Who is the Skeptical Seeker?

My name is Mikel Hensley, and you can find out more about me at http://www.facebook.com/mikel.hensley and http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikelhensley.

I am no longer practicing yoga, for a few different reasons, so I have changed the title of the blog from “The Atheist Yogi” to “Skeptical Seeker.” I will continue to write about the creation of meaning and purpose in my life and about what it means to be a freethinking atheist woman in Louisville, KY.

Here is the former text of this page, retained so that the comments made previous to my last edit make sense :)

As my blog title says, I am an atheist and thoroughgoing naturalist, who also practices yoga. Which is a bit odd, given the religious roots of yoga and my general agreement with Christopher Hitchens that “religion poisons everything”. Well, maybe not everything. I think that many of the past mystics of many different religions came up with some pretty great observations about their own subjective experiences, how their minds work, and how they can improve the world though introspection. I want to explore and share these ideas with this blog.

8 thoughts on “Who is the Skeptical Seeker?

  1. Hi. I’m a naturalist yogi and I have a blog at the above website. I see “atheism” as defining one by what they don’t believe in rather than by what they do, so I stopped using the term even if it is accurate.

    Namaste’

    Scott

  2. Sounds like an honest and interesting journey. I look forward to following this blog with great interest. I have read and commented on some of it and I find your writing to be thoughtful and eloquent. Keep up the search for truth and enjoy the journey. Stay open to all ideas and judge them by their merit and your journey will always be interesting and even exciting.

  3. I’m a former yoga teacher. I taught for about 15 years, did yoga asana practice for about 20 and practiced and studied meditation and yoga philosophy for most of my life. During that time I considered myself Hindu and was initiated and named by guru … and encouraged to teach and initiate others. I’m 53 years old.

    A couple of years ago I began to reject the supernatural aspects of yoga and religion in general. I joined local skeptic and atheist groups and felt the need to debunk the nonsense in yoga. Most of this came about because of the diagnosis of a life-long illness, one that I thought would be impossiblefor a yogi.

    Since then I have toned down a bit. I’ll even go to church events with my wife (but she attends a very open minded church), but consider myself a naturalist. I do not believe in karma, reincarnation, etc.. I see the chakras as being symbolic and perhaps and ancient attempt to understand anatomy. I do see value in meditation and I have taken up yoga practice again, but from a new point of view.
    Sorry to ramble on. I guess I’m just glad to see there are others.

  4. I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon your blog today. I too and a former “yogi” and former teacher of yoga and am from the Louisville area. I was searching methods of yoga and meditation that aren’t tied to “spirituality”. I guess I’m more agnostic than atheist and find myself questing if that agnosticism is a a “just in case” based in fear as a result of different experiences with superstitious beliefs from my sampling at different times different “spiritual paths”. In reflecting on my experiences, I find that I feel most connected to reality and most clear, rational and functional in my thinking when I step away from delineated paths and teachers and just talk a walk in the woods or go down to the river. Still there is that “seeking”, of what I am no longer certain. Anyway, thanks for what you have put forth in your blogging.

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  6. I’d love to recommend to you a great atheistic/skeptical podcast called Cognitive Dissonance, which can be heard online at http://www. dissonancepod.com (also on iTunes and Stitcher). It is an irreverent skepticism show produced by a couple of intelligent Chicago atheists who are also HILARIOUS. I think you may appreciate it.

    Cheers!
    Sarah

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