Terrace Mountain
Each time I climb Terrace Mountain I am able to go a bit further. The first few times I felt scared - not knowing where I was or if I would get lost. As I become more familiar with the trail I feel safer to wander from it. Today I wandered off the trail, up a little knoll and found this:
Seeing the mountains in the near distance still takes my breath away.
                                                                                                                The sheer beauty.
As I become less scared, I am able to sink into the place and notice more of my surroundings. Today I saw moose tracks everywhere. I hadn’t seen them before even though they were there. I also am able to tune into my body more - as my mind quietens - and recognize that if I am nature then I  don’t need to be scared of who I am.
My body knows what to do and will guide me if I listen but this kind of knowing needs to be cultivated. Rational thought has dominated Western knowledge structures and systems for many centuries. Embodied knowledge is not taught, encouraged or revered by and in our institutions. I am even surprised that I can do research that involves walking and writing about my lived an
“Not only could we live without beliefs, we could live with far greater clarity if we relied solely on direct experience. We would not interpret reality through the dull light of dogma. We know our own experience through having lived it. Knowing the pure experience, without beliefs and interpretations, is all we need for clarity” (Ingram, 2003, p. 145).
d embodied experience, and yet, the longer I do this work, the more important I know it to be. We have become so severed from our bodies and it’s no wonder to me that we treat our body earth with the same neglect - mostly out of ignorance. We can no longer afford to remain ignorant.
We must
    return to our bodies,
        our animal selves,
            if we are to see a turn around in the abundance and beauty that we call our home - and start treating our resources and our land with reverence -
    like it is a part of ourselves.
“For me, the whole reason and worth of reclaiming the body - or rather, of letting the body reclaim us - is so that we may find ourselves back inside this delicious world from which schooling has exiled us, rediscovering our embedment in the thick of things, remembering our real community and being remembered by that community. I mean, how long did we think we could go on without the necessary guidance that herons and toads have to offer” (Abram & Jardine, 2000, p. 168).