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Why We Meditate: Because Practice Can Cure Hangovers?

by Ethan Nichtern

On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest
fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon in the
window displays of ABC Carpet & Home, a wonderful and sustainable store in New York City.
We are aiming to raise funds for our non-profit organization to develop as a true
community center, develop a radio show, and develop our activism
projects (environmental and prison work) in the coming year. We also need additional support to continue providing great
classes, events and projects for the upcoming year, and expand the
scope of our transformative community.


About 90 people have signed up to participate. Three of us, myself
included, are meditating for 24 hours straight! So why do we practice
That’s a great question to ask yourself before you do it around the
clock on one of the busiest streets in the world. Every week for the
next six weeks leading up to
the event, we will share with you five answers to that questions from
marathon participants. If you like an answer, please consider making a donation in support of the meditator who wrote it (many thanks to the 300 or so sponsors so far!) Any amount is appreciated, and it helps our little nonprofit with a big
heart tremendously. The donation is deductible to the full extent of
the law.


Here are this week’s top five reasons we sit:

1.I meditate because it
cures hangovers.

     -participant Kat Hendrix

2. “I sit to be in the present, not the past nor the future, because ‘right now’ is exactly where I need to be.”
    -participant Jeff Hinton

3. “I sit to transform problems into opportunities.”
    -participant Ralph De La Rosa

4. “i sit so i don’t miss the next 30 years of my life”
    -participant Heather Coleman

5. “I sit because it settles and dissolves the clamor of my mind into peace.”
    -participant Eavan Cleary

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Peter Sang

posted October 26, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Please don’t put yourself up to the White Horse/Dylan Thomas test on this one.
(The White Horse Tavern has inhabited the corner of Hudson and 11th since the late 19th century when it replaced the James Dean Oyster House. It may have long ago itself been replaced were it not for the fact that Dylan Thomas chose the location as the place to drink himself to death in 1953, thereby creating a place for it in the annals of literary history. )

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posted October 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Darling Kat, I am so proud of you for your unstinting honesty and your commitment! Love, L.

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posted October 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

Meditation cures hangovers? If you’re practicing the middle way you won’t drink to excess. No intoxication, no hangover.

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Peter Sang

posted October 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Twas a joke…

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posted October 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I am going to start meditating every morning starting tomorrow. Thanks for the info. Although I do not drink, I believe that meditation COULD cure a hangover. Peace

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posted October 28, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I meditate to return to the middle way, so that I’m ready to live there.

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Anan E. Maus

posted October 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm

there is a Buddhist monastery that has the single greatest recovery rate from alcohol (or drug?) addiction, of any program, anywhere in the world.
I think it is in Thailand?

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posted May 1, 2010 at 7:06 am

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