Existence, thinking and stopping smoking

Existence, thinking and stopping smoking

There are many people who tell you rules about how to give up cigarettes. Here are mine:

  • Don’t believe anything anyone has told you about this subject.
  • Relax.
  • Don’t worry.
  • It’s not the most difficult thing in the world.

All you can see on the internet about giving up is, generally, very serious. Pick a “quit date” … Keep a diary … Tell your friends. It’s all very stressful. It’s very focussed on a moment of achievement in the future and not about the present. Human beings don’t work that way. We evolve moment by moment. I gave up smoking by concentrating on the present not by stressing about a “quit date”. I would love to see these so called “experts” “prove” that “quit dates” are a good idea.

Its funny how research suggests that success with giving up smoking is more likely with pharmacological aids and yet heresay and those who work in the field say the cold turkey approach is best.

It was clearly spelled out in the 1964 US Surgeon General’s Report that cigarette smoking was not an addiction and he only came round to the idea in 1988. Nowadays the Surgeon General is advocating the use of pharmalogical aids in quitting smoking.

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Relax. This is all about observation.

Thinking is not the core of who you are – that has always been the major assertion of Eastern religion. The core of who you really are is that part of you that can watch yourself thinking.

Exist as best you can in any given moment and to connect with the sensations around you – so instead of just thinking, be aware of what’s happening in your whole body. Happiness comes from being present.

Here are some words from Eckhart Tolle:

“Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible”

“You cannot find yourself by going into the past. You can find yourself by coming into the present. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be”

“There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realise that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance”

“If you are not familiar with ‘inner body’ awareness, close your eyes for a moment and find out if there is life inside your hands.”

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How to give up smoking – thought procedure

How to give up smoking – thought procedure

We all know that smoking is an addiction which, for some people, is deeply lodged in their subconscious mind. So, when wanting to know how to give up smoking, it’s necessary to examine our thought procedures to see if we can change some engrained beliefs as another line of attack against addiction.

In order to understand how thought procedures or thought patterns take a hold of our minds it’s necessary to imagine our brains as a cornfield in high summer. Every time you have a thought, it’s like you running across the cornfield taking a particular path.

Every day we have, literally millions of thoughts, millions of paths through the cornfield. And when you have the same thought twice, you go across the cornfield along the same route two times. And then, if you have the thought a few times, that particular path becomes well worn. The corn is trampled down along this route and therefore it’s easier to run through it.

So, if you have the same thought a few times, it become easier to think it again – just as it’s easier to go through a well-trampled path through our cornfield.

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In order to give up smoking it may be an idea to challenge some deeply held beliefs

This is how repeated thoughts become beliefs. But, these beliefs don’t have to be true!

Watch what you think!

When I discovered this, it was actually a life-changing moment. Maybe you were told when you were in school that you weren’t very good at something, for example, a teacher told you that you weren’t very good at math, not very good at spelling, not much when it comes to sports, or maybe, as I was, you were told your weren’t much good at anything!

We naturally believe our teachers when we are young as they are older than us.

This being the case, it is quite possible that you could go through your life thinking that thought, perpetuating the belief that you’re not good at such-an-such, until one day – you’ve thought it so much, it might as well be true!

Trust me, if you think you’re no good at something, the chances are, when you try to do that thing, you’ll be no good at it!

However, I’m a great believer in taking life at face value. If you want to do something like math, reading, writing, sports, anything, just try to do it with an open mind and don’t let any past baggage get in your way. So what if you’re useless at something? Don’t let some idiot teacher from your schooldays stop you from doing anything in later life!

What has this got to do with giving up smoking cigarettes?

You may well ask, and please excuse me for going off-topic!

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It’s easier to take a well-trod path through a cornfield

However, I want you to think of any common thoughts you may have that are causing beliefs that you would like to change.

Here are some thoughts that you may have thought recently:

  • the only way you can give up smoking is by having tremendous willpower
  • it’s impossible to stop smoking
  • you get pleasure from smoking a cigarette
  • you’re going to put on weight if you stop smoking
  • you’ll suffer physically by quitting because of the withdrawal pains
  • you can’t relax unless you have a cigarette
  • you can’t enjoy a good meal unless you have a cigarette afterwards
  • you’re never totally free from an addiction, like other drug addicts are never really free

Now, the thing is, none of the above statements are actually true!

They are just little thoughts that were some of the millions of thoughts you thought one day. Only, these little thoughts were thought again and again and then perpetuated by some “expert” on TV or some “expert” you happened to talk to.

Slowly over the years some of these little thoughts became beliefs.

What you should do now?

Observe your thinking around cigarettes (and anything else!) see if you have thoughts that you think often that are detrimental to you, or to you giving up. And, when you find yourself thinking them, gently move your mind off these thoughts or counter them with an opposing thought. For example:

“it’s impossible to stop smoking” – hold on, is it? Millions of people have stopped smoking, so why can’t I?

Move your mind toward positive thoughts of accomplishment.

Watch yourself become more positive over the next few weeks after doing this!

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Why Most ‘Quit Smoking’ Methods Fail

Why Most ‘Quit Smoking’ Methods Fail

The ability to quit smoking is more than merely removing the substance from your everyday lifestyle. Many of us will attempt to quit only to fall off the wagon in a burning poof of ash. Regardless of how hard we may try, nothing seems to work.

We could stand there chewing on nicotine gum with three patches stuck to each arm and an e-cigarette hanging off our lips as we walk up to the gas station to buy a pack of “real” cigarettes. What makes this habit so difficult to break for many of us?

1. Availability

Unlike hardcore drugs, cigarettes are readily available at so many locations around your home. It doesn’t take much to talk yourself into running to the convenience store and picking up a pack. There isn’t much stopping you from doing just that either. It’s not like you have to find a “hook-up” to get your nicotine fix. There are no back-alleys that you may never emerge from once you enter. It takes less than five minutes and your “dealer” will do it with a smile as he or she takes your money at the cash register.

2. Mental Habits

There are a lot of people that wind up sitting at their desks at home and chain-smoke as they peruse the Internet and play on Facebook. A lot of the time, these cigarettes simply burn out without the smoker inhaling maybe five or six drags. However, it becomes a mental habit to have the white cylindrical tube in your fingers as you type away at the keyboard. The same goes with driving or after meals. It becomes a mental state that you “need” to have a cigarette in order to complete these tasks.

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3. Will Power

A lack of will power is how a lot of people gain weight and fail at quitting. The obsession may not be nearly as bad if the cigarettes weren’t so damnably easy to get a hold of. But since they are, your will power is at an all-time low as you can talk yourself into just about anything. A simple practice you could try is talking yourself out of something instead. However, the mind is a funny substance. You may do a great job at not smoking the entire morning only to realize you just bought a pack and are unwrapping it with your lunch. The part of your mind that is addicted to the cigarettes pretty much tied up and gagged with duct-tape the conscious part of your mind that wants to quit.

4. Imagery

We’ve all seen the commercials of what organs look like from a smoker and comparisons of how many people die of lung cancer every year. To the average smoker, we watch these commercials and think to ourselves, “that’s disgusting” while puffing on a cigarette. Shock value doesn’t work against many smokers as we’ll laugh and light up anyway. A different kind of positive mental imagery needs to be developed in order for something like that to work. Perhaps a commercial addressing the mental aspects of how to help someone to quit could suffice.

When it comes to breaking any habit, it all boils down to will power and the state of your mind. If you believe that something isn’t going to work for you, the chances are it won’t. You need to be ready inside your mind in order to succeed at quitting cigarettes. Without this frame of mind, you are doomed to make the same New Year’s Resolution every year until you die.

Jason Miner plays a vital role for www.blogcarnival.com.  He is an expert in writing topics of different categories.  He is helping the carnival team to grow & working on making this an even better place for bloggers.

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Quit Smoking Cigarettes Through Definiteness of Purpose

Contemplating giving up smoking

There is a problem for those people who wish to quit smoking cigarettes. The problem stems from the addiction – and it is a problem of desire and definiteness of purpose.

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Many hypnotists will argue only committed people will successfully give up smoking cigarettes

The problem is this, we are told again and again: IN ORDER TO GIVE UP SMOKING CIGARETTES YOU MUST WANT TO!!!!

But there is a problem and an internal hypocrisy to this all-encompassing, slightly arrogant statement. And that is, if all people need to do is to desire giving up smoking properly in order to quit, then people would quit as and when they want and nobody would ever have any problem quitting!

Every smoker knows this to be true

There comes a time, maybe after two or three years after starting smoking, maybe a lot longer after, when a smoker starts to hate their habit.

They hate the necessity of having to purchase cigarettes, they hate the feeling in their lungs in the morning, they hate the coughs and colds, heck, they even hate smoking the things!

As this point smokers have a definiteness of purpose. They want to give up smoking.

Why then do we always read the experts saying: “in order to give up smoking you must have a desire to stop smoking.”

Because, what happens when a smoker reads this? What do they think?

“Oh, I’ve got to want to stop smoking properly in order to give up? Well, I thought I wanted to give up, that’s why I’m reading this. But, hang on, I’ve wanted to give up for years but never managed it successfully.

Help! What if I’ve never really wanted to give up? Then that’s why I’ve failed so far? I’m a failure! I don’t really want to give up! I want to smoke now!”

I’ve got some news for the experts (who’ve never smoked): MOST SMOKERS WANT TO STOP SMOKING!

Definiteness of Purpose

Don’t worry if you’ve tried to give up and not managed it on occasions. It doesn’t mean that your will-power isn’t up to the job, or that you’re weaker than everybody else, or that you secretly want to carry on killing yourself with nicotine.

It’s an addictive substance! That’s where the confusion comes from. Don’t worry about the clarity of your desire to stop smoking! You are reading this, therefore you want to give up smoking.

This is why I worry about hypnotists who say that you have to really want to give up smoking in order for the hypnotism to work. This is just a get-out clause in case their work isn’t good enough.

According to Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich, the real winners of life have a clear and definite purpose of what they want and how they are going to get it.

In which case, we needn’t worry.

We know what we want and we know how to get it. We want to stop smoking cigarettes. We want to want to stop smoking cigarettes. And we will. It’s that easy.

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Top 5 ways to Quit Your Smoking Addiction

Top 5 ways to Quit Your Smoking Addiction

Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of death and illness in the US and the UK. Even though a medical warning is present on the outside of every cigarette package sold, over 1 million adults and children are still deciding to pick up this deadly habit every year. Many medical studies have shown that those who smoke die much earlier in life than those who avoid it.

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Furthermore, there is an increased risk of contracting various diseases if the individual smokes on a frequent basis. Smokers do not realise the impact they are having on their surrounding non-smoker family/friends, as passive smoking is also a more recently known killer.

For those who are craving to quit, there are 5 known, effective treatments available today. These top five treatments include cognitive behaviour therapy, the nicotine patch treatment, stop smoking programs, prescription drugs and non-nicotine cigarettes.

Quitting Smoking and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive therapy is used for a variety of issues and concerns including depression, eating disorders, phobias and mood disorders. This type of therapy is also used for people who want to quit their smoking habits. By using this kind of therapy, the patient will think more positively about quitting. They are more likely to understand their ambivalent feelings, while they also learn additional ways to cope with stress.

In this kind of therapy, a trained therapist’s role will help the patients with addressing negative thoughts that hamper progress. Hence, to counteract negative thoughts, the therapist will help their patient’s by changing their initial thought patterns. The therapist’s main role is to aid the patient with the replacement of negative responses into more positive ones. For example, instead of the words “I cannot stop” the patient will be encouraged to think/ say “I am going to beat this habit.” This type of therapy revolves around self-belief.

Nicotine Patch

The nicotine patch treatment has been around for many years. These patches can be purchased in different dosages (strengths). Which means, when a smoker wants to quit the habit, they should begin these treatments by using a strong dosage of nicotine. The strong dosage should be used for a specified number of days. Once these initial days are over, the patient will gradually move to a patch that has a lower dosage of nicotine. This process is continued until no patch is needed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the patch treatment is very effective, especially when it is combined with behavioral modification techniques.

However, here we have found very little evidence of these highly-marketed, expensive and profitable drugs working.

Stop Smoking Programs

Presently, there are several available ‘stop smoking programs’. These programs can be found in a variety of different formats including videos, books and live presentations. While some of these programs are considered to be very effective, they are often much more successful for the patient when they are combined with other natural solutions like the patch and gum lozenges. Therefore, for those who are considering a stop smoking program, they should undergo some of their own research before signing up.

Prescription drugs and Stopping Smoking

Sometimes people have smoked so long that they may need more aggressive treatment in order to quit this habit. This is one of the main reasons why some people may choose to take a prescription drug as an alternative. However, for those who are interested, they should talk to their doctor about recommendations. One major drawback to taking prescription drugs is the adverse side effects. Some of the most commonly known prescription drugs include Bupropion, Nortriptyline and Varenicline.

Electronic Cigarettes and Non-nicotine cigarettes

Another nicotine replacement product is the electronic cigarette. This product is becoming more popular because it helps with simulating smoking. The electronic cigarette can also be used to reduce nicotine gradually until the person quits the habit.

This is a guest post by Micheala Connolly

Conclusion

The treatments discussed above are the ones most commonly sought after, this is because they are both affordable and achievable. Many of the treatments are available through the NHS in the UK who provide ‘quit smoking kits’.

The fact that there is little agreement over the most successful ways to give up smoking points towards not only the difficulty of the question itself but also the number of vested interests involved.

Remember, a lot of people who say that a certain method works stand to make money from you if you decide to use that method. Also, remember also that drug companies invest billions into advertising and lobbying just so you invest your hard earned-money trying to give up a habit that is taking away your hard-earned money.

Take everything you hear with a pinch of salt and don’t forget that the best things in life are free.

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