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“This Way is the Future” by Hayden Shaw, Co-Founder of S.E.E.D.S.

To begin with, I want to say that I love you. Each of you vibrant, beautiful, yearning, striving human beings who are alive in these wild times and whose eyes have somehow found their way to these words. I love you. I love you and I, too, feel what pivotal and precarious times we find ourselves in. It is from this heart-place that I offer these words in humble reflection of how I have been making sense and finding meaning in the wake of the recent uprising at our nation’s capitol.

It could be so easy to view this recent…

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“Sunshine Through the Dark Forest.” Photo by Hayden Shaw, Co-founder of S.E.E.D.S.

Fear prowls through the collective landscape. Waves of anxiety wash over minds, panic grips hearts, grief rips open families, uncertainty paralyzes bodies, and distance separates communities. The people set their sights on solid ground, but it is hidden beneath the rising water. Where do we turn when our stories no longer teach us how to meet the challenges of our times? Who do we look toward for guidance when our leaders have misused their power and revealed their limitations? What gives us solace in a world falling apart before our very eyes?

In these times of profound upheaval and disorientation…

Alia Stewart-Silver, LCSW

Alia is a licensed therapist and cultural facilitator. She is the co-founder of the grassroots healing justice project S.E.E.D.S. (

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