Imagine If All Kids Dealt with Their Feelings Like This

6-year-olds describing mindfulness in action. Seriously powerful stuff.

Jun 5, 2015

The first few seconds of this short film sees a series of six-year-olds delivering insightful, self-aware descriptions of big emotions. They describe the build up of anger, the mental processes and physiological reactions - in everyday terms and with eloquent metaphors.

And then comes mindfulness. These startlingly mature kids explain a simple process of taking a few deep breaths and letting everything slow down. They talk about how they ride out their feelings in a conscious way - through breathing and meditation.

Completely unscripted, Just Breathe came about when the filmmaker's son was taught social-emotional tools as part of his elementary school curriculum. Through the innocent, pure voices of their young son and his classmates, filmmakers Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman show how powerful such simple mindfulness instruction can be - for people of all ages. The film inspires a picture of a world in which children learn how to deal with anger and other big feelings before they reach their teenage years - and perhaps teach their parents a thing or two, too.

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