Posted by KidSpirit Online on October 4, 2019

By Samantha Singh for KidSpirit's Society and the Individual Issue.

Peace. It’s an unusual word in this bizzare time. Some say it means that war is not present, but this word has more depth than just that meager definition.

It's true that without war we can gain peace, but war is inevitable unless we take steps to prevent it.

Posted by KidSpirit Online on September 26, 2019

By Hannah Schuett for KidSpirit's Reality and Perception Issue.

In my culturally diverse family, I am exposed to many different customs in my day-to-day life, which has made me appreciate diverse cultures and traditions.

Whenever I am at my father’s house, we celebrate Jewish holidays . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on September 6, 2019

By Will Hodgkinson for KidSpirit's Heritage Issue.

A shimmering pool of knowledge;
Scintillating wisdom —
foraged from 85 fecund years

From pasting together the fragile balsa strips

Posted by KidSpirit Online on August 15, 2019

By Satya Shaw for Kidspirit's Fear and Anxiety Issue.

I’m an 11-year-old boy growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and although my mom and dad have given me many ways to handle fear and anxiety, I’ve naturally come up with some of my own.

My mom is a progressive Hindu and a women’s rights activist. She helps women and girls in Afghanistan go from harsh environments to ones where they can thrive. It is important to her that I know about my Indian heritage, and she teaches me a lot about Hinduism.

What I have learned from my mom is . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on August 1, 2019

by Ateya Stepanovich for Kidspirit's Society and the Individual Issue.

It is a story as old as the world, or maybe even older. A battle from times we don’t even remember, a battle between gods that turned into a war between their pilgrims.

The center of almost every war and every battle are love and hatred, the most powerful feelings. There is one more element that causes war: religion! The conflict is always the same: who is the only God? We try to impose one religion everywhere.

Everyone decides alone what to believe in and which path to travel.

Posted by KidSpirit Online on July 16, 2019

by Celie Johnson for Kidspirit's Numbers & Symbols Issue.

The world is irrelevant. All focus is on one thing: the present; every aspect and every physical thing, feeling, or emotion that creates every second, of every hour, of every day.

In this particular moment, I am on my boat Totoro, named after my favorite childhood movie. The name brings back memories of the dozens of times my sisters and I watched the animated film, cuddled in knit afghans, embraced in yawns created by being up past 10 pm.

Totoro is the embodiment of my childhood; . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on July 4, 2019

By Maya and Sofia Mesh for KidSpirit's Human Dignity issue.

No matter where I go
There have always been people with teachings,
Insisting that they know
The true struggle behind their preachings.

What a shame it all is . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on June 20, 2019

By Ameena Naqvi for KidSpirit's Creation and Destruction issue.

The universe is comprised of the two fundamental ideas of creation and destruction. They are the essence of all societies, and while many think they are polar opposites and completely detached from each other, I strongly believe that they can be seen as two sides of the same coin.

In truth, every creation is preceded by a state of destruction, and every destruction is preceded by some order of creation. Cultural shifts throughout the world clearly show that during periods of oppression and destruction within societies, ingenuity and creation begin to emerge and eventually provide a richer, more prosperous culture.

My own South Asian community is a prominent example . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on June 10, 2019

By Junyor Florentín for KidSpirit's The Adventurous Spirit Edition

My name is Junyor Nicolás Florentín García. I am 17 years old, and I am from Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay.

Coronel Oviedo has become a big city and a nice place to live, but, similar to other cities in my country, it is still very traditional and religious. Most people are not open-minded at all, which is why almost everyone thinks that the new is bad and that it is better to stick with the usual routine and our comfort zones.

Why risk exploring or wanting to know the unknown? . . .

Posted by KidSpirit Online on May 16, 2019

By Nimai Agarwal for KidSpirit's Human Dignity issue.

Short.

It's often the first thing that comes to mind when people see me. At five feet four inches tall, I'm far below the average height of American men.

I used to get uncomfortable in middle school when my friends stood side by side and compared heights. I faced their jokes about my height with resentment. Visits to the doctor left me with a sense of impending doom. Why was I so freakish? Would people ever take me seriously?

I tried to shove away the idea that I would always be short. . . .

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Young people are brimming with vision and prophetic wisdom. This blog features 11- to 17-year-olds in deep and often surprising explorations of spiritual life. Their original writing and artwork was first published in KidSpirit, the sole spiritual magazine by and for global youth. Their words call us to approach eternal questions with wonder. More

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