Alcohol & Spirituality
There is convincing evidence alleging that drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus. Alcohol is not only harmful to your body but also it is bad for your mind and spirit. There are very few benefits to drinking alcohol, if any at all. Sure it’s safe to have a glass of wine with dinner, but drinking regularly is something that should be kept in check. The ramifications for habitual drinking are usually painful and rather unpleasant. There has never been a drunk who has reached enlightenment and maintained perfect health.
The risk of upper respiratory tract cancer is greatly increased if drinkers also smoke. Alcohol also increases the risk of liver cancer and most likely increases the risk for colon, rectal and breast cancer. When you consume alcohol, the sensitive tissues of your upper-respiratory tract are directly exposed to alcohol, causing damage to healthy cells and possibly initiating cancer. Cancer of the liver is probably preceded by alcoholic liver cirrhosis which develops after years of habitual drinking.
Drinking alcohol dulls your mind-body connection by affecting your brain’s sensory input. When the mind-body connection is dulled, it is impossible to receive healing energy or divine guidance. Alcohol can have a negative effect on your meditation practice even days after, but the important thing to keep in mind is that alcohol depletes your body of its vital resources, making it susceptible to sickness and disease. Even levels of dehydration that do not cause you to feel thirsty can have a negative impact on your ability to concentrate and focus. Additionally you will lose vitamins and minerals. Releasing stress is one of the main functions of meditation. Anything that you do which incurs more stress on your body and mind is, no doubt, going to counter the positive effects of meditation. It is comparable to driving a car while applying the brake pedal and the gas pedal together….You’re not going very far.
Be mindful your drinking and always be aware of the many risks you impose on yourself and others if you do. Be responsible, always, in all ways.
Clean your body, clean your mind, clean your soul.
as published on Cancer Shmancer Movement for the Medication to Medication Movement run by Break The Norms