As we approach Christmas, a time when many of us indulge in way too much alcohol. I thought I would share with you how and why I gave up alcohol
So I guess for the beginning of this journey it started out as a subconscious reduction in my alcohol intake. I like anyone else enjoyed a drink and liked to party but it often didn’t bring out the best in me. My 20’s were challenging and peppered throughout those years were many experiences where I drank too much and didn’t make great choices.
In my late 20’s early 30’s I became a Mum and hangovers and motherhood were my worst nightmare. I just couldn’t do it no matter how hard I tried. I always used to feel bad for being grumpy and annoyed that I had wasted yet another day huddled up on the couch praying to feel better.
So thanks to motherhood I started to vastly reduce the amount of alcohol I drank.
I quickly learnt my limitations and stayed within them. For some people, spiritual evolution and alcohol don’t mix well and I am one of those people. As I have spiritually evolved my tolerance for alcohol has become less. I started to get headaches from wine and could only tolerate clear alcohol such as vodka mixed with tonic water. Anything else just used to make me feel too ill.
When we moved to Australia funds were tight and our friends were few so social drinking was much less.
My time without alcohol allowed me to reflect.
I realised that actually, alcohol didn’t bring anything positive to my life. In fact, it was quite the opposite. It never brought out the best in me, it made me louder, less sensitive and often unwell. So I decided I would go without it for a while and three years later I am still on my alcohol-free journey.
So as you can see for me it’s been kind of an evolutionary process, a gradual reduction that led me to go alcohol-free. But I don’t see that changing anytime soon why? Because I feel better, brighter, more me and able to be the best me more often. So for me, that’s enough of a reason to keep it going. I see clearly how alcohol is overly accepted in our society and how it really doesn’t bring out the best version of people. That’s not a judgement just my observation. So I will continue to abstain for as long as it feels like the right choice for me.
One thing I will say is that it’s not an easy choice to make whilst living in a world where alcohol is still so steadfast.
People look at me strangely, you don’t drink alcohol? Why? She must have been an alcoholic, that’s why she doesn’t drink. Ummmmm, no I was just like you and many others who used to let my hair down and drink a few too many to relax and have fun.
Now I choose to relax and have fun in a different way, that’s it really.
But what I will say is this. If you have a friend who doesn’t drink alcohol they still like to socialise! Just because we don’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean we don’t want to come out for a meal or come over for a chat. I don’t judge those that drink alcohol, I just don’t make that choice for myself. I respect your choice so please try to understand and respect my choice.
Much love & spirit sparkle
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