Is it possible to try hard to live a good life AND let go of feeling guilty that you aren't the spiritual, intellectual, or physical saint, genius, and specimen you expect yourself to be?
Listen to your nudges, bitches. They're never wrong. When you ignore them or you are too afraid to do what they ask, they usually show up as aches and pains in your body, or in your mind, or both. Denial, distraction, and ignorance will make you sick and suffer-- maybe not in the short term … Continue reading Listen to Your Nudges
"What do you think about adding more personal wellness for professional development specifically designed for teachers by teachers at your school?" School has begun and I am no longer a part of it, although I feel like I am still involved to a large degree because I spend almost all my time thinking and … Continue reading Human Resources for Teachers?
"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
"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.
We humans have a tendency to be control freaks. We think we know so much about ourselves (and the world) and I would argue we don't know the half of it. We also think we are more in control of our lives and our futures than we actually are. So I want to share a little … Continue reading The Landscape of Serendipity
Every moment has something to teach. Can you look closely, deliberately, at the landscapes in your life as opportunities to learn -- to live fully and authentically as you, as nobody else can ever do, except the one and only you? You don't have to do it well. Just try. Learning lends life its meaning, … Continue reading A Meditation on Learning
Humility means acknowledging that you still have something to learn. There will always be something to learn, ad infinitum. Remain humble.
After reading “Ending Extracurricular Privilege” by Olga Kahzan in December 21st issue of The Atlantic Monthly, I realize just how much influence higher education has on the values, beliefs, behaviors, habits, and choices of their incoming students as well as their parents and their high schools. (I mean, I know the competition among students over … Continue reading Just a thought…How Higher Ed. Can Help the Natural Landscape