My name is Maureen Bakis. I am the mother of four adults, yoga instructor, author, former high school humanities teacher turned freelance educator and graduate student in counseling psychology at UMass Boston.
My mission is to help people take their lives into their own capable hands by learning about who they are through self-study, develop a learning mindset, and grow in wisdom and wellness for a high quality life.
I am dedicated to helping people learn more about learning as a lifestyle to reap its tremendous health benefits.
WELLNESS, VITALITY, PURPOSE, FULFILLMENT
My experience observing others within learning environments has taught me that when people fall in love with learning (especially about themselves) everything gets better, including physical and mental health, schooling, work, and relationships with self and others. The problems of being human never cease, but the response to them gets better when one chooses to see life as a landscape for learning and all experiences as opportunities to grow!
Learning Beyond Measure
After fourteen years in the classroom, I quit my job in public education to create Landscapes for Learning as a new platform to promote a learning beyond schooling––that is–– learning as a lifestyle for good health and wellbeing among people of all ages without grading or excessive competition or any other limitations of school.
I expanded my classroom beyond the brick and mortar institution to offer empowering curriculum and coaching to more people to develop their attention, personal discipline, coping skills, power of introspection and reflection, character development, and other “soft”skills. Schooling simply doesn’t focus enough on such immeasurably important life skills, yet cultivating them is critically important for good health and wellbeing as well as appropriate preparation for the challenges and changes in life in the upcoming decades.
Formal schooling limits people’s understanding of the nature and value of a more expansive definition of learning. I saw how it limited my students to believe that learning was only academic, or only about acquiring practical skills and knowledge for college and career pursuits, or something to be graded. Real learning includes wisdom and is about knowing oneself as well as possible for a fulfilling and meaningful life. And, now, In this day and age, it’s woefully incomplete to be smart without also being wise.
We’ve got to travel the landscapes of our lives, inside and out, to be wise and well, because how meaningful or fulfilling is achievement if balance, wholeness ,and wellness are missing? We see highly “successful,” “smart” people everywhere sick and unfulfilled; I saw it in my students. I’d like to shift our limited understanding of learning, expand it, and inspire more people to embrace learning as a lifestyle.
The Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness (2019) is curricula that I always wanted to teach to properly meet the needs of students. It’s designed to address problems of our modern culture among adults and which I observed in school culture among teens, including:
issues related to attention;
anxiety and depression;
loneliness and disconnection (from self and others);
suffering and weakness resulting from victim-mentality; and
unhealthy chronic behaviors like addiction to phones, social media, and FOMO.
I wrote it to inspire, motivate, and teach people to learn to know who they are, through writing, other exercises, tools, and practices so they can live well, with integrity, and care for themselves better than anyone else ever could. I truly believe that the more people can connect with themselves––through developing a more intimate and understanding relationship with their body and mind––the more they can connect with others for stronger and healthier communities.
The Self-Study Guide contains the key principles of living a life of wisdom and wellness. It draws on my years of experience teaching the great hero stories of Western culture as well as my yoga practice rooted in the wisdom traditions of the East.
Yoga is classic wisdom that can help us explore our inner landscape to know who we are on a deeper, most meaningful level! “Yoga [is defined as] a process of becoming more aware of who we are…[its] techniques facilitate balance and health, and unfold our dormant potential. [It] allows us to be more aware of ourselves and feel connected, [and] as such, yoga is a process of self-discovery…[which] leads to self-mastery and self-realization” (Shakti). In other words, yoga is about self-actualization and not just the American stereotype of flexible bodies posing in spandex!
Knowing thyself (or self-realization) is the simple, classic wisdom but not easy to follow. I am here to help inspire and motivate you how to “do you” as best you can because the world needs you to be exactly who you are!
I look forward to talking with you about learning for wisdom and wellness and assisting you or your organization with coaching, motivational events, curricula, and workshops.
TO BEGIN TRAVELING THE LANDSCAPES FOR LEARNING
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