ITunes Podcast: 006: The Value of Silent Meditation with Allen Gaskell "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone" --- Blaise Pascal One of my goals with the Landscapes for Learning project is to draw more attention to the need for an explicitly taught wisdom curriculum for high … Continue reading Podcast: The Value of Silent Meditation with Allen Gaskell
"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
"The problem with creating the habit of lying, especially to yourself, is that after a while, you lose your bearings--- you can’t trust yourself and you suffer even more. Your identity is compromised, making you less likely to be able to connect with yourself-- your inner wisdom-- or others. We need good, healthy relationships based … Continue reading On Being Honest
I don't think I want to just sail along through life—coasting, or maintaining this sort of unconscious auto-pilot state. I don’t want to stay at this plateau, and maybe you don’t either.
Some of the most amazing learning happens beyond academia, and many of the best teachers positively affect lives outside of strictly academic environments. I hope to find lifelong students and teachers of all sorts, in various domains, to explore the exciting and valuable learning that occurs everywhere and deliver these stories to the world. In this meta … Continue reading Meta: Why Learning? Why Landscapes?
Recently, I had a minimalist-inspired moment and decided to simplify my life, starting with my living room. I had no problem removing excess decor, but when it came to my beloved bookshelves full of my precious books, I winced. Could I, should I, part with my books? Why had I kept so many all these … Continue reading Real Teaching is Risky Business
Post Surgical Post: To suffer or not to suffer; there is no question So, here I am, your Landscapes for Learning hostess with the mostess, recovering from surgery and pondering the meaning of life, or um...rather...philosophizing about suffering...again. (That's supposed to be a funny reference to my previous post.) As I sit here coexisting rather unpleasantly with my … Continue reading Post Surgical Post
It was in the hot room at a Bikram yoga studio, standing directly under the bright lights, in front of the mirrors, trying to balance, in silence, everyday, for 90 minutes, where I learned the art of unlearning. I learned to let go. A vital aspect of learning is unlearning. Unlearning is intending to let … Continue reading Learning to Unlearn
What does it mean to follow your path, your soul's calling? I am learning that finding my purpose doesn't have a whole lot to do with thinking, as if a problem needs solving or something needs "figuring out." If anything, my rational mind very often seems to get in the way. (See Julia Cameron's The Artist's … Continue reading A Soul’s Calling.
Each moment of life is a new moment, and we get to choose how to experience each one. We can label some moments as less useful than others; we can label a moment as boring, good, bad, nothing special, amazing; we can judge it as entirely purposeless or extraordinarily purposeful. The point is, we get … Continue reading Changing the Landscape from the Inside Out