One of the very first breath plays I would teach children was to Breathe in Love, Breathe out Love; Breathe in Peace, Breathe out Peace; Breathe in Joy and Breathe out Joy. That was enough to fill ourselves and the room with good energy. As we get older, though, it seems prudent to actually learn to breathe out the feelings that are crippling us. So we would Breathe in Love, Breathe out Fear; Breathe in Peace, Breathe out Stress, Breathe in Joy, Breathe out Anxiety. Then after a few rounds of that we would follow with Breathing in Love, Out love; In Peace, Out Peace; In Joy, Out Joy. For very young children we would simply Breathe in Love, Breathe out Bad, Breathe in Peace, Breathe out Mad, Breathe in Joy, Breathe out Sad. An easy way for little ones to get the idea of breathing in all that is helpful and breathing out all that is not.
2. Notice a transparent version of yourself moving through the screen, leaving any worries, fears, concerns, sadness or unpleasant thoughts and feelings behind, stuck in the screen.
3. Begin to feel yourself lighter and free from the energies that hold you down or keep you back.
4. If necessary go through yet another screen door with even finer mesh to catch any lingering energies that are not serving you well.
5. Do this before you go to bed or anytime you need to step back from unhealthy thoughts and feelings. You can pick them up later if you feel you must, but at this time you are free from all concerns of which you have no control. This allows you a good night's sleep, a good day in the classroom or in the office or anywhere you choose to place the screen door.
6. I know one teacher who would put an invisible screen door up on her classroom and have each child walk through the screen leaving any energy from the schoolyard (recess, lunch quibbles, etc.) outside the classroom. This would be a great way to keep your school safe and healthy, or your office or your home. Simply imagine any unwanted energies being caught in the screen and not allowed in the room. Little tiffs, difficult attitudes, stress, germs all could be caught in the screen allowing your space to be free of energy debris.
7. Another idea is to have an imaginary garbage can at the door and have each child (or adult) entering, drop their "garbage" (unwanted energy - arguments, feelings of insecurity, arrogance, anger, hurt, etc.) in the can.
8. The bottom line is the room in which you are to work or sleep is free from any negativity, resulting in a better night's sleep, a better day in general. Any energy can be picked up later if it seems necessary but it not allowed in the room when work or sleep needs to be tended to.
9. Please do remember if something is troubling it is not OK to just dismiss it. It needs to be brought out in to the open - "name it to tame it". However, the screen door exercise allows a period of peace to sleep, concentrate or get through a situation needing attention until the feelings can be addressed at a better time. Sometimes, those feelings do dissipate in the screen door and that is enough. Sometimes it is not.