The bus came to an abrupt stop; we had arrived at our desired destination of Delphi, Greece. Accompanied by my fellow classmates, as well as community members, I exited the bus and gazed at the World Heritage Site. Prior to my travels, I had researched Delphi extensively. I was engulfed by the rich heritage of this ancient sanctuary. It astounded me to consider the fact that the lush, moist grass in which I was standing upon was once considered the navel. I took a breath, the air was humid. The moisture in the air created a tension within my lungs, the air was balmy. I exhaled, this moment created tranquility. The air smelt musty and crisp, creating an earthy sensation. A light fog disguised the valley as small; this was false, for I knew that Delphi was bigger than I, or my classmates, could comprehend. Delphi was historic, the land was sacred. I reached out my hand, brushing against the decaying stone. The stone is rough, my hand flinches as I press against the sharp tapered end. I take a breath, allowing my senses to overcome me, this allows me to find meaning. The crevasses that coat the surface document a legacy. The green growth represent growth and resilience.
This moment of tranquility, wonder, and appreciation had a profound impact on my understanding of the world. This specific moment in time, when I was sixteen, strengthened a desire to learn further about the earth, specific regions, and the ancestors who inhabited these areas. Delphi, among the various places I had the opportunity to visit, represented the delicance of our natural environment. This moment represented unity; humans are not the only inhabitant of the land. Land is sacred. Comparing the wondrous site of Delphi, to a populated area, such as Athens, created a irrefutable illusion of evolution. A change in the people as well as the environment. This lesson has lead me to question my own understanding; why is the environment, in modern time, alluded to be less powerful than humanity? Delphi was once considered the most powerful space in the ancient world, due to its central positioning. It is now a historic landmark. How/ why did our knowledge change? Referring to the course reading, “The Sound of Silverbells”, the author reaffirms my inquest as he states, “a biological story that wasn’t about humans was of little interest” (pg 217). Prior to my travel experience, I, a student, had never experienced the overcoming sensation of unity within the modern world. In my understanding, urban and rural areas were separate environments; one to inhibit humans, the other to inhibit animals and nature. Robin Wall Kimmerer explains, through his teachings, that students, today, are unappreciative and uninformed about our environment because the lesson of acknowledgment and appreciation of our land is virtually lost within modern school systems. As a future educator, I must be dedicated in teaching environmental education because it is a crucial step in regaining balance within our environments.