“Just breathe”

We share this interesting video where a group of children talk about their emotions, how they feel when they get angry and how through breathing and meditation they can face these difficult emotions such as anger or frustration and reach a state of calm. Undoubtedly, an apprenticeship that is very good for us.

This video has a beautiful story behind it. Its creators, Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman explain it with these words: “Inspiration for ‘Just breathe’ It came first just over a year ago when I overheard my 5 year old talking to his friends about how emotions affect different areas of the brain, and how to calm down by taking a few deep breaths – things they were learning in kindergarten at their school . I was amazed and happy to witness how meaningful social-emotional learning was being in elementary school to these very young minds.

The following year, I decided to take a 6-week online course through Mindful Schools, thinking that if my son was learning about this, it made sense for me to learn as well. From the first week I noticed the positive effects of this practice not only reflected in my own being but also in my relationships with others.

As a filmmaker, I am always interested in finding a subject worth filming and I felt that Mindfulness was a concept that needed to be communicated visually. Luckily, my partner, who is also my partner making movies, agreed. We did “Just breathe” with our son, his classmates and with his family on a Saturday afternoon. The video is unscripted – what the children say is exclusively based on their neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they can cope with them through breathing and meditation. They, in turn, teach us all.

Sandra B. Lusk
Freelance author Food,Fitness and Weight Loss

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