About The App

StoryMoment is a tool, so similar to any tool it can be used in many ways. We have full confidence in parents that they will know the best way to use StoryMoment with their children. 

Nevertheless we would like to explain the different parts in the app and give suggestions regarding usage. 

The app is intended for children ages 4-12. The main difference between the ages in regards to the stories is the way children understand and interact with the stories and practices. 

The main part of the app is the daily story page. Everyday you get a new story. The app was designed this way in order to create a habit and to save parents the need to choose between stories or consult with their children about it. We want everything to be super relaxed and clear. 

Each story page has 4 parts (1) Breathing (2) Story (3) Contemplation (4) Mini Meditation. 

Breathing: This is a short breathing exercise. The purpose of it is to wind down before starting to concentrate on the story and in order to create awareness to the body.  It is around two minutes long. You can use the narration. If the parent chooses to read it out loud (we like that) then best you follow the instructions with your child.  

Story: We usually read the story before bedtime. We have used these stories also in different times of the day and in more educational settings, so you might consider this as well. Each story has an audio option which is a narration of the story. We think it is best if the parent reads the story but we also want to be considerate of the parents that want to rest with the child hearing it. The most important part is to be relaxed as much as possible. 

Contemplation: As you will see these stories are not ordinary in that they have no villain or hero, there is no clear good or bad, sometimes they are open ended and sometimes they deal with the unpleasant feeling or circumstances experienced. Although the stories do this in a very compassionate, accepting and thoughthing manner sometimes questions arise. The contemplation part is to give a few open ended  questions so to let your children share their thoughts and feelings and also get the space to contemplate them for themselves. Here it is most important that you do not put this into a right/wrong answer format (there is no right or wrong for the contemplation). The most important thing here is to create an accepting space for the children’s thoughts and feelings. You might be surprised how much you can learn about your children from these questions.

Mini Meditation: We view the practice as the first step in practicing meditation. It is usually hard for children to sit even for 2 minutes and concentrate on their breath without doing anything. We use the story plot and kids’ imagination to make the practice easier. Through this practice they learn to strengthen their awareness of the present and how to focus. In some of the stories we even go a step further and demonstrate how to meditate on a certain subject. In this section there is also an audio option where the practice is narrated. We would love to encourage you to read it to your child yourself at least some of the times. If you do read it yourself do the practice together with your child. 

 

Our Story

Like all stories, this one began in a far away kingdom (Nepal – actually a kingdom until 2008), in a small village named Parphin that lay below a mountain with tall green trees under which grows dense vegetation. If one looked closely, it was possible to see a Tibetan Monastery in the midst of the mountain, surrounded by very tall Bamboo plants. It was evening and I was sitting with two fellow mates from the meditation retreat I was attending. We chatted about how everyday life is hectic and how difficult it is sometimes to reconcile our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and our environment. We talked about how many times fear, envy, anger, habits, and stinginess overtake our day to day lives even though we know how unproductive they can be. We also talked about how lucky we were to be  practicing mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, and acknowledging negative emotions. 

I felt it would be interesting for them to hear that I had this pet project where I create stories to help my two daughters (aged 5 and 9) understand this very relation between thoughts, behaviours, feelings and their environment. I explained to them that I have found that stories, well crafted, can be a powerful tool to create mindfulness, self compassion, and acceptance, and create the awareness to observe negative emotions from a distance and with curiosity.  They asked me to tell them one of my stories; I was a bit shy but did so, and when I was finished they told me that I should consider publishing them. 

Since then, we have come a long way. Yaron (my co-founder) and I decided to create StoryMoment. Through the work of our writing team, the amazing help of child psychologists and therapists, and our design and development team, we created  StoryMoment, an app that provides a new story every day coupled with our three sections of practice (Breathing, Contemplation and Mini-meditation). The stories are unique in that they take an accepting and holistic approach: There is no good and bad, we shy away from being judgmental, we acknowledge negative emotions and do not suppress them. Together with the practices the stories  stir mindfulness, help be grounded in the present ,and help cope  with negative emotions and life circumstances in a serene and accepting way. The stories implicitly demonstrate how kindness, compassion (and self compassion), not being judgmental, and acknowledging ourselves as part of a bigger ecosystem, help one sustain greater mental well-being, emotional stability and intelligence, and psychological resilience. 

 

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