Dive into a captivating conversation on the Vital Veda Podcast as we explore the transformative realm of an alcohol-free lifestyle with James Swanwick, a renowned speaker and facilitator on connecting, functioning and relating consciously.
Join us as we embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, uncovering the profound impact an alcohol-free lifestyle can have on your physical and mental well-being.
James shares his wisdom on transforming societal norms, navigating rites of passage, and discovering the bright road ahead while embracing conscious partying and challenging conventional beliefs.
Delve into intriguing questions and gain insights on living a fulfilling and embodied alcohol-free lifestyle.
Tune in to unlock the secrets of a vibrant, liberated existence with James Swanwick.
ABOUT OUR GUEST: JAMES SWANWICK
James Swanwick is an Australian-American entrepreneur who helps casual drinkers reduce or quit alcohol.
He has coached thousands of people to improve their lives and performance by adopting an alcohol-free lifestyle.
He is the author of The 30-Day No-Alcohol Challenge and the creator of Project 90, an online program providing support and coaching for individuals eliminating alcohol from their lives.
He is also the host of the Alcohol-Free Lifestyle Podcast and co-founder of Swanwick Sleep, a company which produces blue light-blocking glasses.
In 2015, Forbes Magazine included James in its 25 Professional Networking Experts To Watch.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
Table of Contents
Impact of Alcohol on Physical & Mental Health
One of the most preventable interventions for physical and mental and emotional health.
Can removing alcohol completely transform the physical, mental and our spiritual health?
- Not only the problem drinkers needs to act. Prevent.
- 1-2 drinks / night – cognitive studies. Brain damage.
- Is red wine good for heart health? – So they said during the 80s.
- Asavas and Aristas
- Drinking on the weekends or even fortnightly only.
The distinction between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction.
Transforming the Norms Around
- Ways of Eating! – The waiter is asking what do you want for a drink before you are served dinner!
- Celebrations & Partying
- Watching live music
Rites of Passage
Substituting rites of passages to something other that getting drunk.
Doing other life-affirming activities.
Self-Enquiry & Self Assessment
How do we know when we’ve reached a point where the amount and frequency of alcohol we are drinking needs to be addressed?
Attractiveness of alcohol.
The Rakshasa energy of alcohol.
Conscious Partying & The Bright Road Ahead
- Conscious parties.
- Non alcoholic beverage industry.
Living an Alcohol Free Lifestyle
How do you communicate to others that you are alcohol-free.
The importance of substitute drinks – or substitutes.
The path of creating new consumption habits and patterns instead of rejecting the alcoholic drink.
- Focus on bringing in the light (sattva) instead of dispelling the darkness (tamas). When the light comes, darkness will naturally dissipate.
Social tactics to still party and have fun.
Benefits Being Alcohol Free
- Experiment. Growth opportunity – find your self
- Learn how to form boundaries in life
- Stop people pleasing
- Alcohol may be the thing blocking us from performing our dharma (most evolutionary right action at any given time)
Experiencing how it feels to have no alcohol in your system for a month or 3.
- Body says “Finally you given me a break.”
Confidence and owning it – Instead of being the one who has to explain themselves, be the one who is the role model, the one who inspires.
Dealing with “peer pressure” gracefully.
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