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.”
Dr. Gabor Mate on Our Health
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”
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. Like Vervaeke’sContinue reading “The Meaning Crisis”
Be a neutral observer of your experiences today to learn.
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 theContinue reading “Simple (not easy) Practice: Rewriting Challenge”
LFL’s Simple Practices: Listening So Simple. So Powerful. So Healthy. Make time to PRACTICE listening! NEW FEATURE: Simple Practices on the Landscape for Learning for Wisdom & Wellness SUBSCRIBE BELOW FOR SIMPLE PRACTICES FROM LFL
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.
“It’s no coincidence that a Mindfulness Movement has erupted yet SADLY I see how schools co-opt this by USING it as a tool to serve their utilitarian values which are outcomes and results-focused—that is, for kids to “do better” in measurable ways, to be more productive, competitive, higher achievers, and…umm… “successful.””
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”
I loved this conversation between Rich Roll and Dr. Jud Brewer on the Rich Roll Podcast. My book, Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human: A Self-Study Guide for Wellness (2019, Amazon) overlaps with so many of the concepts and ideas Dr. Brewer talks about. I feel like my own life experience (especially in practicing mindfulnessContinue reading “Same Song, Slightly Different Lyrics”
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”
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 forContinue reading “How and Why Self-Study, Podcast #16”
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self” —-the Bhagavad Gita 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 canContinue reading “Connection Begins with Self-Study”
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 TOContinue reading “Balance!”
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. YouContinue reading “Limits & Possibilities”
“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”
A complete education is about wholeness and wellness. Study yourself and be your own best teacher, to connect with, love, and care for yourself. #doyouryoga
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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”
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.
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 helpContinue reading “Know Thyself, Part IV: Choice”
Part III of the Classic Wisdom for the Modern Human Self Study Guide: Challenge
“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 ModernContinue reading “Know Thyself, Part II: Self Awareness”
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” ratherContinue reading “Know Thyself, Part I: Study Your Attention”
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 toContinue reading “Everybody Wants More Wisdom & Wellness”
Study yourself for wisdom and wellness!
“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 moreContinue reading “Self Study: The Beginning of All Wisdom”