Kindergarteners Talk About Mindfulness in “Just Breathe” Short Film
In the four-minute film, kindergarteners talk about coping with emotions and using meditation and breathing techniques.
We’re interrupting your regular mindfulness news roster to bring you: Children talking about mindfulness. Because, really, after hearing mindfulness’ benefits trumpeted from Wall Street to ABC News to practically everywhere else, we could use a little plain language. A little straight talk—from little people.
In the four-minute film, kindergarteners talk about coping with emotions and using meditation and breathing techniques. Filmmakers Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman created “Just Breathe” with their son, classmates, and family members one Saturday afternoon.
“The film is entirely unscripted,” says Julie. “What the kids say is based purely on their own neuro-scientific understanding of difficult emotions, and how they cope through breathing and meditation.
“They, in turn, are teaching us all.”
Julie was inspired to create the film after taking a six-week course with Mindful Schools, an organization that teaches mindfulness in US schools.
“Just Breathe” aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday program in the spring of 2015, after Oprah’s interview with the mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn.