Welcome to the new Trending feature. Here, we will discuss what’s hot and what’s not in life, the universe, and everything. For this issue, what’s hot is meeting joyfully and mindfully … not drunkenly. Gathering over an artful cocktail with friends is still fabulous, but getting wasted as a way of socializing is not. That’s so 1980s (and yes, I grew up in the 1980s so I would know). How about bringing your green drink to a meet-up of awesome, like-minded people? Yes! No regrets, no hang-overs, just a wonderful time and energy for that morning run or yoga class. Many excellent adventures can be had while completely sober. Here are a few that are happening across the country:
Wanderlust Festivals (http://wanderlust.com/festivals/)
Wanderlust Festivals are billed as all-out celebrations of mindful living. They bring together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for transformational retreats in the world’s most awe-inspiring natural resorts. They create an experience that gets into your mind, body and soul. For 2016, they have festivals in North America scheduled for Hawaii, West Virginia, Vermont, Colorado, California, British Columbia and Quebec. It is said that Wanderlust is an experience that leaves you different than when you came — with new ideas, new friends, newly discovered abilities, and greater peace. Like. Love it. Need to attend the one in CO.
How about a glittery dance party before work? This is an idea whose time has come, right?! Why not show up to the office with a smile and spring in your step. Daybreaker organizes sober morning raves in major cities across the globe. If there’s not one yet in your city, then you can apply to be a producer on their website. But get ready to answer questions like: Are you awesome? Are you immortal? What’s your daily level of mischief?
The Big Quiet (http://www.bigquiet.nyc/)
Meditating with others can be fun and impactful. Medi Club, a group of Modern Meditators, organized its first free mass meditation in Central Park in NYC in June 2015, and more events are to follow. Their mission is to make meditation part of our culture and foster a sense of community and interconnectedness. And here’s the truly awesome part — there’s an after party. I love this modern twist on meditation. Time is spent quieting the mind and looking inward, and then you party like it’s 1999 with a like-minded, sober community.
Source: http://wanderlust.com/journal/its-hip-to-be-sober/ by Andrea Rice.