by The Monk Dude
Palo Alto Hills — A few years ago I spent a week at a wonderful meditation retreat in Kansas, and it was really inspiring to see the children meditating. One of them was my young friend Tarak McLain who meditates every day. He is delightful and fun and
loves to play like all boys, but he has a more serious side.
In 2009, when he was 6 years old he was interviewed on National Public Radio after he wrote this remarkable school assignment:
30 Things I Believe
by Tarak McLain
January 18, 2009
I believe life is good.
I believe God is in everything.
I believe we’re all equal.
I believe we can help people.
I believe everyone is weird in their own way.
I believe hate is a cause for love.
I believe that when I meditate I feel peaceful.
I believe we should be generous.
I believe brothers and sisters should be kind to each other.
I believe kids should respect their parents.
I believe I should not whine.
I believe people should wake up early.
I believe people should go outside more.
I believe in nature.
I believe people should use less trees.
I believe we should help the Arctic and rainforest animals.
I believe people shouldn’t throw litter on the ground.
I believe people should not smoke.
I believe God is in good and bad.
I believe in magic.
I believe people should not give up.
I believe love is everywhere.
I believe that God helps us to have a good time.
I believe we live best in a community.
I believe we can protect people in danger.
I believe we should help the poor.
I believe it’s OK to die but not to kill.
I believe war should not have started.
I believe war should stop.
I believe we can make peace.
(About the Writer: Dada Nabhanilananda, also known as The Monk Dude, is a yoga monk and an award winning songwriter, a meditation instructor and author. He lives in Los Altos Hills in California. For more of his music and works, visit his website on www.themonkdude.com.)