I drew the earth inside the rib cage. In my mind I thought about the connection between a physical human body and the wilderness/ nature. I thought about our most special organ and what we all have in common. We all have a heart that is protected by our rib cage. Without our hearts we would not survive. Kind of like the earth. We need to take what we know about our environment and protect it.
Embodiment is defined as “a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling.” Embodying the environment means having a relationship with the environment. Humans who have embodied the environment have a sense of what is wrong with our environment as well as the beautiful things it has to offer. Our nature walks and outdoor class times have helped me personally grow a deeper understanding of what embodiment with the environment means. We are learning about what this by engaging through outdoor activities. Which i believe is very important for us to remember when we are teaching. The article by Liz Newbery talks about learning through a canoe trip where there are questions and activities that engage the students in higher levels of thinking then normal. When we are surrounded by the wilderness itself it is more likely to be able to make connections, and grow appreciation towards what the wilderness has to offer.
This brought me back to the earth being protected by the rib cage that I drew. I believe that it is us that has to protect our wilderness- whatever wilderness is to you.