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Unblock Your Hearts for Peace

By Ella Olivares Powell

Do you realize that everything in the world is connected? Unfortunately, most people don’t think of themselves as connected to everything. Right now on this planet, there are a lot of people with anger and fear in their hearts. They believe they are alone. They don’t feel connected. They think they need to keep their hearts protected. They buy more stuff and try to control other people to feel connected. But what people really need to do is to remove what is blocking their pure hearts.

When we unblock our hearts, we build peace and love. We begin to believe in ourselves. When we are connected to our hearts we know that everyone is equal. When we feel connected, we realize we are a part of the earth. A person with a pure heart takes care of the earth and protects her from harm. If we respect each other and the planet, and remember we are all connected, there will be peace in the entire world!

You see, the heart and mind are equals. They work together. Our mind gives us our thoughts and ideas, but the heart makes the mind feel comfortable and loving. Anger and fear cause this block on the heart. Everybody should try to relax and breathe and ask, why am I scared or angry? You can try to write out your feelings as I do, or tell a close friend or family member what you are feeling. You can meditate or just play outside to feel connected again. Do whatever is right for you to unblock your heart. When you wake up the next day you will feel a golden heart as pure as the sun!

When we see people treating each other badly or someone treats us badly, that can add more layers to the heart. When my family moved to Chile from Mexico for a year, I went to a new school and they treated me differently. That didn’t make me feel good, but even though it hurt, I knew I had to keep believing in myself. It doesn’t matter what other people say, the color of your skin, or if you are a boy or girl. You should remember, I am powerful and I am great! You can even run for president! I speak English and Spanish and have an American mom and a Latin American dad. We love to travel to new places. I want the world to be a peaceful place where everyone can travel and learn about different cultures and countries.

When I connect with nature I feel so alive and full of peace! I even hug trees! People pollute the earth, but why? We live by a beautiful creek, but some neighbors were polluting it. We reported what they were doing and I did my best not to let that sadness interfere with my pure heart. That’s what we all have to do. It is difficult to see how people who are not connected to their hearts treat the earth. But we can be patient and do our best to teach them new ways. My family works in the solar business. I hear about clean energy and helping people who live in remote places. I would like to see the whole world connected with clean energy!

It can seem as if things are going pretty badly on earth with glaciers melting, pollution, and wars. The world as we know it could disappear, and we humans might not be here anymore. It would be a very lonely planet. You should ask yourself, “Do I want the world to be better or worse?” I want the world to be better. Peace starts in each of our hearts. We don’t need a lot of new stuff. What we need is love. What we need is to feel connected. What does it do for you when you are angry? You are only hurting you! So let’s unblock our hearts, connect to each other, connect the earth, and live in peace!

The GOI Peace Foundation 2015

As today’s young people are crucial for the shaping of our future, it is imperative that they be enabled to develop to their full potential. UNESCO’s objective is to help empower young people and ensure that their contributions are taken into account. This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination, and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. The contest also aims to inspire society to learn from young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. Marking the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the theme of the 2015 International Essay Contest for Young People was “Building Peace in Our Hearts and Minds.” The winners were selected from 12,960 entries from 148 countries.

Ella Olivares Powell, age 8, born in San Miguel de Allende won 2nd Prize in the Children’s Category. Ella’s name was introduced by the MC as the second-place winner around 39:30 of the video link below.


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