018: Podcast on CHALLENGE

Our sources of pain are diverse, but we are all flawed and we all suffer– in our own ways, great and small– because we are human. It’s scary and challenging to face our insecurities and vulnerabilities, but doing so is exactly the path to freedom. You can learn tools and practices to get better at suffering and to suffer less and live with more joy in this very struggle.

Anti-fragility Training

Bikram Yoga as Anti-fragility Training Bikram Yoga helps people develop distress tolerance which is the ability to withstand challenge– some of which include emotional distress, difficult physical sensations, mind-racing or distorted thinking, and general discomfort with staying in the present moment. What’s the point of being able to withstand challenge? Shouldn’t we just eliminate challengeContinue reading “Anti-fragility Training”

Connection Begins with Self-Study

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” —-the Bhagavad Gita     When you observe your self— your own life— to see where and how your attention and energy is being directed (or not), you may notice it’s either stolen, spent properly, conserved, or regularly replenished etc… You canContinue reading “Connection Begins with Self-Study”

Balance!

WHAT DO WE HAVE TOO MUCH OF?  SPEED, CLUTTER, NOISE, INFORMATION & “EXPERTS” WHAT DO WE LACK? SLOWING DOWN & STILLNESS, INTROSPECTION & REFLECTION WHAT DO WE HAVE TOO MUCH OF ? KNOWLEDGE OF THE EXTERNAL LANDSCAPE; EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION WHAT DO WE LACK ? KNOWLEDGE OF THE INTERNAL; INTERNAL MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION    WHAT TOContinue reading “Balance!”

Yoga is Union

A complete education is about wholeness and wellness. Study yourself and be your own best teacher, to connect with, love, and care for yourself. #doyouryoga

Adventures in Learning Familiar & Foreign

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”

Everybody Wants More Wisdom & Wellness

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 toContinue reading “Everybody Wants More Wisdom & Wellness”

Know Thyself: Simple, Not Easy

“There are three things extremely hard, Steel, a Diamond, and to know one’s self.” — Benjamin Franklin The 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, butContinue reading “Know Thyself: Simple, Not Easy”

Classic Wisdom for Modern Humans: A WORK IN PROGRESS

The soon-to-be-completed Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide contains the why and how to “know thyself” for wellness. It is a collection of tools and practices for you to know yourself better so you can express your uniqueness for a lifetime of wellness and wellbeing. The ancient  dictum, “know thyself” from the OracleContinue reading “Classic Wisdom for Modern Humans: A WORK IN PROGRESS”

Problems, Purpose, & Shitty First Drafts

“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 andContinue reading “Problems, Purpose, & Shitty First Drafts”

What You Won’t Learn at School

Engage in Self-Study to Prepare to Thrive in the Future “What’s good for everybody is to get to know yourself better because we are now entering the era where we are hackable animals…and there are corporations and governments that are trying to hack you whether you are a student or a billionaire…If you don’t get to knowContinue reading “What You Won’t Learn at School”

Toning Down Identity Politics for Common Humanity

Disturbing trends among young people worth paying attention to. Every educator, school leader, and parent ought read Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind.    Check Jonathan Haidt out on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathanhaidt/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonHaidt

Podcast 015: Future of Education: Learning Beyond Schooling

“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”

Podcast 014: On Trust

Here’s a short solo podcast about my thoughts about over-reliance on others rather than trusting oneself. This habit of excessive co-dependency is something that comes from the way we educate our kids. Landscapes for Learning Podcast Episode #14 On Trust Please “like” on iTunes and share with friends who might be interested in the futureContinue reading “Podcast 014: On Trust”

List for Learning: 27 Take-Aways from It’s Not About the Grades

 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 memoirContinue reading “List for Learning: 27 Take-Aways from It’s Not About the Grades”

Know Thyself & Save the World

We need to stop subscribing to traditional, outdated schooling and attitudes about conventional education and instead engage in authentic learning for psychological health and wellbeing, balance,  to preserve our shared humanity, and prepare for a radically different future.   Q. How should we be educating people for the future? What should we study? Some answers:Continue reading “Know Thyself & Save the World”

Out with Grades, In with Soft Skills

  If It’s Not About the Grades, then what kind of Learning Beyond Schooling? Modern schooling still subscribes to the notion that “If it [skills/learning] isn’t measurable, it doesn’t matter,” but this is totally outdated!  According to Seth Godin, real work that matters, that is purposeful and fulfilling, relies more on “soft skills” than “hardContinue reading “Out with Grades, In with Soft Skills”

It’s Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling

About my manuscript in progress, It’s Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling (memoir of a high school English teacher)

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. INTRODUCTION  Download Episode HERE I would LOVE your input, insight, constructiveContinue reading “Podcast 013: It’s Not About the Grades: INTRODUCTION”

Podcast 012: Preface, It’s Not About the Grades

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 TOContinue reading “Podcast 012: Preface, It’s Not About the Grades”

Podcast 010: Nick Filth

Nick Filth grew up in an abusive home, dropped out of high school after ninth grade, was homeless for a time, and addicted to drugs, but ironically his experiences with THC and psychedelics sent him out of this world then back to his own life– his truth, which is a place and point of viewContinue reading “Podcast 010: Nick Filth”

Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life

“The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything. So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others. Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you.” ― Shunryu Suzuki   http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/JoanAmaralfinal008.mp3Continue reading “Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life”

About LFL Podcast

In this first podcast, I introduce myself and my purpose for the Landscapes for Learning podcast. http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/001_ABOUT_LFL_PODCAST.mp3 I was motivated to create the Landscapes for Learning project to counter students’ and parents’ and schools’ over-valuation of grades and competition for college acceptance as the key to “the good life.” As a long-time educator, I sawContinue reading “About LFL Podcast”

Grounded Parents= Grounded Kids

ground·ed ˈɡroundid/ adjective adjective: grounded 1. well balanced and sensible. “the kids have money and a rock-star dad, but they seem grounded” 2. (of a pilot or an aircraft) prohibited or prevented from flying. “you don’t taunt a grounded flier, especially after he’s had a few beers” informal (of a child being punished) not allowed toContinue reading “Grounded Parents= Grounded Kids”

Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference

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 aContinue reading “Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference”

Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?

“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 moreContinue reading “Education: Busy-Work or Authentic Learning?”

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