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"Slow Mo Catch" Practice for Kids

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In collaboration with Wisconsin Public Television, Center well-being expert Chad McGehee shares a "Slow-Mo Catch" mindfulness practice for kids. 

The practice teaches children to use their hands to draw attention to their breath. This video is part of a series of well-being videos for young viewers.

"Slow Mo Catch" Practice

Join me for a moment to do a practice called "Slow Mo Catch." You know how after a great catch in a football game or a softball game, it's often showed in slow motion on TV? The player is focused, aware, and ready to catch the ball. In this practice, instead of catching the ball, we'll be catching the end of our breath. When we breathe in, hands open, when you breathe out, hands closed. Breathing in, hands open. Breathing out, catching the end of your breath. In, open. Out, catching the end of your breath. In, open. Out, close. In, open. Out, catching the end of your breath.

Notice how things are for you now after doing this brief practice. Is your body calm? What thoughts are you thinking? Can you think of a time when you could do this practice during your day? Keep trying this at home and we'll see you next time when you get up and go.

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