Six Children Teach Us About Mindfulness In Touching Short Film: Just Breathe

22/05/2015 13:46 | Updated 22 May 2015

Children rarely discuss their emotions with adults, or reveal what really goes on inside their head when they're mad.

But in this touching video by Wavecrest Films, six children show us how they deal with difficult emotions and how their mind works.

It certainly makes us think they could teach us a thing or two.

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The video was uploaded by a mum called Julie Bayer Salzman who went on a course at the mindfulness training centre, Mindful Schools'.

She discussed her inspiration for making the film on YouTube:

"[It] came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then five-year-old son talking with his friend about how to calm down by taking deep breaths..

"I was surprised and overjoyed to witness first-hand just how significant social-emotional learning in an elementary school curriculum was on these young minds."

Salzman felt strongly that mindfulness was a necessary concept to communicate visually through a film. She made the film with her son and his classmates, and it was entirely non-scripted.


Our brain when we're angry

The children begin by talking about the things that make them angry.

"My brain can get a headache and it can start hurting," says one young boy.

Another child describes how his blood starts pumping and he gets really sweaty and the young girl pictured below says being mad can really take over your body.

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"It's kind of like if you had a jar, and your jar would be your brain and the glitter in your jar would be how you feel like...

"When you shake up the jar, the glitter goes everywhere... that would be how your mind looks."


But what comes after is a really touching discussion of how these children deal with these emotions. Here is some of their advice.

"When I get really angry and want to yell, I just take deep breaths"
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"First, you find a place to be alone, then you try to relax and calm down"
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As the children are talking, the film shows adults acting on their advice. Taking deep breaths. Spending time alone. Calming down.

"I just take really deep breaths"

"Sometimes, I just close my eyes and take deep breaths"
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The insightful children then discuss how calming down affects their brain.

"It's coming down to not moving, it's slowing down and then it stops and the heart pumps slow and then it goes into your brain," says one.

"I feel more calm, my brain slows down, and then I'm ready to speak," says another girl.

The girl who used glitter to describe her anger, says it's like all the glitter has settled at the bottom of the jar.

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If ever you needed something to calm you down, this is it.

Just breathe.

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