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HEALING BREATH by William Meyer


A Guided Meditation Through Nature for Kids

by William Meyer ; illustrated by Brittany R. Jacobs

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 2021
ISBN: 978-1-60868-746-6
Publisher: New World Library

This guided meditation begins with a comforting note from the author validating climate anxiety and other concerns.

According to this opening text, the purpose of the book is to help readers cope with worry “about the future of our planet,” which will, in turn, “empower” them to take action. The meditation begins by asking readers to get comfortable and to notice their breathing. The author asks them to observe whether their breath is “short,” “long,” “deep,” or “shallow.” Next, the author compares readers’ breathing to the push and pull of the ocean, an exercise that leads to a more complex visualization of different aspects of nature. Readers are asked to picture themselves on a beach, then floating over a coastline, a grassland, and a jungle. After moving up and up ever higher—so high, in fact, that they are on top of towering mountains—readers are asked to imagine the people on Earth, such as fishermen, herders, and farmers. Finally, readers descend back to the forests, fields, and deserts—then plunge into the center of the Earth, where it is calm and peaceful and possible to just breathe. The book’s illustrations are striking and feature characters with diverse skin tones and hair textures, including one dark-skinned child who wears hijab. The words are lyrical and comforting, and the images that the meditation conjures are both kid friendly and relaxing.

A poetic and beautifully illustrated meditation.

(Picture book. 3-6)