A Meditation for Children

A Meditation for Children

It’s 40 years since the United Nations released this Meditation for Children, but it feels even more relevant today.  In a world where an estimated 356 million children live in extreme poverty, it’s essential that we unite as one world family.

UNICEF confirms the following disturbing facts:

  • Children who grow up impoverished often lack the food, sanitation, shelter, health care and education they need to survive and thrive.

  • Across the world, about 1 billion children are multidimensionally poor, meaning they lack necessities as basic as nutrition or clean water.

  • Worldwide, the poorest children are twice as likely to die in childhood than their wealthier peers.

  • For those growing up in humanitarian crises, the risks of deprivation and exclusion surge.

  • Even in the world’s richest countries, one in seven children still live in poverty. 

A Meditation for Children

I am a member of the world family.
I am related to those who stand next to me
by the air we breathe
by the light we share
the hope we have for a better world.
I have a responsibility
to give
to receive
to be open, tolerant, free.
I have inherited this world from those who have lived here before.
I occupy space and time for a few short years.
I hold this world in trust for those who will follow.
My life, with others, can fashion this world toward
peace, rather than strife
hope, rather than despair
freedom, rather than slavery.
I, with those about me, can make the Brotherhood of Man a living thing.
I pledge my willing spirit to this thought.
We will do this together!

– The United Nations, 1982

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