Friday, December 4, 2015

Why Drinking and The Law of Attraction Don't Mix

I've never been much of a drinker, even while attending college or in my 20s. I love beer, wine, and the occasional cocktail but I've always limited my imbibing to one drink, because I know the effect it will have on my body. And maybe, now that I'm in my 40s, it may be time to ditch the cocktails because I was pretty surprised at what having just one did to me the other night and how it totally threw me off my schedule for the next few days.

I met up with my new friend the other night for Stump Trivia at a nearby bar/restaurant. I actually posted it as an event with my Meetup group, but she was the only member that was interested. Even though our small "team" of two people didn't win or even come close to the top three, (of course, I knew most of the answers to the questions about retro pop culture) I really enjoyed it and would do it again.

I skipped dessert at home on purpose so that I could enjoy the restaurant's well known coconut martini -- a concoction made with vodka and coconut milk and toasted coconut around the glass rim. I ate dinner at home so my stomach was full when I had the drink, but it was a little strong and I definitely felt the vodka buzz. I drank water for the next two hours and when we left after 10 PM, I was sober and feeling fine enough to drive home.

However, I was really tired, definitely from feeling the drink's depressive effects. For the past week I've been listening to a terrific meditation before going to sleep. Normally I really feel myself sink into it, and I end up having a great sleep with some really nice, detailed dreams that I've been in able to remember quite vividly the next day. 

But this time, with alcohol in my system, I couldn't quite get that into the meditation. Usually I feel almost detached from my body while listening to it, and this time I definitely felt tethered. I also didn't fall asleep right away, despite the fact that I was exhausted.

Then I awoke at 4 AM, and couldn't fall back to sleep. I don't believe I had any dreams that night. I ended up turning on my laptop to check email until I got tired again.

I had intended to work out the morning after stump trivia. Obviously that didn't happen; I felt like a rung out washcloth. I ended up taking an afternoon nap and by 10 PM I was exhausted and went to bed early.

I've read in one of Dr. Wayne Dyer's books that alcoholics vibrate at a very low energy, and that doesn't surprise me. I'd also say that drinking too much alcohol or a strong variety automatically brings your vibration down as well. 

Needless to say, my vibration/energy had definitely taken a dive the day after having that drink. I have no idea what caused it to affect me so strongly, but it's going to be a long time before I have another mixed drink -- and that may have been the last time I ordered a coconut martini from that particular restaurant. My friend had an alcoholic ginger beer called Not Your Father's Ginger Ale and as soon as I sampled it, I regretted not ordering it instead of the martini.

Even yesterday, despite going to sleep last night earlier than usual, I think I was still feeling the residual effects from that drink. 

It goes without saying that if your mind is foggy, trying to focus your thoughts or attracting something is going to be a lost cause. When I'm incoherent, my mind isn't clear...and if my mind isn't clear, then I can't "do the Secret" as I affectionately like to call it, and meditating is pretty much useless. 

Plus, the last thing I want to feel is hungover...even if it's a really mild one. All of the books I've read talk about how important feeling good is to being able to attract things into your life. Needless to say I'm all about feeling as good and energetic as I possibly can every day and the drink really threw me off my game. 

No more flavored martinis for me. There's a lot to be said for teetotalers. 

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