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Lesson 29 -
Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs (Audio)
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29.1 - Alcoholism, Addiction and Yoga (Audio)
Date: Thu Dec 4, 2003 1:04pm
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Q: I enjoy having a drink when I get home from work. That doesn't seem to work so well
before meditation, and it doesn't feel so good after meditation either. Are drinking and
A: Meditation is about cultivating purity deep in the nervous system. Many positive
results in life come up from this. It stands to reason that taking in substances that
retard purification of the nervous system will not be helpful to the meditation process.
This is not a moral lesson. It is common sense. Most importantly, it is experiential. If
something makes us feel bad, we will eventually stop doing it. Maybe before beginning
meditation a drink or two gave us some relief from the tensions of life. It dulled our
perception, or altered it in some way to give us a temporary feeling of wellbeing. After
beginning meditation, the experience changes. The peace, happiness and clarity we discover
coming from within are quite different from the temporary chemical states we have
previously engaged in. There is no comparison between the two, and we begin to have a
different perspective. The transitory pleasure of drinking loses it luster in comparison
to the permanent joyful results of meditation.
Again, this is not a moral lesson. It is not a "Thou shalt not." It is your
choice, always. If your choice is to go for more in life, to take up the path of
meditation and other advanced yoga practices, it will be a no-brainer. The rising
experience of pure bliss consciousness will change your attitude about alcohol. Give
regular practice of meditation a fair chance, and the things that are not good for you
will tend to drop off naturally over time. Besides alcohol, people find the same thing
happens with recreational drugs, tobacco, and even caffeine. There are no rules
just the rise of pure bliss consciousness, our true nature. All we have to do is meditate
twice a day, and listen to what our inner silence is telling us. We will know what to do.
Prescription drugs are a different story. Stay with your doctor's instructions on those.
If you think a prescription drug you are taking is interfering with meditation, talk to
your doctor. See if there is some way to accommodate both your medical need and your
The guru is in you.
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