did meditation have an influence on your diet?
Underneath your question/experience is a huge discussion on the potentional of mindfulness helping people to make healthier diet choices. Also, from my personal experience, the Buddhist 5th Precept is really supporting my struggles and if there was a "5th Precept buddy" programme, I would join up!!
This is not an answer nor did you post a question. You mentioned that you stopped doing drugs and alcohol and gave up caffine, but said you felt the effects of a bottle of beer? Confused.... But unrelated to meditation, I have been doing my best to eat healthier, no chemicals, less sugar, no soda. I do drink a little wine in moderation. I stopped smoking when I retired. I am trying very hard to learn meditation and mindfulness. It has brought me a lot of peace of mind. I need all the help I can get. There is not a community in my area to call on for guidance, so I am looking for it on line.
I believe the 5th precept you refer to is the "Mindfulness of Eating, Drinking and Consuming?"
That is what it is according to Thich Nat Hanh's teaching. He also includes what we consume through our other 4 perceptions (food and drink is related to taste perception) by way of TV, Movies, Magazines and can also now include whatever we find on the internet.
To everyone else, I think the motivation to abstain from eating and drinking and consuming comes from the desire to be free from suffering for ourselves and others around us and then to all sentient beings.
Kris, we could start a Mindfulness of Eating, Drinking and Consuming group on this site.
I've not really read alot of TNH's except, "Peace is Every Step." !!!! I will look into the teachings you mention - so keep mentioning them! It was just the basics of 'refrain from taking intoxicants' and the non-judgemental self-care aspect of this. I'm not sure how groups work here - I'm happy just to contribute to Jay's format but would join in if you went ahead with a group.
That's cool. I can recommend "Old Path, White Clouds" for his biography of the Buddha's life...very good and "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" and in there is TNH's 5 precepts..there is a lot in there.
Friends I set back and read, just amazed at how meditation has made a major impact on our lives. I'm a recovering drug addict that used meditation, The Buddha Path, and zen studies to free my mind from addiction. I would truly be honored if you all would read my story and give me your feedback and help on a prospective book I/we may write.
Michael Shane Griffin