I needed a medium to tell my story,
                to hear my story,
                            to have my story be revealed to me.
I needed a form of inquiry, which would help me see what it might be like to reclaim my place in relation to the Other and enter through a door into the wild unknown - away from what is familiar to me.
I needed an inquiry that would take me to the edge
“All this inquiry asks is that we attend, that we listen (Neilsen, 2003), attune ourselves so that we may come to our senses (Neilsen, 1998) (p. xvi). To engage in living inquiry is to learn to let go, to leave the spurious safety of research - that crumbling roof over Education that often separated us from life and rarely protected us anyway - and to enter an open field, ear and wings bristling” (Irwin & Springgay, 2008, p. xiv).
There are the most exquisite little yellow birds flitting around the giant maple tree outside my window right now. What a marvel of creation. Surely the birds awaken each new dawn and know intuitively what to do. I think we have gravely misused our rational mind and given it too much power and forgotten to listen to our bodymind/heartmind/our animal instincts that intuitively know what to do. And now the birds have flown away...
                                                                                            to find another tree or place to be.
How did we lose contact with this part of ourselves and how do we regain it? Is it just making a conscious decision to listen? If we can understand/know/experience the processes by which we become separate then there may be  hope to bring ourselves back to the knowledge that we belong and are a part of all of creation. What better way to understand the process than to experience it.
Perhaps if people were invited to write about their places than we can create a much better sense of environmental education and  our place in the world.
“Simply, I think we live with too many lies, and, therefore, with little sense of who we are and who we can be. We need to tell our stories more. And we need to tell more stories. In the end, the stories we write and tell about our living experiences will teach us how to live with more creativity, confidence, flexibility, coherence, imagination, and truthfulness” (Leggo, 2008a, p. 21).
“A/r/tography as practice-based research is situated in the in-between, where theory-as-practice-as-process-as-compilation intentionally unsettles perception and knowing through living inquiry”
(Irwin & Springgay, 2008, p. xxi).