Uptil May 2018, I was an occasional drinker. Nothing happened, so what made me stop? If it's not broken, why fix it?
First, reading about the Buddha's precepts, I realized that if an Enlightened person has emphasized that just five key practices that can transform life, and one practice asks to not consume alcohol, then really, alcohol must have a bad influence on the journey to Self. 🤔
Then, I kept seeing recurring signs from Goddess Kali. She's considered to be the consumer of all of man's lusts - alcohol, drugs, non-vegetarian food, etc. That's why, such things are offered to her idol at the alter. Her message was clear "leave alcohol and I will always be beside you".
But finally, the nail really hit on the coffin when I realized, alcohol actually slows your physical body down. It hits you right in the nerves!
I saw Sadhguru, mystical and intoxicated with life. And realized, he has something that alcohol only gives us for a few hours, without the hangover! If that's possible, why can't I have it too? 🤨
And thus, began my conviction to elate my body and mind without the consumption of an external substance.
Has it worked? I would like to think so, yes. Even though I was never an alcoholic, I do realize that the past 3 months of my life have been my strongest yet.
So, I'm not against drinking. I'll definitely indulge on my bachelorette party! But I've come to an inner knowing that doesn't require drinking to experience my Self. And that knowing has won over the temptation to drink. 😊
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