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Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “We need to unearth the old stories that live in a place and begin to create new ones, for we are storymakers, not just storytellers.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “And, while expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives by creating unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but the economy needs emptiness.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “A good mother grows into a richly eutrophic old woman, knowing that her work doesn’t end until she creates a home where all of life’s beings can flourish. There are grandchildren to nurture, and frog children, nestlings, goslings, seedlings, and spores, and I still want to be a good mother.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “I suppose that’s the way we humans are, thinking too much and listening too little. Paying attention acknowledges that we have something to learn from intelligences other than our own. Listening, standing witness, creates an openness to the world in which the boundaries between us can dissolve in a raindrop. The drop swells on the tip of a cedar and I catch it on my tongue like a blessing.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “I cherish a witch hazel kind of day, a scrap of color, a light in the window when winter is closing all around.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Gardens are simultaneously a material and a spiritual undertaking. That’s hard for scientists, brainwashed by Cartesian dualism, to grasp.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Imagine that while our neighbors were holding a giveaway, someone broke into their home to take whatever he wanted. We would be outraged at the moral trespass. So it should be for the earth. The earth gives away for free the power of wind and sun and water, but instead we break open the earth to take fossil fuels. Had we taken only that which is given to us, had we reciprocated the gift, we would not have to fear our own atmosphere today.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and I can only imagine the conversation between Eve and Skywoman: “Sister, you got the short end of the stick...”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “A place becomes a home when it sustains you, when it feeds you in body as well as spirit.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Their success is measured not by consumption and growth, but by graceful longevity and simplicity, by persistence while the world changed around them. It is changing now.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “His teachings remind us that one half of the truth is that the earth endows us with great gifts, the other half is that the gift is not enough. The responsibility does not lie with the maples alone. The other half belongs to us; we participate in its transformation. It is our work, and our gratitude, that distills the sweetness.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “To plant trees is an act of faith.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “It is the Windigo way that tricks us into believing that belongings will fill our hunger, when it is belonging that we crave.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Listening, standing witness, creates an openness to the world in which the boundaries between us can dissolve in a raindrop.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “It is not just changes in policies that we need, but also changes to the heart. Scarcity and plenty are as much qualities of the mind and spirit as they are of the economy. Gratitude plants the seed for abundance.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives by creating unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but the economy needs emptiness.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “That, I think, is the power of ceremony: it marries the mundane to the sacred. The water turns to wine, the coffee to a prayer. The material and the spiritual mingle like grounds mingled with humus, transformed like steam rising from a mug into the morning mist.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Through reciprocity the gift is replenished. All of our flourishing is mutual.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Wealth among traditional people is measured by having enough to give away. Hoarding the gift, we become constipated with wealth, bloated with possessions, too heavy to join the dance.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “For what good is knowing, unless it is coupled with caring? Science can give us knowing, but caring comes from someplace else.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Both were women with feet planted deep in the earth, who took pride in a back strong enough to carry a load for others.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “When we call a place by name it is transformed from wilderness to homeland.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “The still air smelled of sweetgrass hanging from the rafters. What words can capture that smell? The fragrance of your mother’s newly washed hair as she holds you close, the melancholy smell of summer slipping into fall, the smell of memory that makes you close your eyes for a moment, and then a moment longer.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Paying attention acknowledges that we have something to learn from intelligences other than our own. Listening, standing witness, creates an openness to the world in which the boundaries between us can dissolve in a raindrop.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “I smile when I hear my colleagues say “I discovered X.” That’s kind of like Columbus claiming to have discovered America. It was here all along, it’s just that he didn’t know it. Experiments are not about discovery but about listening and translating the knowledge of other beings.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “We Americans are reluctant to learn a foreign language of our own species, let alone another species. But imagine the possibilities. Imagine the access we would have to different perspectives, the things we might see through other eyes, the wisdom that surrounds us.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Gratitude doesn’t send you out shopping to find satisfaction; it comes as a gift rather than a commodity, subverting the foundation of the whole economy. That’s good medicine for land and people alike.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “The roots may spread out like a map, but a map only helps if you know where you want to go.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “But isn’t play the way we get limbered up for the work of the world?”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Ceremony focuses attention so that attention becomes intention. If you stand together and profess a thing before your community, it holds you accountable.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “That September pairing of purple and gold is lived reciprocity; its wisdom is that the beauty of one is illuminated by the radiance of the other.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Whatever our gift, we are called to give it and to dance for the renewal of the world. In return for the privilege of breath.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “People understood that when lives are given on their behalf they have received something precious. Ceremonies are a way to give something precious in return.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Ceremony focuses attention so that attention becomes intention.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Most spores can’t germinate in the leafy carpet of their own parents.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Leave this place better than you found it,” she admonished. And so we did. We also had to leave wood for the next person’s fire, with tinder and kindling.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “The Earth asks that we give our considerable gifts, in return for all we’ve been given and in return for all we have taken. We are called to a movement made of equal parts outrage and love.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “All amphibians are tethered to the pond by their evolutionary history, the most primitive vertebrates to make the transition from the aquatic life of their ancestors to life on land.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “To me, an experiment is a kind of conversation with plants: I have a question for them, but since we don’t speak the same language, I can’t ask them directly and they won’t answer verbally. But plants can be eloquent in their physical responses and behaviors. Plants answer questions by the way they live, by their responses to change; you just need to learn how to ask.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “All those nutrients field the growth of more new plants, in an accelerating cycle. This is the way for many ponds–the bottom gradually fills in until the pond becomes a marsh and maybe someday a meadow and then a forest. Ponds grow old, and though I will too, I like the ecological idea of aging as progressive enrichment, rather than progressive loss.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “It is the cardinal difference between gift and commodity exchange that a gift establishes a feeling-bond between two people.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “We have enjoyed the feast generously laid out for us by Mother Earth, but now the plates are empty and the dining room is a mess. It’s time we started doing the dishes in Mother Earth’s kitchen. Doing dishes has gotten a bad rap, but everyone who migrates to the kitchen after a meal knows that that’s where the laughter happens, the good conversations, the friendships. Doing dishes, like doing restoration, forms friendships.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “With words at your disposal, you can see more clearly. Finding the words is another step in learning to see.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Mosses are so little known by the general public that only a few have been given common names. Most are known solely by their scientific Latin names, a fact which discourages most people from attempting to identify them. But I like the scientific names, because they are as beautiful and intricate as the plants they name. Indulge yourself in the words, rhythmic and musical, rolling off your tongue: Dolicathecia striatella, Thuidium delicatulum, Barbula fallax.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “We have constructed an artifice, a Potemkin village of an ecosystem where we perpetrate the illusion that the things we consume have just fallen off the back of Santa’s sleigh, not been ripped from the earth. The illusion enables us to imagine that the only choices we have are between brands.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Imagine raising children in a culture in which gratitude is the first priority.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “How do we show our children our love? Each in our own way by a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer Quote: “Cresting the ridge releases me into an explosion of light and space and wind.”
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