“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.mp3 … Continue reading Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life
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
Part of the this Landscapes for Learning mission is to draw attention to teaching and learning in a broader sense than schooling and to begin a new conversation about the kinds of learning we currently value in our American public schools. What I think is based on my own personal experience as a student, as … Continue reading Restoring Balance: Too Much Schooling & Not Enough Learning”
"All good things are wild & free" -Henry David Thoreau Niki tells her story about traveling across the landscapes of nature-- as avid hiker/outdoor enthusiast, wolf-advocate (yes, they need our help!), Bikram yogi, and exotic animal handler. After a not-so-great, though sadly typical, experience with public high "schooling," Niki blossomed into an avid learner and … Continue reading Podcast: The Call of the Wild with exotic animal handler, Niki Cesar Tracchia
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
003: Podcast with Changu Changezi Changu Changezi is an ordinary guy with an inspiring story about learning and landscapes. He is a traveling Bikram yoga teacher who lives his life with integrity, authenticity, and an unshakeable sense of self. He has been traveling the world teaching Bikram yoga for the past four years, approaching learning … Continue reading Podcast: Meet World Traveling Yoga Teacher, Changu Changezi
Grace and I discuss our desire to begin a conversation about teaching as moral and teaching with courage and integrity. We discuss the need for more authentic forms of teaching and learning in school, so that kids can embark on their individual journeys toward the self rather than just trying to find the right answer … Continue reading Podcast: Grace Tempany, Multi-potentialite and teacher-extraordinaire
"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
As I write my memoir-in-progress, working title, "Like a Flower Petal Blooming," I am going to post excerpts from time to time to keep myself fighting Resistance with the capital "R." Who knew writing a book is like wrestling with satan? LOL This one is a brief excerpt on the theme of honesty and truth. … Continue reading Teaching and Truth
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.
"Gaining...wisdom might hurt a little bit, but there’s no better process to dedicate yourself to than mining your own suffering for meaning and truth. And there is no better profession than teaching to witness such beautiful transformation."
"I used to confuse and misuse the two kinds of listening, and I bet many other teachers can relate. As a consequence, the people I cared about, who only needed me to be there and not do anything for them, told me to 'turn the teacher off!'" Almost every school day for the past thirteen years, I have … Continue reading Turn the Teacher Off!
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
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