Wrenna Rose
Wrenna Rose

mindful field notes

Mindful Field Notes is an online journal by Wrenna Rose

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Resiliency

A month ago, this patch of moss was lush and green. Since summer arrived, moss has seen too much sun and not enough moisture. But moss is resilient. As I read Robin Wall Kimmerer's book, Gathering Moss, I am deepening my awareness and relationship with this magnificent being. Having learned that moss can lose up to 98 percent of moisture and still survive, I give this moss a cooling drink. I am hopefully curious, wanting to ensure that moss is indeed alive. Sure enough, moss soaks up this gift of water and immediately begins to revive. What looked shrunk and shriveled now expands and unfurls. Within a day of drenching moss several times, I can see green returning. Flattened crisp mounds begin to soften and plump. I am in awe of this transformation— in moss's ability to adapt to seemingly adverse conditions. Though moss is built for this level of struggle, I want more for moss than to simply tolerate and survive. As I wish for all living beings, I want moss to fully thrive. 

 Moss in the spring.

Moss in the spring.

 After one day of watering. 

After one day of watering.