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For two years in the 1990s, Julia Butterfly Hill lived in a 1500 year old redwood tree that was earmarked to be cut down by a logging company.  The tree came to be affectionately named Luna.  Julia’s dedication saved Luna and many other trees surrounding it.  What’s most remarkable is what she had to say about the impetus behind her actions.  Her words appended below.*

In a world recently stung by the rawness of events, may this soothe a little.  There is so much compassion and inner beauty to behold in the human spirit.  May I choose that as my focal point today and everyday.

“So often activism is based on what we are against, what we don’t like, what we don’t want. And yet we manifest what we focus on. And so we are manifesting yet ever more of what we don’t want, what we don’t like, what we want to change. So for me, activism is about a spiritual practice as a way of life. And I realized I didn’t climb the tree because I was angry at the corporations and the government; I climbed the tree because when I fell in love with the redwoods, I fell in love with the world. So it is my feeling of ‘connection’ that drives me, instead of my anger and feelings of being disconnected.”


*Props to Darlene F. for sharing this quote with me.

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