Helping Ourselves & Others, Together.

Hello Friends, I hope this blog post version of an email finds you happy and healthy! I continue to thank my lucky stars for having connected with you at some point in my life, whether I met you as my teacher, coach, mentor, colleague, or friend, or you were my student  in yoga class, aContinue reading “Helping Ourselves & Others, Together.”

Anti-fragility Training

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 challengeContinue reading “Anti-fragility Training”

Podcast 17: LEARNING as OPPORTUNITY MINDSET

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 aContinue reading “Podcast 17: LEARNING as OPPORTUNITY MINDSET”

Opportunity Mindset = Meaning & Wellness

Q. What is Landscapes for Learning? A. It’s a mindset—-an opportunity-focused way of looking at the world of personal experience. You can CHOOSE to see your life any way you decide. Just decide! Q. Why did I name this blog and my independent education website and business, Landscapes for Learning? A. Lots of reasons, butContinue reading “Opportunity Mindset = Meaning & Wellness”

How to Use the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide for Wellness

“To know yourself you need not go to any book, to any priest, to any psychologist. The whole treasure is within yourself.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti Each of the five parts of the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Bikram Yoga Teacher’s Self Study Guide for Wellness contains a rationale, helpful definitions, self-study exercises, andContinue reading “How to Use the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide for Wellness”

Self Realization

Over the past couple of years, I have written about everything I have directly experienced in my own life as well as the wisdom I have received from great mentors both ancient and modern, from East and West, about the interesting process of self realization, self actualization, and wellness. Much of my personal evolution hasContinue reading “Self Realization”

Know Thyself, Part V: Learning

Learning is both the impetus and momentum for following the directions that guide you throughout your entire journey to know yourself. You might think of learning as the map of the landscape of you, while attention, self awareness, challenge and choice are directions to follow on that map. Adopting learning as a lifestyle, as growth-mindset, is integral to the other four directions in the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self-Study Guide because without the attitude of the curious student, the wheel stops moving forward. As you learn, the wheel turns and gains momentum, further inspiring and motivating you to continue moving forward to steadily acquire wisdom and wellness.

Adventures in Learning Familiar & Foreign

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”

Everybody Wants More Wisdom & Wellness

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 toContinue reading “Everybody Wants More Wisdom & Wellness”

Self-Study for Wisdom & Wellness

The answers aren’t outside ourselves. Travel the inner landscape to find out how the mind works and you’ll find out who you are and who you can be if you control your thoughts. “Build the image in your mind of what you want. Be specific. Write it down. Reject negative thoughts. Think of how youContinue reading “Self-Study for Wisdom & Wellness”

Podcast 015: Future of Education: Learning Beyond Schooling

“I hope to help dismantle traditional schooling and its unhelpful, outdated, damaging values and persuade teachers, school leaders, parents, and students to focus their attention on better, more important ways of learning. My goal is to support ALL parties in this transformation with their humanity and a love for our shared humanity in tact.”  Continue reading “Podcast 015: Future of Education: Learning Beyond Schooling”

Know Thyself & Save the World

We need to stop subscribing to traditional, outdated schooling and attitudes about conventional education and instead engage in authentic learning for psychological health and wellbeing, balance,  to preserve our shared humanity, and prepare for a radically different future.   Q. How should we be educating people for the future? What should we study? Some answers:Continue reading “Know Thyself & Save the World”

It’s Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling

About my manuscript in progress, It’s Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling (memoir of a high school English teacher)

Podcast 013: It’s Not About the Grades: INTRODUCTION

It’s Not About the Grades: Love for Learning Beyond Schooling is very close to completion, so I am recording a reading of a few chapters for feedback, as a faster way of getting “peer review” before I write proposals for publishing the final manuscript. INTRODUCTION  Download Episode HERE I would LOVE your input, insight, constructiveContinue reading “Podcast 013: It’s Not About the Grades: INTRODUCTION”

Podcast 011: Teri Almquist

  “Every student deserves a good teacher, every teacher deserves the opportunity to be a great teacher”  -Teri Almquist     Building an inner connection with yourself isn’t easy. This union, or yoga, is hard work. It’s about  trust–first in a teacher when you don’t yet know how to trust yourself and you are overwhelmedContinue reading “Podcast 011: Teri Almquist”

Podcast 010: Nick Filth

Nick Filth grew up in an abusive home, dropped out of high school after ninth grade, was homeless for a time, and addicted to drugs, but ironically his experiences with THC and psychedelics sent him out of this world then back to his own life– his truth, which is a place and point of viewContinue reading “Podcast 010: Nick Filth”

Tools FOR Inner Landscape Learning

I write a lot about how we need to encourage young people to travel the inner landscape FOR learning. Here’s one way (Vipassana/meditation) And another way:    And, of course, my favourite way: 

Becoming a Teacher

On Becoming a Teacher When you find out who you are, you find out you are limited: by rules, norms, laws, other people, physically, mentally, psychologically, intellectually. Your mind limits you as does your body; your birth limits you, as does your environment– all that is external to you, nature, and internal, by nature. LimitsContinue reading “Becoming a Teacher”

Podcast Redux with Grace Tempany

Traveling Landscapes for Learning, Inside and Out, with Grace Tempany http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/Grace2FINALFINAL.mp3 “One is never afraid of the unknown; one is afraid of the known coming to an end.” —-Jiddu Krishnamurti Traveling the landscapes for learning is a challenge for so many of us human beings, but Grace Tempany’s personality, disposition, and training in self-inquiry makesContinue reading “Podcast Redux with Grace Tempany”

Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life

“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.mp3Continue reading “Podcast w/ Myozen Joan Amaral on Zen, Zazen, Practice and Social Life”

About LFL Podcast

In this first podcast, I introduce myself and my purpose for the Landscapes for Learning podcast. http://traffic.libsyn.com/landscapesforlearning/001_ABOUT_LFL_PODCAST.mp3 I was motivated to create the Landscapes for Learning project to counter students’ and parents’ and schools’ over-valuation of grades and competition for college acceptance as the key to “the good life.” As a long-time educator, I sawContinue reading “About LFL Podcast”

Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference

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 aContinue reading “Podcast: A Parent-Teacher Conference”

Love for Learning Beyond Schooling

A love for learning is much different than a love for school. My greatest concern during my tenure as a high school English teacher was kids’ lack of understanding of and appreciation for learning. I don’t mean that they did not appreciate or love my lessons (some did, some did not). I mean, they thoughtContinue reading “Love for Learning Beyond Schooling”

Learning is Life

  “To see young people come alive is the reward of teaching” —Joseph Cambell According to Joseph Cambell, famed author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), Myths to Live by (1972), and The Hero’s Journey (1990),  the goal of maturity is to know oneself —to understand the inner landscape– to be the hero of one’sContinue reading “Learning is Life”

Who am I?

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 andContinue reading “Who am I?”

Calling a Spade a Spade

“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 knowContinue reading “Calling a Spade a Spade”

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