Chapter 1: Starting Small

“My anxiety doesn’t come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”

—HUGH PRATHER, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

THERE’S A TREE I want to show you.

This tree’s located in Pando, which you’ll find in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest in the western United States (FIG 1.1). (It’s a mile or two south of Fish Lake, if you know the area.) And as you walk through Pando, searching for our tree, you’ll pass hundreds of stunningly beautiful aspens, their white bark smooth to the touch, their tops covered in puffs of gold in the autumn, or a deep, rich green in the warmer months. As lovely as these trees are, it’ll ...

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