We all walk on this earth for a purpose with our own footprints. It is the footprints we leave behind that shape what is now. Below is a short recap of my footprints on this wonderful planet thus far.
These are several of my current footprints of focus.
Buddhist path – I have been getting in touch again with buddhist teachings and history, which I grew up with in Sri Lanka. I had sort of part ways with it when I came to US, and it had been a great refresher to fall back into my foundations away from western consumer culture & instant happiness. In align with this I am also exploring bhawana (meditation) along with pranayama (yoga).
Vegetarian Food – I used to eat so many varieties of vegetables and fruits in Sri Lanka, then I came to US and discovered the delicious fatty & salty food manufactured in factories and I ate like a westerner. I embraced the western life completely only to realize stomach and health issues caused by those very eating habits. I have since been eating majority whole vegetarian food since November 2019. It has been amazing to eat live food with the spices I used to eat such as asafetida, turmeric, fennugreek, mustard seeds, ceylon cinnamon, fresh ginger roots, thunapaha (curry powder) etc. I also eat various grains like: masoor lentils, moong dal, chickpeas, toor dal & urad dal. In the western countries we are constantly reminded, you need lots of protein every day from meats and supplements. Living in Sri Lanka, I never heard of the need for protein or the need to lose weight. Through my experiences, I came to realize it is only an illusion pushed by big supplement and meat companies wanting to make fat profits. Vegetables and grains pack just as much or more protein that we need. Two of the biggest animals in the planet, gorillas and elephants eat mostly plants, and they will knock you out with one blow 🙂 We are the sum of what we put into our body.
Fermented Food – When I am re-exploring my way into vegetarian foods, my wife has been experimenting with fermented foods. I have started liking the inclusions of fermented foods as well. Currently we do kefir, sourdough bread and paratas (with natural live yeast) and various fermented mixes like salsa, sauerkraut, pickles. I also make vade (vada) and thosay (dosa) using fermented dal and rice.
Ayurveda – Similar to food, medicine from my roots were herbal ayurveda medicine that treated whole body and the root cause using whole herbs and plants, not extracts of sorts. Modern (Newtonian) Pharmaceuticals are great if you get hit by a truck. For minor ongoing health issues I strongly believe in ayurveda herbal medicine along with Bhawana (meditation) If we can resolve minor health issues, they would not rise to be major issue needing pharmaceutical intervention. My go to ayurvedaic items are Siddhalepa, Samahan and Asamodagam.
Sustainable Life in harmony with nature – It is ironic that in Sri Lanka in old times in villages, when you go to the store, a cashier used newspaper to put flour or wrap fish and you would bring your own glass bottles to refill with oils from the store. People used bags and baskets made of pan, thal (palm) or ola leaves. There were no plastic bags. The life back then was lived in harmony with products made from things that eventually decayed back to earth. Then the world found plastic, and here we are today making billions of tons of plastic, using them once and throwing them into the ocean and eating them back up as micro plastic particles in fish, killing animals and destroying oceans – destroying our source. We had to go out of our way to discover this technological advancement (plastic) only to realize the best way forward is the way we used to do things before – using biodegradable ingredients. I believe we are in oneness with the nature and that we must protect this planet for us to feed from it and to survive, like how our ancestors lived before industrial revolution. We have done more harm to this planet in the last 100 years than the millions of years people who lived in harmony with it. We can take the good of industrial revolution advancements forward along and create a new version of life in harmony with nature, animals and the planet.
Footprints of Past
I grew up in the wonderful tropical island of Sri Lanka surrounded by nature and buddhism, in the busy city of Mount Lavinia. I always loved occasional visits to spend time in my mother’s village in Gorakadeniya. Sri Lanka was a developing poor country and much of my childhood I wanted to migrate to a developed country to seek financial abundance. Through series of miraculous events, my dream became true and I got the opportunity to come to US to study Finance and Business Management at Purdue University.
After graduating in 2008 during a financial crisis I had a hard time finding a full time job. Little did I know that happened to be one of the best things that ever happened – not being able to get a full time job. If otherwise, I would be minding someone else’s business today in a cube farm, locked into a 9-5 cycle of rat race.
Because I didn’t get a job out of college, through hard times I created a website advertising web development and graphic design work, which soon picked up to become regular contract work with big companies. In 2011 I developed a WordPress event calendar plugin based on minimal designs that let users own their event data. Later I renamed this amazing plugin as EventON. After being able to help an ever growing number of customers around the world with EventON, in 2013 I decided to stop all contract work and solely focus on minding my business, minding my EventON.
Looking back at the past footprints, I am very grateful for the struggles I had in life, which made it possible to realize a way out of it – the missed opportunities and the unimaginable opportunities. William Shakespeare once said “there is no such thing as good or bad, only thinking makes it so”.