Julia Butterfly Hill: Bend with the Winds

Julia Butterfly Hill lived in Luna, a 1,000-year-old ancient redwood, for 738 days. The original purpose of her epic stay in the tree was to stop the practice of clear-cutting ancient forests. Over time Julia came to view Luna as a living being.

Learn here the wisdom that Luna imparted to Julia to help her survive a deadly and harrowing El Nino storm, in which Julia thought she was going to die:

“Julia, think of the trees in the storm. They don’t try to stand up straight and tall and erect. They allow themselves to bend and be blown with the wind. They understand the power of letting go. Those trees and branches that try too hard to stand up strong and straight are the ones that break.

“Now is not the time for you to be strong, Julia, or you, too, will break. Learn the power of trees. Let it flow. Let it go. That is the way you are going to make it through this storm. And this is the way you make it through the storms of life.”

–From The Legacy of Luna, by Julia Butterfly Hill (Harper San Francisco, 2000).

From the Wisdom Keeper Series at Care2.

8 comments

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marie W.
Marie W.4 years ago

Moving words.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Cecilie D.
Nora D.5 years ago

Having had the privilege of seeing Julia in person as well as reading her book, I know how inspiring she is both in person and in print.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Good story with many truths in it. Thanks.

Connie W.
Connie W.6 years ago

Legacy of Luna was an excellent book and its author, Julia Butterfly Hill is a remarkable person. Thank you for this excerpt. I hope more people will be inspired to read this book.

Janice P.
Janice P.6 years ago

What a beautiful sentiment. I just first heard of this remarkable woman a couple of days ago - almost 7 years after this article was submitted. I am so intrigued by her story, that I feel compelled to learn more about her. Thank you for reminding me to do that. My attention had already moved on to other topics. Today, I will read what I can about her. Would that we all have her kind of fortitude.

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

thanks for post