This is the first of a series of Master Owl books, starting with this one - Master Owl meets Miss Bunny. This book is designed for the under 5's, for parents to read to them. I am also writing a book for first readers (5 - 10 year old) and in time will also write a book for teenagers, will all the wisdom packed in.
My vision is that as Master Owl helps all sorts of animals to overcome the big issues in life, children and parents can learn from the stories and wake up.
Miss Bunny is sad initially because she thinks she is all alone, a separate body in a world of separate things. However, after some mindfulness with Master Owl, he helps her to look at life in a very different way.
I think children need a wise and mindful teacher, a guru, so I came up with the idea of Master Owl, the Guru who flew!
I hope you enjoy reading this story.
Master Owl Meets Miss Bunny
Deep in the woods lives a wise old bird
Sometimes seen but rarely heard
And while other birds shriek and howl
He sits in peace – he’s Master Owl.
Some say he glows at night
Some say he’s full of light
But all we know is that he’s kind
We ask for help, he doesn’t mind.
So our tale begins one sunny day
When Master Owl heard from far away
The sad sound of someone crying
So he opened his wings and started flying.
With a few flaps of gentle flight
The source of sobs came into sight
The noise was coming from a burrow
And there sat Bunny, full of sorrow.
‘Hello Miss Bunny’, the wise one said
‘Why are you crying there in your bed?
She replied, ‘Because I’m feeling so alone
since my family all left home.’
The Owl starred with his big wise eyes
And thought about Miss Bunny’s cries.
He said, ‘Come sit next to me.
We will take this mindfully’.
‘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
‘There’s less going on inside my head.
‘That’s great’, the old bird replied
‘Let’s see this from another side’.
‘So Miss Bunny, am I right?
You feel sad all day and night
Because you think you’re on your own?’
‘Yes’, said Bunny, ‘all alone’.
‘Well’ said the Owl, ‘Now I’m starting to see
why you are living unhappily.
You think you are separate which is simply not true,
So now I know what you should go do.
Go into the wood and under a tree
dig little holes and see what you see’.
‘I’ll be back in a week to see what you found’.
So he left and Miss Bunny just stared at the ground.
‘Digging holes under trees, what does he mean?’
But she trusted the Owl who was so rarely seen.
One week later and true to his word
The Master returned in the form of a bird.
Bunny was dancing and doing a twirl!
‘Hello’, he said, ‘you look a much happier girl’.
‘Oh Master Owl, 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 at digging, 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,
But the shocker is that these roots are so clever.
All the trees link up for a chat
and they talk to each other, who would have thought that?
Trees look so 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.
‘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 struck me, this flower had power.
But how did it know how to grow on it’s own?
And what magic caused all it’s seeds to be sown?
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, now I see with my eyes
There was no need to be a sad Rabbit who cries,
Because nothing is separate and we are all One,
So it’s time to get out and about in the sun.
Thank you my wise friend for helping me see
I was never alone and now I feel free!
Master Owl smiled and flew back to his tree
Where he sat and he breathed, just happy to be.
Have you stopped to notice how everything links?
Now you know how a Master Owl thinks…
Copyright © 2018 By Rob Holmes