Children & Young People
The great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said:
'The soul is healed by being with children.'
Anna Lubelska, coordinator of the Spiritual England network and founder of the UK Peaceful Schools Movement says: 'Peace education for children and young people is essential to creating a more peaceful world.'
A message for youth from the Dalai Lama×
The development of a balanced, wholesome spirituality which relates to our political, economic, scientific, educational and cultural activities, as well as to our personal lives, is the most urgent task that humanity has to address in the new millennium. Professor Ursula King
Spiritual England has created the ‘Peaceful Schools' campaign to bring some stillness and peace into our children’s lives at a time when concerns about young people’s mental health are escalating. Children and young people are bombarded with information, advertising and are under all sorts of other pressures too. We believe that there should be dedicated spaces at the heart of our schools where pupils and students can be quiet and reflect, meditate and/or pray. Anna Lubelska Spiritual England Director
Spirituality is a state of connectedness to life. It is an experience of being, belonging and caring. It is sensitivity and compassion, joy and hope. It is the harmony between the innermost life and the outer life, or the life of the world and the life universal. U Thant Former Secretary General of the United Nations
Out of the confusion of a crumbling society, will emerge individuals who are touched by higher guidance. These will inevitably flow together with others of like inspiration, and a new quality of society will begin to form. This is the true adventure of our time. Sir George Trevelyan Regarded by many as the grandfather of the movement for spiritual regeneration in Britain
I never thought I could sit quietly for ten minutes with my eyes closed, but meditating is easy and fun. A Young Person, aged 12
Meditation is a great tool for children, it enables them to relax and creates a conducive environment for them to be themselves. Pratistha Byoma Kusuma Buddhadharma Sangha
The Spiritual England campaign to bring stillness and peace into children’s lives is inspiring and timely. Felicity Kaplan From Maharishi Foundation®, an educational charity which offers Transcendental Meditation™ in schools thinks it is essential for children to find inner peace and happiness through meditation.
It’s not just children that meditation has an impact on, but also teachers and administration staff. It creates a peaceful and good working environment. Over six hundred research studies have been done on using this system and it has also been proven to help children with ADHD. It also enables children to put more depth into their work. Derek Casells Maharishi School ™in Lancashire
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. Blaise Pascal 17th Century French mathematician, philosopher and physicist
We believe that children need space and time dedicated to being still and peaceful, as part of their own natural growth and development and also as an 'antidote' to some of the pressures that they come across in their daily lives. Jenny Mosley Consultancies
Life for our young people is very busy, crammed with activity and information. It is vital not only that we create opportunities for stillness and reflection for our young people, but that we also teach them how to be still. There was a wonderful calming atmosphere in your session and students told me how much they enjoyed the chance to be quiet and to reflect. A Teacher
A Quiet Place has independent research evidence that shows that this work changes children’s behaviour for the better. Penny Moon
Schools are required by law to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and inspectors are required to inspect it.’ ‘Spiritual development is the development of the non-material element of a human being which animates and sustains us and, depending on our point of view, either ends or continues in some form when we die. It is about the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. It is about the development of a pupil’s ‘spirit’. Some people may call it the development of a pupil’s ‘soul’; others as the development of ‘personality’ or ‘character’. Ofsted Promoting and evaluating pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development - March 2004
The challenge we face is getting teachers to agree with such techniques and some people are very closed when it comes to getting children more involved with who they are. Stella Von Thun Heal Your Space