Feeling upset? Just breathe…. take a nice deep breath in through your nose and let it out through your mouth. Yesterday I wrote Mindfulness is a superpower. It seemed only appropriate to follow up that post with this powerful video. Here’s the deal: Far too often, you are thinking and worrying about things of the past or things that might happen (and generally never do). You can awfulize and imagine the worst things happening or you can create a positive future fantasy imaging that the best things are happening. Either way, it is your imagination. Your body doesn’t know the difference between what is really happening versus what you imagine is happening. When you imagine being chased by the saber tooth tiger, your body produces the exact same chemicals as if it is real. With mindfulness self-hypnosis you can become aware of your breath, your butt in the chair and your feet on the floor. Being mindful in that moment, you can recognize that you are OK – that the things you are worrying about are not real – they are not happening. Just breathe and know that you are OK.
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by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)
Published on Jan 26, 2015: The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how emotions affect different regions of the brain, and how to calm down by taking deep breaths — all things they were beginning to learn in Kindergarten at their new school, Citizens of the World Charter School, in Mar Vista, CA. 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. The following year, I decided to take a 6-week online course on Mindfulness through Mindful Schools (http://www.mindfulschools.org/), figuring that if my son was learning about this, it only made sense that I should learn too. Within the first week, I felt the positive effects of this practice take root not only on my own being but in my relationships with others.
As a filmmaker, I am always interested in finding a subject worthy of filming, and I felt strongly that Mindfulness was a necessary concept to communicate visually. Thankfully my husband, who happens to be my filmmaking partner, agreed. We made “Just Breathe” with our son, his classmates and their family members one Saturday afternoon. The film is entirely unscripted – 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 …
I’ve been teaching mindfulness self-hypnosis since 1997 in my Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge hypnosis offices and more recently worldwide online via the Hypnosis Health Info Virtual Office. Clients across the U.S. and around the world share with me the profound benefits that they have achieved as a result of learning mindfulness from me. You too can learn to just breathe ….. and know that you are OK. If you are ready to begin living mindfully, give me a call or send me an email now.
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