About the Story

About the Story

Hello! My name is Shawn Elliot Russell. And I hope this story inspires you 🙂

I wrote “Be Still, Little Tree, Be Still” after overcoming anxiety and health issues that left me jobless, home-bound, and terrified, desperate to live a normal life again.

Over the course of two years, I faced my deepest fears and got my life back, becoming braver and stronger than ever before. I felt grateful and I wanted to share what I had learned, so that maybe it could help other people. That’s when this story was born.

Please feel free to watch the animated music video version of the story below or download the free eBook. I hope you enjoy it. May the story inspire peace, courage, and hope within you.


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“Students at both campuses were fully immersed in interactive presentations that inspired hope and courage, and also taught fundamental skills for emotional wellness and lifelong success.” – United Independent School District

“When I read this well written book with lovely illustrations, I remembered being a child. I would wonder, “What do I do now?” when I felt lost because I didn’t understand what was happening. I’m sure many children, if not all, feel like this sometimes. I’m guessing that this allegory will fulfill their need to know and then it will empower them to “Be Still, Little Person, Be Still” I would love to hear their dharma sharing about this and see their drawings… and it occurs to me that it is an adults’ book too! Very sweet reminder for us.”
               — Earleen Roumagoux, Wake Up Schools at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village (www.wakeupschools.org)

“Heartfelt and wise. A timeless lesson beautifully tailored for our youth.”
               — Caverly Morgan, Executive Director, Peace in Schools (www.peaceinschools.org)

“A poignant, universally accessible metaphor of a tree who can weather any storm both within and out.”
                — Christina Costelo, Mindful Schools (www.mindfulschools.org)

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