Friday, August 5, 2011

Why I Love Hangovers

If you have a daily meditation practice, try over-drinking to the point where you'll get a mild to medium hangover the following morning. And then meditate in the morning. (If you don't have a daily meditation practice, I recommend this one).

You'll never see this suggestion anywhere else, in spite of the unvaryingly stupendous results. Why has no one noticed this before? Several reasons, I suppose. First, most spiritual practices discourage or prohibit alcohol (because alcoholism is a hideous hindrance). And most serious meditators don't get really drunk much. And those who do tend to skip meditating during hangovers (really, it's the very last thing you feel like doing).

Why does it work so well? My theory is that the body's undergoing massive natural purification, so your meditation's augmented by that underlying momentum.

Doing this more than rarely would surely be counterproductive. But it's a wonderful practice to do a couple times per year.

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