Meditation to Stop Smoking Now!

Meditation to Stop Smoking Now!

When you close your eyes and concentrate on what you’re experiencing you may find it causes you to ask yourself some pretty weird questions.

“Where am I?”

OK. It may seem obvious on the face of it. You’re in your living room, bedroom or wherever. But what evidence of that do you feel? You feel your bum and back against the chair, your feet against the floor.

But “where” is the feeling and “where” is the feeler? I used to think that my head is up here and the sensation (of feet on floor) is down there. But, with my eyes closed and concentrating on the present moment, I’m not so sure.

With your eyes closed everything’s black. Well, it’s not completely black you can see colours but it’s nothing to concentrate on, nothing to see. There’s no point of reference that says “you are here”. No distance. No scale. No comparison.

Sometimes when I close my eyes and I’m nicely relaxed I am aware of an incredible sensation of largeness. Suddenly I am not bounded by four walls or the limit of my eyesight. The result is the universe inside my head.

Try it now! Close your eyes, just briefly, relax and feel the immensity that is larger than anything you can imagine.

Now, where are you inside this universe. At what point are you? Are you outside looking in? Or inside looking out?

If you completely die to the past at every moment there is no “you”, no experiencer and experienced, just experience.

In my opinion, this brings us to complete selflessness. If there is no you, there is just being. So one is not concerned with one’s own welfare!

This may sound like a contradiction, given what I’ve been saying about selflessness, but when I started self-hypnosis I remember the feeling of complete contentment whilst sitting down and concentrating on my breathing.

And I remember it filtering into the rest of my life. A feeling of happiness coming over me in mundane situations.

I believe that it is this contentment that can suppress any nicotine, alcohol or drug addiction.

If I was happy no matter what – I was fed and watered and had no physical pain – why would I need a cigarette?

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More on Meditation to Stop Smoking

More on Meditation to Stop Smoking

Much of the hearsay evidence about smoking cessation is contradictory. How many people have you heard say “giving up smoking was the hardest thing I ever did”. On the other hand I’ve heard some say, “one day I just gave up”.

What seems to be for sure is that everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another.

I started smoking when I was 18 and very quickly developed a 20 a day habit. I immediately noticed a dip in my health – not to mention an increase in my asthma. But still I soldiered on. I tried to give up numerous times, sometimes using gum or patches, but it never worked. Whilst giving up I was incredibly depressed. Every minute of the day I thought about smoking, or felt awkward, or both.

Over three years ago I developed a passing interest in Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and from that became interested in self-hypnosis and meditation. For other reasons I started practising self-hypnosis and meditation for a few weeks and then one day stopped smoking! I was 35. I have been free from cigarettes and the desire to smoke for over 3 years. And (whispers) it didn’t hurt!

Don’t put any pressure on yourself to quit – just know that it will come eventually. We need to add a 5 minute routine to your daily life which may increase to 10 or 20 minutes as time goes by.

During these moments, try to concentrate on the present. Don’t think about the past or the future. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

Relax! Just as you observe your breathing, observe that you are feeling clean and better and that you want to smoke less.

Through the day concentrate on what you are doing. If you are walking, concentrate on the sensations of you feet on the ground.

Try not to see yourself as an independent animal effected by, or even victimized by, his/her environment. Prefer to see the “outside” world as something that occurs and changes within you as, for all you know, that’s what it is.

All of life happens within this capacity of observation. The desire for a cigarette is just another little thing that goes on within this capacity and it will arise and pass just like your breath.

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Mindfulness and Quitting Smoking Cigarettes

Mindfulness and Quitting Smoking Cigarettes

Mindfulness is a Buddhist meditation method. Right or correct mindfulness is the 7th element of the noble eightfold path. You can use mindfulness to quit smoking cigarettes.

Mindfulness can be defined as maintaining a calm awareness of the sensations and consciousness your experience in the present moment.

So if, for example, you are walking along a path be mindful of the sensation of the path on the souls of your feet, be mindful of the feeling in your legs of the muscles moving and contracting to necessitate the walking motion, or be mindful of your breathing as you’re walking.

Mindfulness is increasingly being used in psychology to help with a variety of conditions including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and drug addiction.

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Mindfulness is the moment-to-moment awareness which may allow you to be “liberated” from thoughts, feelings and emotions

I’ve read a few books by Osho, the Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher who had (and has) quite a following worldwide. Osho has something very interesting to say about mindfulness and quitting cigarette smoking.

Osho didn’t see smoking as a problem, rather as a symptom of another problem – beit stress or something else – it was the stress that was the problem and, if you cure that, you will stop smoking without effort.

He also cautioned against trying to stop smoking as the effort against the habit would be counter-productive. It would be like pruning a tree instead of cutting down the tree at the roots. If you prune a tree it will only grow back thicker and bushier next year, whereas if you cut it down at the root, it’ll never grow back.

Any habit that becomes a force, a dominating force over you, is a sin. One should live more in freedom. One should be able to do things not according to habits but according to the situations. Life is continuously changing – it is a flux – and habits are stagnant. The more you are surrounded by habits, the more you are closed to life.

He also counselled to not be worried about your smoking habit. Don’t be ashamed of yourself or embarrassed. This only increases the stress and the general ill feeling that will make you want to smoke – not the other way round.

Osho’s answer was to smoke! But to smoke mindfully! The Zen Buddhists have a famous tea ceremony in which the process of making and drinking tea is practiced mindfully – concentrating and aware on the process throughout the ceremony so no thought or distraction comes into the mind.

So, if you can have a tea ceremony, why not have a cigarette smoking ceremony!

Very slowly take a cigarette out – as slowly as you can, because only if you take it very slowly will you be aware. Don’t do it in a mechanical way, as you always do. Then tap the cigarette on the packet very slowly and for as long as you want. There is no hurry. Then take the lighter… Then start smoking very slowly

All the time, while you take the cigarette out, light it and smoke it be aware of exactly what you are doing at that present moment. Do let one part of the activity of smoking be through the habit. Because mindfulness and meditation teaches you of the difference between an action and a habit.

If you smoke in this way, you will find you will smoke less and less. And then, one day, you will decide not to smoke at all.

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How To Quit Smoking Cigarettes

How To Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking is a habit that permeates every aspect of life; from nights out to breaks at work, it is easy to become reliant on cigarettes as a crutch. Now you want to break that habit and improve your health and wellbeing but it seems like a mountain to climb. With both the physiological and psychological addiction to tackle it may even seem insurmountable, it isn’t and with some simple techniques you can quit smoking today.

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Natural methods are best when quitting smoking

The first step, as with any addiction, is to plan how you will quit. Choose a day to quit whether that be today, tomorrow or next week and stick to it! Try making a wall chart or calendar to map your progress. It is very encouraging to tick off smoke free dates such as a day, a week, a month and eventually a year. Choose some of the below techniques that you feel are right for you and above all else, have faith in yourself to stick to quitting.

Create A Mantra

A great way to encourage yourself to quit smoking is to create a personal mantra or phrase that will remind you why you’re quitting. For example, ‘Each clear breath renews my health’, would remind you of the health benefits of quitting. This mantra will also be very useful in combination with other techniques you can utilise.

Meditation

Most smokers will tell themselves cigarettes help stress but this is actually a myth, the feeling of relief is only a physiological response to a nicotine craving. There are far better ways to reduce stress. Meditation is a great way to relax and can be fitted into any routine. To get started simply sit and focus on your breathing, try to clear your mind and focus on the sensation of breath going in and out. Once your body relaxes, you can focus on your personal mantra. In this state of relaxation, getting in contact with your subconscious will be easier and you will finish meditation feeling cleansed and pure and definitely not wanting a cigarette! There is a great deal of more detailed advice about meditation available online.

Hypnosis and Self Hypnosis

With hypnosis, one can convince the mind to not smoke again. You can get in contact with clinics that provide hypnosis sessions from professionals who will help you to quit smoking cigarettes, but there are also ways you can utilise self hypnosis. Self hypnosis takes time and effort, it’s something you will have to do every day. Start by repeating your mantra at every opportunity, when cleaning the house for example. This will begin to implant the idea of quitting in your subconscious. Utilise meditation and once you are completely focused, communicate with your subconscious. This will be difficult at first but over time, the idea to quit will flower in your mind and your desire to smoke will evaporate. Again, there is a wealth of knowledge about hypnosis available online, so research and find the technique right for you.

These are just some of the techniques you can use to quit smoking cigarettes but remember, most of all trust in your own will power. If you are struggling, find a likeminded friend to talk to, or better yet to quit with. A partner in quitting can be just what you need to really motivate each other.

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Quit Smoking Cigarettes with Affirmations

Quit Smoking Cigarettes with Affirmations

We have written many times on this site about using the subconscious mind when quitting smoking with self-hypnosis and meditation. But there is also much you can do to with affirmations to quit smoking.

I could simplistically describe affirmations as conscious commands to your subconscious. Just by saying something you can actually effect some negative habits locked in your subconscious.

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You can make affirmations by the sun or the star or other celestial objects

People use affirmations to create a positive mindset and live life more consciously instead of blindly following the well-trod paths of the subconscious which may be damaging.

Your thoughts are your reality – in a very real way. If you watch what you are thinking regularly you will be amazed how many negative thoughts and assumptions you make about your everyday life. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could turn them into positive ones?

Affirmations can allow you to disassociate yourself from negative habits. Your conscious affirmation will be at odds with your subconscious habit, forcing it from the shadows of your subconscious mind out into the open of consciousness where you can make a choice to discard it. It really is that simple.

How to make affirmations

When creating affirmations focus on what you want – not on what you don’t want. And focus on something you want to change about yourself.

Start by saying it to yourself over and over. Say your affirmations everyday, as often as you can. Say them in your head and say them out loud. You may even like to write them on a piece of paper and put them in a special place.

Visualisation can work for some people. Some people like to visualise themselves living their dream life already. I’m not so sure about this method as it seems a little like dreaming for me which is too subconscious. If you like to visualise make sure it is conscious visualisation.

Why not try all these methods?

Remember, thoughts are nothing but electrical impulses that form our perception of reality – or form reality. Make sure you are the conscious controller of your thoughts not your subconscious. You are responsible for your thoughts.

Some examples of affirmations

Here are some examples of affirmations.

“I breathe in only clean air” would be a good example of an affirmation for a smoker who wishes to quit smoking cigarettes. Another one of my personal favorites is: “every day in every way I’m getting better and better”.

Here are some more:

  • I am healthy and happy
  • Wealth is pouring into my life
  • I am surrounded by love
  • I deserve all good in my life

The list is really endless.

There is no reason to ever be bored. Whether you are queuing for something, walking, driving, meditating, you can make affirmations. Just make sure you are conscious of the moment you are in and that the affirmation is about yourself.

And, keep at it. It works!

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