The return of my “spiritual” inclinations - exposure to Eastern thought.

After college, I started looking for a differeny way of working. I found blogging and read bloggers. One of them was dave ursillo. His writing really resonated to me and did something I didn’t expect. He woke up my “spiritual” side.

Because Dave was a yogi and he shared some of his favorite books about yoga, I got acquainted first with Hinduism. With his suggestion, I read the bhagavad gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar). I also met the works on Spiritual humanism by Jay Lakhani. Even at this point, I was still trying to connect secular knowledge with religious wisdom.

Through Dave’s suggestion, I also encountered and read the tao te ching.

I also started reading New Age philosophy.

I also started reading contemporary spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle.

I devoured Nonduality, advaita vedanta, read Jeff Foster. I never really understood the teachings logically but I really felt good, felt like I found something in me that was always there. I saw that I don’t have to be a radical and angry atheist like Richard Dawkins or the people at the Philippine Atheism, Agnosticism, and Secularism Incorporated (PATAS) to be truthful. I can be truthful and compassionate. I can have truth and beauty.

I tried doing meditation but still struggled. I was finally able to build a yoga plus meditation routine. I felt inner changes. I became less angry.

My exposure to Eastern thought made me a believer of Nonviolence. Not that I ever believed in violence. But I was given a logical reinforcement of what I know deep inside was true for me by a tradition that goes ages.

A natural extension of nonviolence is nonviolence on non-human beings. Thus my exposure to Economics and Environmentalism.

To do

  • This note is too long. First, go even more extensive in the events. Then, divide the note into smaller notes. For example, a note about what happened before Dave Ursillo, during Dave, then after Dave, then my exploration of Environmentalism.