Moss Rules

I don’t always read about nature, but when I do, it’s usually about plants. Plants are pretty amazing…the amount of uses us humans have for them is incredible, and we hardly know it. I enjoy learning all about gorgeous, lush plants and their healing power.

I read Gathering Moss, by scientist Robin Wall Kimmerer and was totally surprised by it’s brilliance. I relate facts about moss to humans and organizations, and how we can learn from it. I also reveal amazing uses moss and other plants have for us! Seriously, enjoy.

My questions and thoughts:

  • What are the conditions that foster diverse communities rather than isolated individuals?
  • Attentiveness alone can rival the most powerful magnifying lens.
  • The best way to find something is not to go looking for it. Watch out of the corner of your eye, open to possibility, and what you seek will be revealed.
  • Words and names are how humans build relationships.
  • In being small, their limitation is their strength; ex. children.
  • People/organizations can coexist by developing their own preferences. By specializing in something you can avoid competition.
  • Cool idea – label a jar, “If you fear change, leave it here.”
  • Acceptance is a way of being. Moss earns their freedom from the pain of change by total surrender to the ways of the rain.
  • Don’t wait, become. Lay aside resistance for the promise of becoming.
  • We are shaped by our affinity for love, expanded by its presence and shrunken by it’s lack.
  • Life attracts life. Moss-trees-birds-berries-people. Garbage attracts garbage.
  • Don’t push through things without looking first!
  • Stability comes from diversity. Find ways to make short term profits along with long term advantages. Specialized organizations come and go…keep options open and maintain the freedom of choice.
  • The Chinese character for catastrophe is the same as that which represents the word opportunity.
  • Remember that many businesses survive off disturbances in life.
  • Coexistence is possible only when the two species diverge from one another in some essential way. Beings can coexist by specializing; ex. Different mosses living in the big vs. small gaps on logs, avoiding competition.
  • Jewelweed will prevent poison ivy rash from ever developing. It is poison ivy’s companion and grows within the same vicinity of it. This is true for all plants…they have purposes connected to humans.
  • Mosses were used for sources of steam, diapers, sanitary napkins, insulation, stanching a wound, cradling babies, and more.
  • Don’t we all find our place by participation in the life of the world?
  • You cannot own a thing and love it at the same time. (Or can you?) Owning diminishes the innate sovereignty of a thing, enriching the possessor and reducing the possessed.
  • Take only the little you need and give back in abundance!

Here are some of my moss photographs. You cannot deny its beauty…

moss meets snow




Thanks for reading!

You can purchase here:
Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

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