Creative Mind Journeys
Our mission is to bring all the proven benefits of mindfulness training to young children in a fun, engaging audio story format. Our Creative Mind Journeys™ mix music, sound fx and incredible voice talent to deliver both long and short form stories that double as guided practices! Each story addresses a different challenge or opportunity, and helps kids develop strengthened aptitudes for an underlying psycho-social-emotional skill.
This way, kids can become big-hearted mental ninjas, serene floating tortoise shells and resilient wave-riding dudes… and go on to lead the best lives they can.
“Adult-centered mindfulness approaches, simplified or shortened, are just not the right approach for kids. Kids need their OWN materials - a wholly kid-centered path into to mindfulness training." - Founder, Kirsten Chase
8 Cool Categories & How to USe them
Kids, parents and educators can choose stories from 8 cool categories: Mind Ninja (focus), Gym ofAwesome (mastery), Energy Explorer (vitality), Happiness Hero (optimism), Love Machine (kindness), Sleep Zone (calm), Weird & Wonky (inspiration) and Imagination Doctor (mind-body healing).
Try listening to each Creative Mind Journey™ with your kids the first time, so you can discuss how they feel before and afterwards. Don’t be surprised if your kids start to ask for these stories on their own. When having this much fun makes you feel this good and strong inside, who wouldn’t want more?
MIND NINJA series
Be a Ninja | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length 5:08
Calling all kids for Level 1 Ninja Training. Explore your inner Ninja as you learn to notice, breathe and focus on your thougths and actions more clearly and with more self-control.
Helps build: anxiety relief, inner calm, focus, self control
MIND NINJA series
Ninja School 2 | by Jeff Warren | for 5-9 year olds | length 6:35
Are you ready for Level 2 Ninja training? This one is all about flexibility. Can you learn to switch back and forth between being DELIGHTFULLY bouncy and being PEACEFULLY calm? This is a key Ninja power - the ancient art of self-control.
Helps build: physical self control, increased awareness of calm vs. activate states (and ability to move flexibility between these states)
MIND NINJA series
Ninja School 3 | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length ? (12:08)
Kids who have explored Be a Ninja and Ninja School 2 are ready for Ninja School 3. Test out your new Ninja powers as you practice feeling dignified and in control. Can you stop on a dime when we say "Stop!" or do you keep running around like a chicken without a head? Can you play the freeze game of LIFE? And are you ready to step inside our virtual reality imagination simulator, and explore how to stay cool in situations that usually make us feel mad, sad or frustrated? Get ready to take the extreme Ninja challenge.
Helps build: self control, emotional resiliance and maturity, inner calm, anxiety relief, self-respect
MIND NINJA series
Magic Snowglobe | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length ? (5:15)
For this adventure, we beam you inside an imaginary snowglobe, and explore how it feels inside our bodies when the swirling snows of anxiety start to settle.
Helps build: anxiety relief, inner calm, emotionally settled feelings
gym of awesome series
Can of Delight | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length 9:35
Do school bullies have you feeling down? Or perhaps you are worried about a big class presentation, or are generally feeling quite shy? Not to worry - all this is perfectly normal. Fortunately, you have inside you a magical and sparkling Can of Delight! In this hilarious adventure, we explore how to give ourselves a fun boost of energy and confidence right when we most need it. We hope it will help you care less about what others think, stand up to your fears, and maybe even poke a little fun at yourself along the way.
Helps build: confidence, fortitude, emotional resiliance, the ability to laugh at one's fears and insecurities
ENERGY EXPLORER series
Calmland | by Jeff Warren | for 6-10 year old | length 11:07
Do you feel like you have so much energy that you're going to explode? Are your parents or teachers pleading with you to please settle down? Well, my little friend, I do believe we must at least entertain the possibilty that they have a point. FORTUNTATELY, there is a quite amazing and very peaceful place inside us that we can visit called ... Calmland. It's really quite wonderful. Do you want to make a visit? Well then: we'll teach you to climb aboard your very own internal elevator and drop down ... and down ... and down. Each level gets calmer, and calmer, and calmer... And guess what? It's YOU who controls all of the action, all the way down. Note: If you like this track, you'll love Colourland - same elevator, opposite direction!
Helps build: capacity to move from highly active and agitated states to more calm and settled states, increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence
energy explorer series
ColourLand | by Jeff Warren | for 6-10 year olds | length 10:51
Do you ever feel like everything around you is completely BLAHHH? Like you have no energy and life is like one long BORING dinner that never ends? Well then – it seems you are in need of a visit to an extraordinary place inside us called Colourland. In Colourland, everything is quite wonderful and electric with possibility (to say nothing of the tree hugging opportunities). We teach you to climb aboard your very own internal elevator and rise up... and up ... and up. Each level gets more and more colourful … and guess what? It's YOU who controls all of the action, all the way up. Note: If you like this track, you'll love Calmland - same elevator, opposite direction!
Helps build: capacity to move from states of boredom/low-energy/mild depression to states of increased happiness and optimism, increased self-awareness and emotional intelligence
energy explorer series
Ants in your Pants | by Amy Smithers | for 4-7 year olds | length 10:00
What happens when a bunch of noisy, bossy, playful ants crash your mellow picnic? You can't sit down, you've got to dance!
Helps build: energy, joy, happiness
happiness hero series
The Compliments Jar | by Nick Flanagan | for 5-10 year olds | length ? (12:58)
Imagine walking through a beautiful garden when suddenly you stumble upon a magical jar of 'compliments' They are flying around inside the jar like little butterlies ... all you have to do is take off the lid to let them out. BEHOLD: a whole jar of compliments, especially for you! Of course you are welcome to keep some for yourself, but you may also decide to send some flapping over to your family and friends and maybe even people you hardly know! FORTUNATELY, there are enough compliments in here for everyone.
Helps build: optimism, compassion, joy, sense of community, happiness, positive feelings about self and others
happiness hero series
A Zoo In My Chest | by Amy Smithers | for 5-8 year olds | length ? (8:05)
Do you ever get so stressed out that it feels like an elephant is trapped in your chest and can't get free? In this adventurous animal-packed track, you'll learn to breath out stress... and see which other animals are trapped inside along the way. As you set each animal free, you might begin to feel happier and calmer. Doesn't that sound WONDERFUL?
Helps build: stress relief, breath control, inner calm
LOVE machine series
Heart Breathing | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length 6:22
Are you ready for a MAGICAL heart breathing challenge? In this delightful track, you'll breathe in "THANK YOU" and breathe out "I LOVE YOU", sending your positive vibrations out to the four corners of the land, and perhaps also into the ocean, since fishies love your breath too. Sound easy? It can be - but it also requires focus. Let's learn together how to breath in this very special way, and notice what happens inside our minds and bodies when we do. How exciting!
Helps build: optimism, compassion, joy, sense of community and connection, happiness, positive feelings about self and others
LOVE MACHINE SERIES
Robot Heart | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length 7:52
Most people think robots are simply machines, without any feelings at all. Well - not this robot! Not only is he quite HI-larious - given to hugging toasters and forks - he happens to have a sparky personality and a vest that's absolutely jam-packed with robotic, loving, delicious goodness. The next time you're feeling sad or lonely, listen to this robot - try on his special vest - and see for yourself what amazing, interconnected, happy feelings might start zooming around inside you.
Helps build: optimism, compassion, joy, sense of community and connection, sense of security, happiness, positive feelings about self and others
LOVE MACHINE SERIES
Light Up your Day | by Marni Levitt | for 6-9 year olds | length ? (9:15)
Well I can tell you that sometimes going to school can really SUCK. Sometimes it is STRESSFUL - it can make us tired, sad, mad, and even plain lonely. Lots of hard things can happen: for example, maybe you haven't finished your homework and you're worried about what your teacher might say. Or maybe there's a kid at school who's not letting you play. Well, FORTUNTATELY, in this track, we explore the wonderful possibility that each of us has our own magical ball of answers that we can listen to when we need to figue out our own problems. All we have to do is get VERY quiet, use our imaginations, and listen to the soft intelligence of our hearts. Let's explore.
Helps build: confidence, compassion for self, sense of security, positive feelings for self and others, resiliance
sleep zone series
Mellow River Bedtime Story | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length 12:20
It's bedtime but you're not tired AT ALL. How are you ever going to feel sleepy when you're so totally awake? Fortunately, we have just the thing: a magical tortoise shell that will take you on a journey down a lazy river of delicious sleepy goodness. Along the way, you'll be entertained by a blues band of musical bears, and you'll collect dazzling crystals from a sparkling underwater cove. Let this dreamy adventure drift you right into the current of sleepy-time.
Helps build: capacity to fall asleep; sense of calm and connection; ability to quiet the mind
SLEEP ZONE SERIES
Welcoming Stars | by Meghan Sheffield | for 4-7 year olds | length ? (8:56)
Say goodnight to nature, as you become a twinkling night star! Then, learn to use each deep breath to put another new star in the sky so you'll have lots of company. Soon, you'll be ready to settle down for sleep all on your own.
Helps build: capacity to fall asleep, sense of calm, ability to quiet the mind
SLEEP ZONE SERIES
Ocean Adventure Bedtime Story | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length ? (21:44)
Are you ready to go on an underwater adventure that will help you get SLEEPY for bedtime? In this zany, wet journey, you get to take a dive to the bottom of the ocean, explore the beautiful worlds underneath the sea... and actually harnass the power of the ocean's splendour to become a speedy dolphin, a multi-tentacled octopus... and more! After all that swimming and frolicking in the sea, you'll be ready to get dry and drift off to a peaceful sleep.
Helps build: capacity to fall asleep, sense of calm, ability to quiet the mind, empathy for animals, feelings of global connectivity
WEIRD & WONKY SERIES
Imaginary Friend Drawing Exercise | by Amy Smithers | for 5-9 year olds | length ? (8:25)
Calling all kids who love to draw. It's time to express your inner monster. Will yours be tall, plump, angry or shy? Crazy music will help you create the silliest monster you can think up...right out of your imagination. But there's a catch: you're only allowed to draw one body part at a time. When you're finished, you might just have a new friend (who's been waiting for you all this time!).
Helps build: the capacity to make strange, explore the unusual, push your own boundaries in a safe way, alleviate lonliness
IMAGINATION DOCTOR SERIES
Get Lost Pain | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year old | length ? (8:30)
Do you have a pain in your body that's hard to forget? Why then ... it's time to say: Get Lost Pain! Take a hike! A hike through a magical forest, where we'll explore spreading cool healing imagination clay onto all the places where you feel little bits of ouch-ey-ness... Let's see if we can't turn that annoying pain dial way down!
Helps build: mental robustness to deal with feelings of physical pain, and the secondary emotional and mental tension that comes from fighting with pain
imagination doctor series
Ride the Wave, Dude | by Jeff Warren | for 5-10 year olds | length ? (6:45)
Does feeling anxious inside or wanting things to be too perfect, sometimes stop you from trying fun activities, playing with friends, eating new foods or being independent? It's time to leave anxiety-land and ride the waves, dude! This breezy ocean track is all about 'surrendering' and being the best kid you can be inside by letting yourself be ok with what happens as each new wave of life washes over you. Warning - you may get wet in this track, but you won't be bored or afraid anymore!
Helps build: release from extreme anxiety, self-soothing skills, inner calm and confidence; helps kids to surrender and "let go”, so life can be more enjoyable