Asking questions like “why do Asters and Goldenrod look so beautiful together?” led the intrepid Robin Wall Kimmerer to study the plant sciences. Where she ended up investigating the indigenous intelligence inherent in all of life.
Specifically, in her case, by studying some of the smallest plants: mosses. As a bryologist – an expert in moss – her research naturally focuses on these “coral reefs of the forest.” Mosses have capitalized on the power of being small, and flourish in many areas that most other life would not succeed.
How to they do this? They cooperate to share their limited resources and thrive by maximizing natural processes.
As Robin Wall Kimmerer states, “In some Native languages the term for plants translates to those who take care of us.” Mosses are indeed amongst them: they serve important roles in our natural environment, including building up the soil and purifying water.
So what can we learn from these most modest and smallest of plants?
“Mosses, in particular… figured out a lot about how to live well on the earth…in their simplicity, in the power of being small, mosses have become successful all over the world because they…work with the natural forces that lie over every little surface of the world.”
As individuals, entrepreneurs and artists, we can all learn from mosses – and all plants – by developing a capacity to thrive in even the most difficult conditions by accessing our own ancient and innate intelligence, cooperating closely with each other and honoring our own natural practices.
Just like Robin Wall Kimmerer asking and then deeply investigating something so seemingly simple as “Why is the world so beautiful” can drive us both as artists and scientists to explore beyond what we originally thought possible.
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