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
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 you … Continue reading Self-Study for Wisdom & Wellness
"I hope to help dismantle traditional schooling and its unhelpful, outdated, damaging values and persuade teachers, school leaders, parents, and students to focus their attention on better, more important ways of learning.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
We need to stop subscribing to traditional, outdated schooling and attitudes about conventional education and instead engage in authentic learning for psychological health and wellbeing, balance, to preserve our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
About my manuscript in progress, It’s Not About the Grades: Landscapes for Learning Beyond Schooling (memoir of a high school English teacher)
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, constructive … Continue reading Podcast 013: It’s Not About the Grades: INTRODUCTION
"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 overwhelmed … Continue reading Podcast 011: Teri Almquist
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 view … Continue reading Podcast 010: Nick Filth
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:
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. Limits … Continue reading Becoming a Teacher
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 makes … Continue reading Podcast Redux with Grace Tempany
“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
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 saw … Continue reading About LFL Podcast
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
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 thought … Continue reading Love for Learning Beyond Schooling
"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's … Continue reading Learning is Life
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
"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."
Some of the most amazing learning happens beyond academia, and many of the best teachers positively affect lives outside of strictly academic environments. I hope to find lifelong students and teachers of all sorts, in various domains, to explore the exciting and valuable learning that occurs everywhere and deliver these stories to the world. In this meta … Continue reading Meta: Why Learning? Why Landscapes?
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. … Continue reading I am here. Now what?
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 … Continue reading Dear Efficient Utilitarian Student,