In this, the inaugural podcast, I introduce myself, the purpose of the Landscapes for Learning platform and the LFL Podcast Features. I look forward to sharing the inspiring stories and conversations I’ll be having with extraordinary “ordinary” people from around the world. I hope you’ll tune in and enjoy the journey with me!
A meditation on learning and brief defense of the humanities. Life is suffering. Life is one big problem; it’s problem after problem after problem after problem, isn’t it? I am not trying to be Debbie Downer here, but this is the fundamental truth of human life–it involves suffering. Nobody denies that pain is true.
Humility means acknowledging that you still have something to learn. There will always be something to learn, ad infinitum. Remain humble.
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
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Know-it-all, In The American Scholar, his speech to Harvard graduates, Ralph Waldo Emerson proclaimed, “Life is a dictionary!” encouraging Americans, especially the young scholars in front of him, to trust their own experiences: direct, sensory experience in nature, if they truly wanted to live a life of learning. You can read
Sometimes I wonder if I am an example of a midlife crisis. Sometimes I wonder if I just missed an important lesson that everyone else must have learned a long time ago. Maybe I missed that lesson because I was drunk? Maybe I was shopping? Maybe I was busy? I was probably busy. Or distracted.
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
Dear Efficient Utilitarian Student, It’s not your fault that you were raised with the great American values of utility and efficiency. These values are enacted and followed by virtually everyone around you– your parents, your school, your government; they’ve been enacted throughout most of American history, especially in the Industrial Revolution, in the world of
Dear Spiritual Academic, According to the super cute monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, “Insight can’t be found in sutras, commentaries, or Dharma talks. Liberation and awakened understanding can’t be found by devoting ourselves to the study of Buddhist scriptures. This is like hoping to find fresh water in dry bones. Returning to the present moment, using
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