When You Think You Cant Stop Smoking Meditation Will Rescue You
For me, when I though I could not stop smoking meditation saved me.
Quitting smoking for a few days is one thing. But quitting smoking for good requires dedication, commitment, and a lot of willpower.
Thankfully there are specific meditation for smoking cessation, and these can help you to never go back to smoking.
One thing I learned from quitting every addiction is that if you want to succeed in quitting smoking, you have to get over your own bullshit.
How many times do you say the following:
“Quitting smoking is impossible.”
“I’ll quit when my situation changes.”
“I’ll just have one more.”
Do you experience these thoughts when trying to quit smoking?
If so, it’s time to stop allowing yourself to fall victim to these negative ways of thinking. You cannot afford to let a bad mindset ruin your chances of quitting smoking.
Quitting smoking is arguably the single most important thing you will ever do. Success or failure could very well be a matter of life or death. No matter what else you have on your plate right now, there is probably nothing more important than the battle against the carcinogenic toxins flooding your lungs.
There is good news.
When you want to stop smoking meditation can help.
I know because I myself have quit smoking. And I went through precisely the same struggle that you are going through now.
When I Thought I Couldn’t Stop Smoking Meditation Saved Me
There was only one way I was able to stop smoking: Meditation.
Did I use nicotine patches? Honestly, why would I do that? Why would I force myself to get addicted to nicotine in a different form?
Was I hypnotised? Or did I use self hypnosis? Never. Because quitting smoking is a challenge, a challenge I wanted to personally conquer for myself.
Did I turn to e-cigarettes? You mean those tubes that have been reported to explode in your mouth, leading to life-long injury and even disfigurement? Most definitely not.
I quit smoking using a super-power that I’ve had for years. Just like Clark Kent has a superpower that turns him into Superman, I too have a superpower. It’s called, “The human mind”. And with my smoker meditations (below) you’ll discover the same strength.
The mind is the most powerful tool we will ever possess. It is capable of conceiving new technologies, of discovering the principles of science that hold the universe together, even of communicating silently across great distances. And it is darned sure capable of quitting smoking.
But you may wonder; if your mind is so powerful, why have you failed to quit smoking up to now? Because you have not truly attempted to use the power of your own mind.
If you are like 85% of smokers, you will have turned to someone or something other than yourself in order to try to quit. Did you turn to nicotine patches? Did you sign-up for a quit smoking program? Nonsense. The key to quitting smoking is to use the inherent power residing in your own mind.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “I want an easy way so that I don’t have to try”. Right? You want nicotine patches that actually work. You want to be hypnotised. You just want an easy solution, a solution that is given to you.
My friend, shut up.
Every time you tell yourself that you need something other than your mind you are putting yourself down because you are creating the negative belief that you are not strong enough to quit on your own.
Affirmations can help here. You already have the typical negative smoker’s affirmation “I can’t quit”. Switch it too, “I am a healthy, smoke-free person”. Meditate on this mantra and “smokers mindset” will start to end (smokers brain is the mentality that you can’t quit)
You’re saying to yourself, “I can’t quit for myself”. That is bullshit. And it is harmful bullshit. Like, poisonous cow-dung flowing through your mind.
Stop it. Slap yourself in the face and tell yourself you will never rely on those bullshit products they put out.
You actually think manufacturers want you to stop? Hell no. Cigarette manufacturers want you to buy cigarettes. The companies that make nicotine patches want you to be dependent on nicotine patches. No company wants you to quit. Well, THE DAILY MEDITATION does, but the guys who making smoking cessation products? They want you hooked for life.
So drill this into your head: the way to quit smoking is through your own mind.
The solution is you. You. You. You.
Before I show you my stop smoking meditation, do this
In a moment I will share my meditation for smokers. But I only want to share it with you if you are actually going to quit.
I want you to quit smoking for good and you are never going back to cigarettes.
- Go grab your pack of smokes.
- Take every single one of them out of the pack.
- And tear them up.
Yes do it right now. And do not use that bullshit excuse “But Ill just get more and then I will have wasted money”. That is one of the negative thoughts you need to change to get out of smoker’s mindset. Yes there is a chance that you might cave in and buy more. And yes you would be angry about it So what? You should be angry every time you buy a pack of smokes. And if you cannot afford another pack, then good, you will have even more motivation to quit smoking.
Now go and grab your smokes. And tear them up. Don’t stop until there’s a whole pile of dead little cigarettes in front of you. I want you to staring down at a pack of cigarettes that are torn to shreds on the flow.
Now stand over the cigarettes.
No I am not joking.
Do this right now.
Stand over the cigarettes.
Look down at them.
Stop Smoking Meditation Part 1
If you have not done so already, grab your cigarettes, tear them up, and stand over them.
- Look down at your cigarettes.
- Now visualize the damage that you have done to yourself (yes, this will make you feel like crap but that is the point right now)
- Take 10 deep breaths and focus on the movement of breath through your body
- Focus on breathing out
- As you breathe out, imagine smoke leaving your body
- As you breathe in imagine clear air entering your body
- Begin to repeat the mantra, “I am proud to be a healthy smoke-free person”. Repeat it 108 times (do not change this number. 108 is a sacred number that should be respected)
- Now (continuing to meditate) slowly pick up the pile of cigarettes and throw them in the trash.
- Look at the cigarettes in the trash and tell yourself, “It is over”.
Stop Smoking: Meditations From Buddhism And Other Cultures
The above meditation is for smokers who truly want to quit right now. There are, however, traditional meditations that help smokers (they are not as powerful as the above).
Science has proven that one of the best ways to quit smoking is with meditation.
Research has proven that mindfulness meditation can help to decrease the unconscious influences that cause cigarette cravings. In other words, the next time your hand gets all twitchy and you’re tempted to grab your lighter, mindfulness meditation will help you to take control of your feelings and overcome the craving. They discovered that mindfulness meditation helps you to gain mastery over those little triggers that make you want a smoke.
- If you have never meditated before ever, read my beginners guide to mindfulness.
Mindfulness meditation will make you cut down on smoking even if you don’t actually want to quit.
Think about it like this.
There are a million little cues that tell you to smoke. You’re stuck on the highway late for work and an old lady is driving about as fast as a snail with a Zimmer frame. You squeeze that steering wheel, digging your nails into it angrily,. This old woman driver is starting to infuriate you. And then ping! You get a craving for a cigarette so you unwind the window and light-up.
Now imagine if you’d been able to control your anger (read that link if you struggle with anger. It will do you wonders). Imagine if that little old lady driver who was messing up your day had zero effect on you. She didn’t bother you not one bit. You didn’t get annoyed. You didn’t need to light a smoke.
That’s where mindfulness meditation comes in.
If you had been mindful you would not have gotten angry, and if you hadn’t gotten angry you wouldn’t have needed to light up that smoke. Meditation stops anger. And being calm helps you smoke a lot less.
Obviously that’s just one example out of millions. But if you take scenarios like those and stretch them out across the entire day you’ll find that your smoking is almost always prompted by a change in mood.
If you didn’t have that change in mood you wouldn’t need a smoke.
Essentially, if you had more self control you would have less need for a smoke. A recent study proved that.
Practicing mindfulness meditation will make you quit smoking. It just takes 30 mins a day.
A recent scientific study took 60 undergraduates—27 of which were smokers—and asked them to try a body-mind training program that included relaxation techniques.
The students were split into two different groups. One half of the group received mindfulness meditation training. The other half were given relaxation training.
After two weeks and five and a half hours of training the students underwent brain scans and were tested in other ways.
Those five and a half hours were enough to make significant changes. The smokers halved their cigarette intakes.
They were not even aware that they had attempted to quit smoking.
That’s right. The smokers halved the amount of smokes they were having and they didn’t even need to try.
The cutbacks in tobacco smoke led to a sixty percent decrease in carbon monoxide in their lungs. Even without quitting these smokers had more than halved their carbon monoxide intake. That’s enough to make massive changes to your health. And it can happen without any effort whatsoever.
So let’s put that into perspective. If you simply practice mindfulness meditation for half an hour a day, and also do some very simple relaxation exercises you will half your cigarette intake without trying.
Stop Smoking Meditation Part 2
By meditating you learn to calm your mind. This makes your mind less noisy and increases self awareness. This in turn means that you are more conscious of the mental processes that make you smoke, and you are able to change them.
Here are the steps. Give it a shot now, and let me know via our Facebook page if you have any comments or questions.
- Tell yourself right now that this is it. You are going to quit. You will never smoke again in your entire life. Go on. Tell yourself right now.
- Sit comfortably and with good posture. You will find it helpful to sit in one of the proper meditation seating positions.
- Close your eye and relax for a couple of minutes.
- Focus your mind on your breathing for five minutes. This will relax and focus your mind. If you struggle to focus read this guide to breathing meditations before continuing.
- Now think about smoking and, importantly, observe what happens in your mind when you think about smoking. You will experience your thoughts in specific ways. For instance, you may see an image of a cigarette, or you may say to yourself “I need a cigarette.” Observe what happens.
- Once you have observed your thoughts, tell yourself “This is just a thought.”
- Continue meditating
- Think about smoking again. This time, when you think about smoking, change the thought. Imagine yourself doing something healthy instead.
- Continue for twenty minutes. To make sure you do it for 20, look at the time on your device right now. Don’t stop till 20 minutes have past. And remind yourself that this is the most important thing in your life right now. You will not stop until 20 minutes have past.
- You will need to practice this exercise several times in order for it to work. Try doing it once a day for one week. Trust me, you will notice a big difference!
Quit Smoking With Meditation: Five And A Half Hours Of Relaxation And You’ll Quit Smoking Forever
Do you want to quit smoking? Do you want to quit smoking easily and without effort? If so, Quit Smoking With Meditation is perfect for you.
This book reveals how you can use simple and relaxing meditation techniques to quit smoking. It has been scientifically proven to work.
In just five and a half hours you will quit smoking forever. And you do not even need to put any effort in. It is super easy.
Quit smoking now.
Paul Martin Harrison
Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.