Yesterday at Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland Maine I got to lead the entire school community through activities to help calm the nervous system.
The sound of 450 students and their teachers breathing into their bellies at the same time in the gymnasium was a dream come true! The power of the breath and community can transform lives. Something so simple, yet when practiced consistently has the power to shift many things, internally and externally.
When we practice together, it gives every human an opportunity to pause, connect to their feelings/needs and feel safe.
When people feel safe they are better learners and more compassionate human beings. Every child should have access to tools to help them feel safe in their bodies, minds surroundings.
Educating the whole child (physical, social, emotional, cognitive) is a necessity.