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Warm Cheeks

KidSpirit | Posted 01.17.2017 | Religion

By contributing writer Husnaa Hashim for KidSpirit's Human Dignity issue. "I don't want learning, or dignity, or respectability. I want this music...

The Joy of Byzantine Catholicism

KidSpirit | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion

By contributing writer Christopher Woods for KidSpirit's Happiness issue. I was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church. Shortly after I was born, ...

Can Labeling Predetermine Success or Failure?

KidSpirit | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion

By contributing writer Nimai Agarwal for KidSpirit's Human Dignity issue. Short. It's often the first thing that comes to mind when people see me....

(Re)Frame of Reference

KidSpirit | Posted 10.27.2016 | Religion

By contributing writer Lizsandra Montiel for KidSpirit's The Stranger issue. I wasn't doing great in school. My parents always talked about switch...

The Wholeness of Nature

KidSpirit | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion

By contributing writer Katie Reis for KidSpirit's Myth and Magic issue. I'm not a religious person. I was baptized a Catholic but slowly realized t...

Happiness Through Service

KidSpirit | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion

By contributing writer Jung Woo Bae for KidSpirit's Happiness issue. There is a widespread view that happiness is obtained through reciprocity. In ...

Love's Final Form

KidSpirit | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion

I waxed and waned until I found power within my own happiness. I didn't have to rely on the happiness of others anymore. I deepened my relationship to truth and light, not necessarily in my religion. It was a flowing and deep river of self-trust and self-learning.

The Stranger

KidSpirit | Posted 08.03.2016 | Religion

By contributing writer Mustafa Khan for KidSpirit's issue on The Stranger. The stranger can't be trusted. The stranger is inhospitable and dangerous....

The Earth and Me

KidSpirit | Posted 07.06.2016 | Religion

Islam is a religion that teaches duty and responsibility. We are made dependent on one another so that we may help each other. My relationship with the earth isn't limited to just my lifetime, but to those born after me.

The Ecology of Our Minds

KidSpirit | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion

When I was eight years old, my parents used to take me to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. We would go every week of the summer, spread out a blanket on the grass, and enact a tradition central to our monotheistic branch of Hinduism: singing devotional songs to passersby, often accompanied by a harmonium and brass hand symbols.

A Buddhist Theory of Language

KidSpirit | Posted 05.04.2016 | Religion

I knelt on the silken scarf laid across the hardwood floor, my head bent in silent prayer to the spirits of my ancestors. I heard muffled sounds of chanting monks through the old music player at the side of the decaying red shrine.

Two Traditions: A Multitude of Symbols

KidSpirit | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion

Aside from the rich cultural heritage, there are priceless pearls of wisdom that continue to be passed down through the generations, even today. These heirlooms have grown to be an important part of our lives.

How I Found My Voice Through Blogging

Julia Schemmer | Posted 03.01.2015 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

Every story, earth-shattering or not, deserves to be told. Without the small stories, how would someone understand the big stories?

One Last Letter for You, Santa

KidSpirit | Posted 12.07.2015 | Teen

I love you, Santa. Have a very, very Merry Christmas! Good luck making all those presents, dear friend. My little sister's counting on you.

The Soul and The Mind: An Indian Outlook on Progress

KidSpirit | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

I believe in the sanctity of my culture and our age-old value system. That a handful of our people indulge in immoral acts no way implies that our entire population is sinful or corrupt.

I Became A Self-Published Author At 17 (And You Can, Too)

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

Self-publishing has sprung up recently due to the advent of the amazing Internet, and it allows anyone (like myself) to be proclaimed authors.

Rising Above Borders

KidSpirit | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

A perceived wall does not only exist between India and Pakistan. This happens with countries all across the globe. We have, for some reason, decided to attribute more importance to nationality, or geography, or even religion, when instead we should focus more on our inherent qualities: our sense of self, values and ethics.

A Light in the Abyss

KidSpirit | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion

Life is about searching for truth; to make sense of this strange and confusing planet we live on, to know why everything is the way it is, to uncover the labyrinth behind the saying, "Everything happens for a reason."

Beauty in Judaism

KidSpirit | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion

I am a Jew, by heritage and ethnicity. No one in my family is particularly religious; I don't think any of us believe in God.

A Year Of HuffPost Teen Magic

Isabel Song | Posted 07.30.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

It's hard to find a community that values teenage voices and creates a place that fosters communication and thought specifically geared towards upcoming adults, but that's exactly what HuffPost Teen is for me.

A Review: 'One Teen Story'

Amy Yoelin | Posted 06.24.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

Often in our English classes we hear about literary magazines, but have you actually read any? Well, if you haven't, you're in luck! Now more than ever, there are literary magazines geared towards the young adult genre. (Insert happy dance.)

Fellow Teen Bloggers, We're Onto Something Big

Emmel El-Fiky | Posted 05.25.2014 | Teen
Emmel El-Fiky

As most of you who follow Huffington Post Teen on Twitter know, the teen bloggers have gotten together to start up group chats and a Facebook group, in order to get to know each other a little bit better.

How To Really Know If You're Ready To Wear Makeup

Taylor Griffith | Posted 05.22.2014 | Teen
Taylor Griffith

Even as I played dress up with my friends, I couldn't picture them using real makeup of their own until they were actually moms themselves. Little did I know how much of a sway the beauty industry and society would have on them.

5 Ways Not To Let The Haters Get You Down

Camryn Garrett | Posted 03.11.2014 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

The first time I told someone about my dream of being a writer, I was told that I needed to learn to love criticism. Why on Earth would I love hearing someone point out everything that was wrong with my story? Then we started to peer edit each other's work in school.

9 Incredible Pieces Of Wisdom From Teens For 2014

Posted 01.23.2014 | Teen

While the words "2013" and "teenagers" may conjure up images of selfies and twerking, here at HuffPost Teen, we don't buy it. Reflecting on the year, ...