Learning is both the impetus and momentum for following the directions that guide you throughout your entire journey to know yourself. You might think of learning as the map of the landscape of you, while attention, self awareness, challenge and choice are directions to follow on that map. Adopting learning as a lifestyle, as growth-mindset, is integral to the other four directions in the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self-Study Guide because without the attitude of the curious student, the wheel stops moving forward. As you learn, the wheel turns and gains momentum, further inspiring and motivating you to continue moving forward to steadily acquire wisdom and wellness.
Your Choices Define You. The Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide will help you learn to manage your attention, become more self-aware, and develop resilience in the face of challenge, so you’ll inevitably make better, more mindful choices from a central locus of control. More self knowledge from self study will help … Continue reading Know Thyself, Part IV: Choice
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My personal reflections on writing as a tool for wisdom and wellness.
Part III of the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide: Challenge
“If you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” ----Daniel Goleman Self Awareness is Part II of Landscapes for Learning's Classic Wisdom for the Modern … Continue reading Know Thyself, Part II: Self Awareness
Attention “Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” --Jose Ortega y Gasset The Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide is about disconnecting from the competing stimuli in your outer world to reconnect to your inner world. It’s about the fear of missing “in” rather … Continue reading Know Thyself, Part I: Study Your Attention
I have heard Joe Rogan interview Jordan Peterson many times, so often that I was reluctant to listen to them talk again. As I plugged in my headphones and headed out the door on my usual morning walk with my fantastic dog, Finn, I asked myself, what else can I possibly learn from these guys? … Continue reading Adventures in Learning Familiar & Foreign
Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide Coming Soon! I believe so strongly that dedicating more time and energy to understanding oneself is the foundation for balance and wellness in this day and age of speed and data overwhelm that I left the security of my career as a high school teacher to … Continue reading Everybody Wants More Wisdom & Wellness
"There are three things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one's self." --- Benjamin FranklinThe Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self-Study Guide itself is simple, but knowing who you are is not easy. The five parts of the Self Study Guide contain simple directions to send you on your way, but you … Continue reading Know Thyself: Simple, Not Easy
"The meaning and design of a problem seem not to lie in its solution, but in our working at it incessantly. This alone preserves us from stultification and petrifaction." -- C.G. Jung Problems define us. Rather than ignoring them, pretending they don’t exist, or that they are someone else’s responsibility to solve, facing problems and … Continue reading Problems, Purpose, & Shitty First Drafts
Why can't we inform people that they can be their truest selves sooner, encourage them to slow down to practice stillness, to listen to their inner guide, and give them the loving support and tools to do so? That's a question I ask in my book and am answering with the creation of my coaching … Continue reading Return to Uniqueness
"I hope to help dismantle traditional schooling and its unhelpful, outdated, damaging values and persuade teachers, school leaders, parents, and students to focus their attention on better, more important ways of learning. My goal is to support ALL parties in this transformation with their humanity and a love for our shared humanity in tact." … Continue reading Podcast 015: Future of Education: Learning Beyond Schooling
27 Take-Aways from It's Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling Since everyone seems to be publishing books with rules for life and lists for "best" something or other, I thought I would make a list of possible take-aways from It's Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling, my newest memoir … Continue reading List for Learning: 27 Take-Aways from It’s Not About the Grades
"It's not about the "A" I may or may not get on this "paper" I am writing, this new life I am building. It's about allowing the creativity to come and work its way through me, participating in the building without total control or clinging, and observing myself on the journey, noticing that I am … Continue reading Building Curriculum
About my manuscript in progress, It’s Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling (memoir of a high school English teacher)
It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling is very close to completion, so I am recording a reading of a few chapters for feedback, as a faster way of getting "peer review" before I write proposals for publishing the final manuscript. INTRODUCTION Download Episode HERE I would LOVE your input, insight, constructive … Continue reading Podcast 013: It’s Not About the Grades: INTRODUCTION
It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling is very close to completion, so I am recording a reading of a few chapters for feedback, as a faster way of getting "peer review" before I write proposals for publishing the final manuscript. THIS PODCAST IS A READING OF THE PREFACE, A LETTER TO … Continue reading Podcast 012: Preface, It’s Not About the Grades
I write a lot about how we need to encourage young people to travel the inner landscape FOR learning. Here's one way (Vipassana/meditation) And another way: And, of course, my favourite way:
On Becoming a Teacher When you find out who you are, you find out you are limited: by rules, norms, laws, other people, physically, mentally, psychologically, intellectually. Your mind limits you as does your body; your birth limits you, as does your environment-- all that is external to you, nature, and internal, by nature. Limits … Continue reading Becoming a Teacher
Solo Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference "A Parent-Teacher Conference about Values" is a solo episode about my book-in-progress It's Not About The Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling which I hope to revise and publish in the coming months. I provide a brief, yet incomplete, overview of the book in progress and read an excerpt from a … Continue reading Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference
I was nine years old the first time I ran away from school. The nuns at St.Mary of the Annunciation had a strict rule: “the boys play with the boys and the girls play with the girls.” I ignored that rule, mostly because I thought of myself as more of a boy than a girl, … Continue reading No Mud, No Lotus: A True Story about Limits
This is a hypothetical letter to high school students that I am using for the opening of my book-in-progress, It's Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling. I am under no illusion that a high school student, a 14-18 year old, would likely be engaged in actually reading such a lengthy "text" such as this, … Continue reading It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling
"Authentic learning, inner wisdom, ought to be developed as soon as possible and it ought to be part of education for young people. Currently, it is missing from the public school curricula, or if it does exist, it’s drowned out by the noise of achievement and grades, or buried under the heavy list of more … Continue reading Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?
"My book is a story of the process of self-actualization, me as the central real-life character to whom others might also relate. It's about how yoga provided me this portal to enter to deeper consciousness of my own life, my self and therefore my purpose, my identity, my existence. It's also about how this portal … Continue reading Like a Flower Petal Blooming
My previous "Calling a Spade a Spade" post is about telling the truth-- something our world desperately needs at this exact moment in time. Each of us has to talk about the truth, within our seemingly small and insignificant spheres of life, however uncomfortable or however much it may threaten our reputations. Our integrity and … Continue reading Who am I?
“To Err is human; to forgive, divine”---Alexander Pope Softening, or “pussification,” as the late, great comedian George Carlin defined it, is destroying the integrity of authentic learning. When people fuck with the integrity of the learning process, when they weaken it and make it soft, it corrupts individuals and society far more than we know … Continue reading Calling a Spade a Spade
"We students (and future teachers) needed to learn how to be "unknowing," to embrace beginner's mind, become skilled followers; we were being asked to suspend our authoritarian ways of thinking to become humble, open, and flexible enough to learn about yoga postures and anatomy and mostly ourselves. How can you understand others or help them … Continue reading Tough-Love Lessons of Bikram Yoga
"It turns out that when you stop clinging to the safety and security that you think you have found in a particular lifestyle, other people, your carefully constructed identities, or material things, you find your way home to your truth." The original title for this piece was "Meta: Choosing or Clinging." I wrote it more … Continue reading The Call to Insecurity