“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”– Thich Nhat Hanh
We have a new tool in the play yard. I gather small groups to try it out. Breathing in: Smell a flower. Breathing out: Blow out a candle. We take turns using the breathing ball to notice our breath and breath together.
Days after our small group orientation, Kimberley brings the breathing ball to a small group that is dysregulated after a conflict. There focus shifts immediately and they each use the ball to calm their bodies, as Kimberley assists. Since then, pairs of children ask to access the ball and use it with respect and intrigue. They breath in while expanding the colorful “ball” and exhale while contracting it.