Now open your eyes nice and wide.”
Miss Bunny smiled and felt so glad.
She didn’t feel the least bit sad.
Master Owl breathed nice and slow
And asked her why she’d felt so low.
“I know what’s made me sad”, she said,
“and why I could not leave my bed.
I was feeling lost and small
Among these trees so big and tall.”
He said “that all makes perfect sense.
No wonder you’ve been feeling tense.
So now I know what you should go do.
Miss Bunny, I have a job for you.”
Go into the wood and under a tree
Dig little holes and see what you see.
I will come back to hear what you found.
Then off he flew. Bunny stared at the ground.
Scratching her head and holding her spade
‘I hope this works out’ she silently prayed.
Miss Bunny went digging for days at a time.
Great mountains of soil for insects to climb.
So one week later, our hero returned.
Bunny was keen to share what she’d learned.
In fact she was dancing and doing a twirl.
He smiled as he saw a much happier girl.
“Dear Master, it’s been an incredible week.
I was so confused by the words from your beak.
I mean what could I learn from digging these holes.
I’m the best digger, better than badgers or moles.
So what did I do, well I started to dig?
A small hole at first and then it got big.
The first thing I hit was the root of a tree
So I followed this root thinking, how long can it be?
I could not believe it! It went on forever.
And I found out that these roots are so clever.
They all suck up water, like really big straws,
Eating their food, like I do with my paws!
Some trees look sad, all alone in the wood
But from under the ground, I can see it’s all good.
Trees are best friends and connected together
Supporting each other, whatever the weather.”
“Wow”, said the Owl, “was there more to the trees?”
“Yes”, said Miss Bunny, “I met all these bees.
I also met squirrels, who were having such fun.
And a family of deer hiding out of the sun.
“That’s great to find out” said the wise Master Owl.
“What else did you find on your forest floor prowl?”
“Well by then I was hungry, so I nibbled a flower
And that’s when it hit me, this flower had power.
But how did it know how to grow on its own?
And what magic caused all its seeds to be sown?
What guides all these flowers to follow the sun
And return in the spring when the winter is done?
Well the closer I looked, the more I could see
That without all the soil and the rain and the bee
And the sun and the wind and the worms in the ground
Without all these things, no flowers would be found!
So dear Master Owl, I feel so happy now,
It’s a magical moment, when you know how.
The animals and trees are all part of me
And I have found a whole new family.”
Master Owl smiled and flew back to his tree
Where he sat and he breathed, just happy to be.
It’s good to take time just to stop and relax
And mindfully breathe as we lie on our backs.
Copyright © 2020 By Rob Holmes