The Paradox of Bikram: A Response to "Bikram: Yoga, Guru, Predator"
Bikram yoga practice is an antidote to disconnection (and polarity) especially the kind currently pervading within many of us and in modern social life.
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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.
“It's no coincidence that a Mindfulness Movement has erupted yet SADLY I see how schools co-opt this by USING it as a tool to serve their utilitarian values which are outcomes and results-focused---that is, for kids to "do better" in measurable ways, to be more productive, competitive, higher achievers, and...umm... "successful."”
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 challenge … Continue reading Anti-fragility Training
In this podcast, I read Part V: LEARNING from Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness (2019, Amazon). The podcast includes subtopics like: *Vulnerability as intrinsic to learning process and creating meaning *Parenting without safe-space or victim mentality *Schooling discourages failure and uniqueness *How and why to continue learning as a … Continue reading Podcast 17: LEARNING as OPPORTUNITY MINDSET
I loved this conversation between Rich Roll and Dr. Jud Brewer on the Rich Roll Podcast. My book, Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness (2019, Amazon) overlaps with so many of the concepts and ideas Dr. Brewer talks about. I feel like my own life experience (especially in practicing mindfulness … Continue reading Same Song, Slightly Different Lyrics
Get a "lay of the landscape" of YOU! Why has there been an onslaught of advice to meditate and "do yoga"? Why all the meditation apps? Why all the meditation programs in schools? Why is yoga part of the P.E. curriculum? Why the "mindfulness" movement? Why here (in the West)? Why now? Our "Modern" Problems … Continue reading Self-Study for Wellness Workshop, October 19!
Landscapes for Learning is podcasting again! I took the year "off" from recording podcasts to write the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness (2019, Amazon)! Now I want to continue sharing the mission of LFL and teaching its self-study curriculum through podcasting and conversations online! Since the Classic Wisdom for … Continue reading How and Why Self-Study, Podcast #16
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” —-the Bhagavad Gita https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIjvXtZRerY&fbclid=IwAR3KAhSeKxN1-lrW8-jjzQuUUGvDr6OwNpEzIl7V2KDKyVTI3onS4_u7Eak 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 … Continue reading Connection Begins with Self-Study
Want to be better, kinder, and more understanding to yourself? Come Learn About Self-Study for Self-Realization at Bikram Yoga Danvers October 19th, 2019 Noon-1:00 p.m. Signed copies of the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide (2019) will be available for purchase! Hosted by Landscapes for Learning, LLC
Q & A WHAT the hell is Self-Study for Self-Realization? WHY to Self-Study to Self-Realize? HOW to Self-Study to Self-Realize? This little gem below attempts to give answers to the questions in detail and provides you with directions and activities to get your started knowing yourself better, but you can take a look at … Continue reading WHAT is Self-Study for Self-Realization?
These are words I prepared to memorialize the passing of one of the members of our Bikram Yoga community, Ray Chasse. Rest in peace, Ray. Thanks for being here in our very special community to honor and remember Ray. I am going to read something I put together for this occasion drawn from some notes … Continue reading In Memory of a Bikram Yogi
Thanks to the people who inspired, helped, and encouraged me to write the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide: A Self Study Guide for Wellness. Available Now at Amazon.com
What is the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide and why does everyone need a copy?
"Learning to be with one’s vulnerability and practicing ways to transform it for wellness is an important part of the process of self-realization and self-actualization."
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
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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?
My personal reflections on writing as a tool for wisdom and wellness.
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
“Knowing oneself is the beginning of all wisdom”---Aristotle As knowing thyself is the classic, foundational wisdom to all other kinds of growth, learning, achievement, and success, the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide is the platform upon which you can build, adding other advice, self-help programs, formal education, workplace training and more … Continue reading Self Study: The Beginning of All Wisdom
“An unexamined life is not worth living”-- Socrates Landscapes for Learning's Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self-Study Guide is designed to inspire and motivate individuals of all ages to live an “examined” life and give people simple, pragmatic tools for everyday use to begin their journey to know themselves better than anyone else ever could. … Continue reading An Examined Life
"Landscapes for Learning's Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide is a set of simple directions, tools, and practices to show you how to live by the classic maxim, “know thyself” for modern teens and adults. It was created for people to actively integrate the process of knowing themselves into their daily lives, and … Continue reading “Know Thyself” Sure, but HOW?
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 Oracle … Continue reading Classic Wisdom for Modern Humans: A WORK IN PROGRESS
"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
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
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