Embodied Discourse Is More Than Just A Class

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As I signed up for a class called “Embodied Discourse” I had no idea what to expect; the only informatioin I knew was that I was about to take a Goal 1 course. If someone asked me on week one or even two what “embodied discourse” meant in terms of this course, I believe my response would be something along the lines of: “I don’t know, but we do yoga every day!” As the course progressed, if someone asked that same question, my response transformed more to: “It’s about integrating your mind and body into writing,” but I always remembered to mention we did yoga every time we met as a class. It has taken me awhile to realize that embodied discourse is more than just a class I’m taking to help me incorporate my mind and body together into writing. Much of the content we have discussed has been eye-opening to me, regardless the topic, or of it was a discussion, listening to an interview, or digging deeper into my thoughts through meaning making journals. By living our lives in ways that de-center ego and create a sense of integration, we free ourselves from a “default” mode that David Foster Wallace articulates. Realizing that college graduates are equipped with an educated mind, Wallace encourages us to think about our thinking. Since thinking inwardly is natural, it requires refocusing of ego to think outwardly. Wallace’s ideas are a leap towards a better sense of integration of the mind and body. Acknowledging that our minds and bodies are subconsciously weaved together means
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