Meditate Your Path to a Smoke-Free Life

Smoking is not just a habit but a way of life. In the early twenty-first century campaigns aimed at getting people to stop smoking, little is said about the benefits of the habit even though they are many.

Like drinking, smoking can be a social activity bringing and binding people together. It can be a reward. It can stimulate or calm, depending on the need. It can be a symbol of rebellion in an otherwise dutiful life. It can be a statement about the individual refusal to go with the herd.

Nevertheless by 2011, smoking is recognized as a health risk to the smoker and to others. Additionally, the habit has become not only prohibitively expensive but a serious nuisance to pursue. The practice is increasingly banned in public and private locations, in some locales even in apartment buildings. Topping off the list of grievances associated with the habit is the fact that smoking has lost every semblance of the sophistication and glamour it once had. The result is that the smoker is a growing social pariah.

For those smokers tired of the tobacco shackles but not yet able to give up a lifestyle centered on the next cigarette, meditation techniques can be a compass for finding the smoke-free direction. For those put off by the spiritual or religious implications of the term, it’s useful to keep in mind that meditation is simply a cultivation of awareness. It’s not necessary to join an ashram or twist into yoga pretzels to use meditation tools for a lifestyle change. The activities can be carried out in the course of accomplishing daily routines as in the following suggested starter examples. More details please visit:-

1. Start thinking of yourself as a person who smokes rather than as a smoker. The change in attitude will set you in the desired direction so other aspects of your self-perception will automatically start to alter.

2. Break the link between smoking and daily routines. Have your first cup of morning coffee without lighting a cigarette. Wait a half hour after a meal before lighting up.

3. Pay attention to your body and the habit. Start noticing how your heart rate speeds up on that first puff and how your thoughts start to race. If you’re really ready to quit, you’ll notice the anxiety symptoms arising even before you take the first hit with the realization you’re about to embark on an activity you don’t want. Above all, take note of how much a nuisance it was to have that cigarette in private or in the company of other social pariahs.

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