The Tao of Excessive Moderation

New Subscriber David B asks:  As Daoism mentions spontaneity and also encourages moderation and avoiding excess, what advice could you offer people when trying to drink alcohol in a balanced way and avoiding excessive drinking?
To me, the Tao means freedom to be myself, to follow my own way, to be spontaneous, moderate, immoderate, excessive, balanced or unbalanced, to succumb to or resist temptation, to be and do as I choose in any moment.
One highly regarded writer on the Tao is/was an alcoholic, as indeed were/are many highly regarded writers on anything.  Some drink to remember, some drink to forget, all I ask to bear in mind is don’t drink when you bet.
How sober is the Drunken Monkey?
Having drunk more than my share before I quit a quarter-century ago who am I to advise anyone?  I quit when I realised I no longer had the choice: Chivas and the Dom were stealing my freedom.  Enough is enough.  That’s my Tao.  What’s yours?

This Week: Anamarta of the Jade Circle and I are giving a free talk on Thursday evening in Camden.  Why not come on by and learn something new, and how to channel that delicious energy into new and exciting channels.
Then on Sunday 7th the Jade Circle is offering Rebirth of the Self to women who have completed the Jade Circle Workshop.

Next Week Jade Circle meets on the 10th, with the Jade Arrows following on 18th.
Coming Up: Healing Tao Foundations Step 1 – we are approaching Full House on this one: there are a few places left so sign up now to start your Journey in the Tao, Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st June, with Step 2 following a week later.  You can make good savings by combining payment for both together, better by including Step 3 July 10th thru 13th in London, or 3rd thru 6th in Dublin.

Next Month: it’s not too early to book up for our 7th Annual Tai Chi Summer Retreat and Training Camp 24th through 29th July.

Qigong Teacher Training now has just 3 places left and still almost 3 months to go, so I suggest if you want to do it, do it now!

Back in Stock and awaiting delivery to adorn your wall: the beautiful Taoist Posters Body-Mind-Spirit, Inner Alchemy, and Eight Immortals, all with Free Delivery included in the price.  Click’em!  I will add more from time to time.  Many more will be available at Step 1.

That’s it for this week
Thanks for reading
Kris – btw if you want to share your views on the Tao of Excessive Moderation, send ’em in!

About Kris Deva North

Author, Meditation Coach, Teacher of the Taoist Arts.
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