The plants become familiar in a way that’s hard to explain, its like when you see a friend in a crowd of people, the face is familiar, and then their family and the ‘family resemblance’ is in your embodied knowledge.
Teaching also pushes me to learn, it’s always the repetition of teaching, and having to answer questions, and see the teaching from the others learning perspectives that widens the body of knowledge. Most of the time I think I learn more than I teach from a group of students, I love seeing the aha moment when they also begin to embody the knowledge, beyond the spoken words.
The interesting thing with this moment is that everyone’s ‘aha’ is generally a connection to a different part of the learning. When I’m teaching weaving, sometimes I say to them, stop talking, just sit beside me, here watch my hands, see/feel the dance of the weaving, the rhythm.