Honesty & Wellness

RADICAL HONESTY This little video captures my journey from lover of stories and storytelling as an English teacher and writer to becoming a yoga teacher and psychotherapist. It encapsulates wisdom curriculum and some things I convey in both of my books, especially the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness (2019, … Continue reading Honesty & Wellness

The Meaning Crisis

I am currently watching "Awakening from the Meaning Crisis" which are lectures by University of Toronto assistant professor, John Vervaeke. (The man has "Know Thyself" tattooed on his back!) I highly recommend his work if you want to learn more about the difference between modern self-help/narcissism and classical self-examination for wisdom and fulfillment. https://youtu.be/ncd6q9uIEdw Like … Continue reading The Meaning Crisis

Simple (not easy) Practice: Walk Uphill without Complaining

Instead of dreading or fearing responsibility or avoiding the challenges that come with it, look at these things as opportunities and grateful, humble, and happy for the next mountain to climb— for the journey will keep you continually growing and feeling alive and well.

Simple (not easy) Practice: Rewriting Challenge

Simple (not easy) Practice: Rewriting Challenge Today's Simple (not easy) Practice is taken from the "Challenge Audit" in Part III: Challenge of the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness. Challenge is at the heart of knowing who you are which is one reason why it is smack dab in the … Continue reading Simple (not easy) Practice: Rewriting Challenge

018: Podcast on CHALLENGE

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.

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 a … Continue 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, but … Continue reading Opportunity Mindset = Meaning & Wellness

How and Why Self-Study, Podcast #16

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

Connection Begins with Self-Study

“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

October Workshop!

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  

Balance!

WHAT DO WE HAVE TOO MUCH OF?  SPEED, CLUTTER, NOISE, INFORMATION & "EXPERTS" WHAT DO WE LACK? SLOWING DOWN & STILLNESS, INTROSPECTION & REFLECTION WHAT DO WE HAVE TOO MUCH OF ? KNOWLEDGE OF THE EXTERNAL LANDSCAPE; EXTRINSIC MOTIVATION WHAT DO WE LACK ? KNOWLEDGE OF THE INTERNAL; INTERNAL MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION    WHAT TO … Continue reading Balance!

Limits & Possibilities

Understanding your own human nature through paying attention to learn about yourself in particular ways using the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness will teach you (among other things) about your limitations, your amazing potential, and the myriad of possibilities for transcending those limits to fully self-realize and self-actualize. You … Continue reading Limits & Possibilities

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, and … Continue 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 has … Continue 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.

Know Thyself, Part IV: Choice

Your Choices Define You. The Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide will help you learn to manage your attention, become more self-aware, and develop resilience in the face of challenge, so you’ll inevitably make better, more mindful choices from a central locus of control. More self knowledge from self study will help … Continue reading Know Thyself, Part IV: Choice

Know Thyself, Part II: Self Awareness

“If you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” ----Daniel Goleman Self Awareness is Part II of Landscapes for Learning's Classic Wisdom for the Modern … Continue reading Know Thyself, Part II: Self Awareness

Know Thyself, Part I: Study Your Attention

Attention “Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.” --Jose Ortega y Gasset  The Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide is about disconnecting from the competing stimuli in your outer world to reconnect to your inner world. It’s about the fear of missing “in” rather … Continue reading Know Thyself, Part I: Study Your Attention

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 to … Continue reading Everybody Wants More Wisdom & Wellness

Self Study: The Beginning of All Wisdom

“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