how to grow a democracy

January 23rd, 2017

Study the trees that will outlive you by a thousand years.

Look up to the one sky that unites all beings.

Walk the earth with the millions that came before you and the millions to come after.

With each step, plant a seed so small that it is nearly invisible.

Do not doubt the power of that one seed.

Let clouds, wind, rain, sun and fire pass over.

Trust your feet; believe your eyes.

Hold fast to those truths that are self-evident.

Study the trees.

Before the marches last weekend, my sister, niece and I walked through the Muir Woods National Monument, an old-growth redwood forest north of San Francisco. Redwoods can grow as tall as 380 feet from a seed the size of a tomato seed. The majority of the trees located in Muir Woods National Monument are between 500 to 800 years old. The oldest tree in the protected forest is over 1200 years old.


  1. Powerful. Thank you. I turned the prayer wheels at the monastery today with my wee grandson. Sending prayers. (I also wrote to my representatives.)

    Comment by Gretchen Staebler — January 23, 2017 @ 5:08 pm

  2. “Thank you so much to the women of America who stood up today against tyranny. We are so lucky to have you,”
    Eric Idle

    “This to will pass.”
    Eckhart Tolle

    How lucky you are to be able to stand by a tree that is so very old and to be able to touch something living that exists in such a different concept of time.
    My heart goes out to everyone in the US. (Even the ones who voted for this president. I’m with Jesus on this: “Forgive them father for they know not what they have done.”)

    Comment by Simone — January 24, 2017 @ 3:12 am

  3. Thank you so much for this. I am grateful for the combination of inspiration, direction and poetry.

    Comment by Antonia — January 24, 2017 @ 8:34 am

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