April 23, 2005 at 4:02 pm #4886
this question becomes particualrly important to me. I am 19 yr old and I just moved to germany. obviously, this means I will be drinking quite a bit than if I were still in the states.
I remember a poem by a certain sage… the 7 sages of the bamboo grove… or something like that… and one of the sages talked about alcohol and how great it was and how about how much he drank etc etc. this sticks in my mind when I think of alcohol and practice.
I think alcohol will help bring out your more primitive, deeper natures, helping you to deal with them. though it maybe be harm to your physical body, I think it may, with good practice, benefit the spiritual.
mbanu’s words I value: “It helps the liver but hurts the lungs, brightens the heart at the expense of the kidneys.”
but really it means nothing to me… is just ‘trivia’… becuase I have not hit that level where the 5 elements are *really* imporant to me.
I post again becuase I was not really satisified with the answers last time…. love…April 23, 2005 at 5:18 pm #4887
I lived in Germany for six years (Stuttgart). It’s true, the profusion of excellent beer and wine is very tempting.
Red wine is probably the healthiest thing you can drink alchohol-wise. If you’re going to drink regularly, drinking no more than one to three glasses of red wine or beer at a sitting is advised (there is a threshold point beyond which you are beginning to seriously tax your system, something you do not want to do on a regular basis). Only get truly drunk occasionally or at most just on weekends–when you do so, do so guiltlessly and just enjoy yourself, but maintain mindfulness/continuity of awareness.
Keep up regular qi gong and fitness routines.
Avoid trying to drink Germans under the table.
SimonApril 23, 2005 at 9:10 pm #4889
But if your in Germany, Hell, take a train to Amsterdam and let your
Just over the Long Run, Sobriety pays in seeking the TRUTH!April 23, 2005 at 11:39 pm #4891
Still in the Army?
Could be the reason for drinking….
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