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Watching thoughts in Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Updated 25 August 2016

Steven Universe is an animated coming-of-age television series about the youngest member of a team of magical guardians of the universe. The “Mindful Education” episode that aired on August 25th, 2016 shows Steven and Connie having difficulty making training progress because they are struggling with and running away from unpleasant thoughts and feelings. Garnet uses the song, “Here Comes a Thought” (embedded above), to help them learn that it’s okay to watch painful thoughts and feelings instead of trying to avoid them—this frees them to do what they need to do to make training progress. This is a super kid-friendly way to introduce kids to mindfulness.

Here Comes a Thought
by Rebecca Sugar

[Garnet] Take a moment to think of just
Flexibility, love, and trust
Take a moment to think of just
Flexibility, love, and trust

Here comes a thought
That might alarm you
What someone said
And how it harmed you

Something you did
That failed to be charming
Things that you said are
Suddenly swarming

And, oh, you’re losing sight, you’re losing touch
All these little things seem to matter so much
That they confuse you
That I might lose you

Take a moment, remind yourself to
Take a moment and find yourself
Take a moment to ask yourself if
This is how we fall apart

But it’s not,(x5)
It’s okay,(x5)
You’ve got nothing,(x4) to fear
I’m here,(x3)

[Stevonnie] Here comes a thought
That might alarm me
What someone said
And how it harmed me

Something I did
That failed to be charming
Things that I said are
Suddenly swarming

And, oh, I’m losing sight, I’m losing touch
All these little things seem to matter so much
That they confuse me
[Both] That I might lose me

Take a moment, remind yourself to
Take a moment and find yourself
Take a moment and ask yourself if
This is how we fall apart

But it’s not,(x5)
It’s okay,(x5)
I’ve got nothing,(x4) to fear
I’m here,(x3)

And it was just a thought,(x5)
It’s okay,(x5)
We can watch,(x4) them go by
From here,(x3)

[Stevonnie] Take a moment to think of just
Flexibility, love, and trust
Take a moment to think of just
Flexibility, love, and trust