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Three months, two vows of abstinence later...

Reading back some of these blogs just reminded me how different things appear once you take yourself off the fucked-up societal merry-go-round.

After a five-day retreat at the Kadampa Buddhist temple in Glen Spey in August, I decided to clear my head and take two vows of abstinence for the following three months. The main objective was to reproduce the peace and serenity I felt while on temple grounds and what best way to do it than by cutting out those ingredients that make us humans react in the most demeaning ways? Alcohol and sex were the two elements that I vowed I would abstain from for the following three months. And what an insightful journey that has been. The most interesting reactions have come from others. From incredulity and encouragement to admiration and disgust, I have been to the receiving end of them all.

Dating while sober has also added an extra notch to the experience as men appeared confused as to whether I was truly interested in them since I was not going to &…