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I think this is the only group of people, where I can explain and understand why I need to follow certain precepts in the practice. I feel a little "outcast" in daily life. Like my wife told me to put insecticide to kill bugs, but I can't do it no more. Knowing to harm sentient beings brings so much cloud in the mind.
Another issue is alcohol. I don't drink anymore (since last year - i don't miss it, not a bit) Most of my friends at work and neighbour got this habit of going get together on a weekend for drinks. So I am running out of alibi of not joining them. I got lucky on Christmas and some weekends, but they started to ask why I don't drink no more. I became weird to them.
Nothing mystical or miraculous about it. It just got in a way of simple living as the practice required. Anybody had similar experience? How do you guys handle transition. I have no Sangha, and I still go to church with my wife, because I told her that buddhism isn't a religion. But as the practice deepens, the teaching in the church doesn't makes sense anymore. Sorry if I offend some christians.