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Why It’s Time To Stop Glamorizing “Wine O’ Clock.” The Truth Behind The Harmful Addiction

Why are we making it glamorous for mothers to drink wine in order to cope with the stresses of motherhood? Alcohol is toxic and is a real problem for more people than we would like to believe.

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It’s wine o’clock mommies! Time to bust out that bottle of rosé and decompress from that long stressful day you’ve had. We’ve all heard these things, or seen them floating around social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest, but honestly, when did it become okay to push drugs and glamorize addiction?

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You may think I am taking this too seriously, and taking the fun out of enjoying a drink or two, but seriously, alcohol has some very real, very serious side effects and consequences, so why are we encouraging others and especially women and mothers to reach for that bottle of wine to make all their troubles go away? As much as you may not want to believe it, you and I both know it’s true. This type of thinking only pushes our problems aside and we never end up facing them.

Point blank, if we want real change in our lives and want to stop just finding things to cope with our lives but instead actually be happy and at peace, we need to start getting real.

This article was inspired by one from the Huffington Post. After reading the headline I knew I needed to write my own take on the issue, as it’s something I’ve become extremely passionate about after having suffered the detrimental effects of alcohol addiction for nearly 10 years. I have written about alcohol abuse in the past, and this side of that story needs to be addressed as well.

Being a Mom Is Hard

Yes, being a mom is tough. I wouldn’t know firsthand, because I don’t have any children, but I do know that it is stressful, exhausting, and demanding in ways I can’t even begin to imagine, and many women struggle to cope with that load. But can I ask, on what planet is it okay to suggest someone drink something that has known carcinogenic properties and other detrimental side effects in order to temporarily feel better? Oh yeah… it’s ours.

Shouldn’t we be learning better practices and more lasting techniques that we can implement to cope with stress more effectively and maybe even prevent us from feeling it so much in the first place?

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After drinking wine in the evening to feel better, it’s very likely that your next morning is already going to be off to a stressful start, especially if you are a mother and have motherly responsibilities to attend to. By the end of the day, it’s no surprise that you are seeking the solace and escape that a bottle of wine can offer you, but it is so important to see that this is a dangerous habit that can easily drag you into a vicious cycle.

It is common to see products designed to sneak bottles of wine with us everywhere we go advertised on social media. All the accessories a woman could want to hide alcohol on her person are there, because a gal on the go needs her wine, right? From purses, to bras, to shoes, it seems a woman can hide her precious wine anywhere these days.

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Those Who Can Handle Booze, Those Who… Can’t…?

For some reason, when it comes to drinking alcohol, we tend to lump people into two categories: those who can handle alcohol and those who can’t. Essentially, we think of it as those who drink and those who are alcoholics, but it’s really not that black and white. There are so many people who have a problem with alcohol and have alcoholic tendencies, but because it is so heavily pushed in our society, they are in denial about their addiction.

I used to justify this all the time. I would tell myself, I’m young, this is what I’m supposed to be doing. Literally everywhere I go, people are drinking, what makes me have a problem? I want to have fun. I need alcohol when I’m meeting new people. Everywhere you go as an adult, there is an opportunity to drink, and what I’ve learned since stopping is that many people look at you strangely or are shocked to find out that you don’t do it. This baffles me — I prefer to congratulate those who do not need to rely on substances in their lives.

This idea that it is natural and normal, and the way in which it is promoted and even expected in our society, shows just how deep this problem goes. It reminds me of a line from the novel 1984:

So long as they (the Proles) continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared to be natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern. . . . Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbors, films, football, beer and above all, gambling filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult.

Just swap out wine for beer, though both apply. This is all leading to my next point, however.

Women Aren’t the Only Victims of the Glamorization of Alcohol

This glamorization doesn’t just affect women. Men are heavily targeted as well, but instead of wine it is with beer. In many ways, men might have it worse, because to be a man is to drink beer, and lots of it. At least, this is what the media would like us to believe.

After a long, tough day’s work, there’s nothing like cracking open a cold one with the boys.”

Sounds tempting, doesn’t it? The media would really like us to believe that the only way to cope with our otherwise mundane and often unfulfilling lives is to drown out those feelings with alcohol.

Consider This

For me, alcohol was an escape. I recognized that even before coming to terms with my addiction. I used it to escape my emotions, to avoid dealing with them, because in all honesty, despite a very conscious understanding of our world and the knowledge that everything happens for a reason — I still hadn’t managed to actually apply the tools I had learned to help me to feel and process my emotions. The thing was, though, the feeling of relief alcohol provided was only temporary, and the next day I was left feeling even worse than before. This is why things continued to escalate and worsen over time.

I know there are people reading this who can relate. I know because every time I write an article like this I get emails from people who tell me how much this speaks to them. Many of us are suffering in the dark, not only because we haven’t accepted our own addiction, but because even if we know in our hearts we’ve taken things too far, we are still being encouraged to drink by not only the media, but often our friends and family, too. Misery loves company.

Here’s What I Have Learned

People will accept you if you don’t drink, but it may not be the people you are used to hanging out with. Things changed drastically for me when I stopped drinking. In fact, my life completely turned around. I regained my sense of self-worth, became confident in who I was — I mean who I really was, without the mask and confidence alcohol provided me with.

I’m here to tell you that you can have fun without drinking! Lots of it, in fact, and the best part is that there are NO HANGOVERS to deal with, so the next day, you can go right on having fun again and you won’t have any feelings of shame or guilt weighing you down.

You might discover what really brings you joy and who you were always meant to be, but here’s the thing: You won’t know unless you try.

Up for a Challenge?

If you are on the fence, wondering whether you can sustain your current drinking, then consider this challenge. Try cutting out alcohol for one month and see how you feel. During this time, journal out your feelings and implement some sort of practice that is good for you, not an escape.

There are plenty of ways we can truly face and get to the core of our challenges. In fact, we created a challenge here at CE called The 5 Days of You Challenge that helps you focus on you, face yourself and get into alignment with your soul and purpose. You can take the challenge free here.

You can also try yoga, running, walking, meditating, reading, playing an instrument, or learning something new. Keep track of how you feel in settings where others are drinking and you’re not. You may find that you actually would prefer to do something else, and that’s okay. This will give you time to reconnect with yourself and find out what truly needs to change and what really makes you happy.

We are capable of achieving ANYTHING we desire — we just have to believe it.

Much Love

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Awareness

Why Vegan and not Vegetarian? Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh Answers The Question

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh explains why he chooses not to consume any meat or dairy products, and points towards the overwhelmingly cruel food industry.

  • Reflect On:

    What gives us the right to torture animals, steal their babies, abuse them simply for our consumption? Where is our compassion, morality and empathy? Have we been made and brainwashed to believe that it's ok?

The most heartbreaking thing to see and to witness is an innocent benevolent being getting tortured and suffering. This is the realty of eating animal products today. Billions of animals are raised for slaughter every single year, and the overwhelmingly large majority of them go through horrific and terrifying experiences. It’s hard to imagine how anybody could eat or wear the clothes of diseased animals knowing what they went through. It’s also hard to believe that anybody who does eat or purchase products that have used animals in their manufacturing process would do that kind of “labour” themselves.

The truth is that many people still don’t know what these beings are going through. It’s absolutely heartbreaking, immoral, and unethical. Morality, empathy, and love are all emotions that need to return to planet Earth, and as long as we have multiple industries exploiting animals, that can’t happen.

If you’re unaware of what these animals are going through on a daily basis, a recent PETA investigation on two of the world’s top cashmere exporters revealed extreme cruelty, including the violent killing of cashmere goats. You can read more about it and see some footage of that here, if you’re interested.

You can view more examples of graphic footage in the trailer of “The Buddha Bowl,” a documentary in the making featuring personalities and some of the most influential and renowned spiritual leaders from all over the world sharing their perspectives on veganism. These include viewpoints from Buddha himself and from spiritual leaders from the past and present, totalling about 30 interviews on animal rights, environmental issues and health.

One of the people in that documentary is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who is recognized as a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist. The video below is not part of the documentary listed above, but from an interview taken a few years ago at a conference.

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Are We Even Designed To Eat Meat?

There is no doubt our world is becoming more awake, aware, and compassionate. Millions of people around the world have transitioned towards a plant-based diet. This represents the kind of compassion and empathy our world needs more of, and this diet can do nothing but benefit human health, the planet, and the animals.

It’s no secret that eating meat and animal products is destroying the Earth, as clearing land for animal grazing and slaughter is one of the leading causes of deforestation, and factory farms are an environmental disaster.

More people are also starting to become aware of plant-based diets and their health benefits.

A recent study conducted by researchers in California and France found that meat protein is associated with a very sharp increased risk of heart disease, while protein from nuts and seeds is actually beneficial for the human heart. The study is titled “Patterns of plant and animal protein intake are strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality: The Adventist Health Study-2 cohort,”

It’s one of many studies that’ve emerged over the years showing the benefits of plant-based diets and their ability to reverse diseases. On the other hand, many studies published have shown how the consumption of meat has the exact opposite effect.

Below is a clip from a recent CETV episode where CE founder Joe Martino and I go into the discussion a little deeper, with a specific focus on plant-based protein compared to meat protein. If interested, you can watch the full episode here by signing up for your free trial. CETV is a platform that we created to combat the censorship we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

I also go into this type of discussion, if you’re interested in reading about it, in an article I recently published: “Another Study Suggests Humans Are Not Designed To Eat Meat.”

The Takeaway

Human beings are born with compassion and empathy. What we are doing to animals on our planet today, and how many continue to ignore it and be unaffected by it, is simply as a result of mass brainwashing and marketing by big food corporations. The truth is that we’ve been taught to ignore it, we’ve been taught to believe that it’s OK and it’s our right to do this to others who share the planet with us. No child would ever stand for such a thing unless they were taught to do so. It’s the same thing as racism, we are not born with it, we are taught it. I urge all those who are reading this to do their research into where the vast majority of our food and clothes are coming from, watch what these animals are going through, look into their eyes and and feel what they are feeling.

The ability to feel and understand the emotions of others, animal or human, is a HUGE and VITAL step towards creating a better world and a better overall human experience.

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Marianne Williamson Admits “The System Is More Corrupt Than I Knew”

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  • The Facts:

    Marianne Williamson stated in an interview on Fox and Friends that she did not realize the political system was as corrupt as it is.

  • Reflect On:

    This is an important revelation of how leaders often don't quite see the full truth of our system at hand. Through them and their experience, we can learn a lot about what is truly going on. Is it time to let go of the systems we have?

About a week ago Marianne Williamson told the New Yorker, I know this sounds naïve, but I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this.” In a segment I did on CETV, I discussed the fact that Williamson is doing a great job of bringing a bit more of a conscious conversation into the mix here, which is very important, but seems to not quite understand what politics is really about and how things function in our world.

In my article about this statement I stated:

Some have suggested that Marianne already knows these truths, and she may, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she is only uncovering these things now. I say this as I belong to a group that communicates regularly that contains many high profile conscious industry leaders like Williamson and other big authors, speakers etc. Many of them are great with spirituality but seem to struggle to see how politics truly functions. I have witnessed this first hand and this is why I’m so passionate about what I do as I feel bringing together both personal transformation and hard truth is imperative.

Some felt that my analysis was off and that Williamson is just ‘playing naive,’ but to me, this did not feel true nor did it seem to be the case. While some might view this as an unimportant detail, it’s very important as for society to truly begin to shift we must not only personally transform but also realize the true nature of the world we live in.

As outlined in the CE Protocol, the formula I built to help awaken and shift the masses, the very first step is Breaking The Illusion about our programmed reality and understand what’s truly going on. From there, personal transformation becomes key.

Williamson Admits She Was Unaware

Here we are a week later and Williamson has stated what I observed in my previous segment, she did not quite realize how corrupt our political system truly is. In an interview on Fox and Friends Williamson stated:

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“I would say that I feel that I’ve learned that the system is even more corrupt than I knew and people are even more wonderful than I hoped,

I want to state this isn’t about picking on anyone as much as it is about understanding the importance behind seeing the full picture of the change that needs to take place here. For 10 years now I have built CE to include both personal transformation and truth seeking for the reason that either one of those topics on their own doesn’t create the change we all know is possible in our hearts.

I’ve seen many ‘spiritual leaders’ still deeply support the dysfunctional nature of our systems because they believe there is truth to them when in reality they belong to a consciousness we are shifting away from.

Our political system is built and exists within a system designed for a very limited state of consciousness, some call this 3D consciousness. The goal isn’t to shift our political system, it’s to let it go. Collectively we are shifting and the new state of consciousness emerging doesn’t support the political system at hand. Hence why the chaos around it is increasing, because it’s acting as a mirror for us to see how it doesn’t resonate with our emerging consciousness.

It’s like trying to install Windows on a Mac or vice versa, the systems aren’t designed for the operating system. Humanity is faced with a challenge of ‘letting go of the old,’ not trying to fix the old.

In a brand new segment of The CE Show I did on YouTube and CETV, I discuss Marianne’s latest comments and what I feel we all must realize as we move forward in this journey of shifting ourselves and our world.

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The Takeaway

I feel that we have become addicted to the systems of a state of consciousness that we are moving away from. The choice is up to us, we stop resisting and holding onto things of the old, move through the process of watching these old systems fall away, or we continue to fight tooth and nail under the belief that we must hold up the old systems, and suffer along the way.

Ask yourself within, do you truly feel that this is about changing our current political system to be more open and evolved? Or is it about letting go of the rigidity of our current systems and creating new ones that are birthed from a  new state of consciousness, not one that is centuries old…

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Consciousness

Full Moon In Pisces: Navigating Ideals

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We are having a Full Moon in Pisces which will be exact at 4:33am Universal Time on September 14th 2019. It will appear the fullest on the night of the 13th for most of the world and on the night of the 14th for the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand.

This is the peak of the Lunar cycle which began two weeks prior with a New Moon in Virgo. The energies of it build up as the Moon increases its light and are strongest in the days before and after. However, it will still be a part of the backdrop over the following two weeks.

Full Moon’s are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Pisces and Sun in Virgo. It can reflect either a conflict or integration of both signs. We can feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Virgo side and others expressing the Pisces side.

Pisces is associated with sensitivity, compassion, creativity, and oneness. It is spiritually conductive, mystical, energy oriented, dreamy, flowy, imaginative, idealistic, and empathic. Negatively, it can be delusional, lazy, intoxicated, deceptive, confused/confusing, elusive, flaky, and lack critical thinking. Pisces energy is the least compatible with the mundane world and is associated with escapism in its many forms.

Virgo is about productivity, duties, service, physical health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, conscientious, skillful, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, and practical. Negatively, Virgo energy can also be overly critical, too cautious, fault-finding, irritable, discriminating, and overly perfectionist.

Full Moon Aligned with Neptune in T-Square with Jupiter and Mars

This Full Moon is close to Neptune which has many of the same qualities of Pisces that were mentioned above. It is viewed as a modern ruler of that sign and it amplifies its energies even more so during this period. Neptune is also associated with glamour, romance, and addiction. It has a dissolving, flooding, and watery energy that doesn’t comprehend boundaries.

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Neptune is completing its last of three squares with Jupiter in Sagittarius which will be exact on September 21st and will be strong into the following week. It began last January and peaked again this past June. At best, this can be an expansive period in a spiritual, creative, or compassionate way.

However, it can also be a time of confusion or lack of discernment around beliefs, ideologies, education, and teachers. It can also be a time in which we become aware of us being like that previously. We can be more excessive when it comes to how we express Piscean/Neptunian energies mentioned above.

At the time of the Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is also involved in this configuration along with the opposition of the Sun and Moon, forming a T-square aspect. This can be good for asserting ourselves towards our ideals or with a different Jupiter-Neptune approach (mentioned above). However this can also make our actions scattered, less assertive/direct, and make it harder to apply ourselves with practicality.

Full Moon Sextile Pluto Near Saturn and South Node, Saturn Going Direct

This Full Moon is in a tight sextile with Pluto which is near Saturn and the South Node. This could trigger some of the themes of the previous Lunar Eclipse (that is still reflecting this period) in a more harmonious way. Purging aspects of our past that are getting in the way of us moving forward. This can help to facilitate empowerment through some sort of release or transformation.

Saturn will be finishing its retrograde on September 18th and will move towards its final conjunction with the South Node which will peak at the end of the month and early October. This energy was also strong in mid Spring and part of it in early Summer.

Saturnian themes get amplified and we can be dealing with limitations, obstacles, restrictions, or perhaps issues around boundaries. We may feel a need to make changes around responsibilities, commitments, career, and structures in our lives. Similarly to the last Lunar Eclipse, there can be a sort of ending playing out around how an area of our lives is being expressed.

Full Moon Opposing Mercury and Venus Conjunction As They Change Signs

At the time of this Full Moon, Mercury and Venus are in a conjunction at the very end of Virgo, (Mercury’s sign). They will then be moving into Libra (Venus’ sign) in the hours following with the Full Moon triggering after it begins to wane.

This can be a time of heightened interactions, catching up with friends and other relationships. While it is in Virgo it could lean more towards its themes connected to work, service, fault finding, etc. For some people there can be a feeling of some sort of urgency.

After this conjunction moves into Libra, especially a day after the Full Moon,  it becomes more pleasant, social, and creative. Our interactions can be more harmonious, diplomatic, and less critical. We can more easily see both sides to something, find balance, and a great time to discuss relationship matters.

As a result of both of these planets transitioning near the same time, some people may experience some sort of significant shift in other areas of their lives within a few days following the Full Moon.

Things To Consider During This Period

How can you better balance the mundane aspects of life with your ideals, creativity, or spirituality? How have your beliefs been impacted this year and what is the conclusion to your experiences? Is it possible that you may have been confused about some aspects of newly or previously acquired perspectives?

What themes are coming up for you now that have been playing out since last April? What do you need to release? What changes do you need to make when it comes to your work, responsibilities, commitments, structures, or boundaries?
These are just some examples of what could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime after the peak of the Full Moon when it begins to wane until the next New Moon in two weeks. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on September 14th at 4:33am Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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