Article by Owen Jones
If you want to stop smoking, you will have to use every weapon in the armoury, but above all you ought to choose a key technique that you have faith will work for you.
This might be cold turkey, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, gradual reduction or meditation. It is rather senseless to try acupuncture if you do not believe in it.
There are two reasons why it is difficult to quit smoking: psychological dependence and physical dependence and you have to tackle both of these fronts at the same time if you are to be successful.
The psychological dependence is often related to stress or so many smokers claim whereas the physical dependence may be as petty as not knowing what to do with your hands.
One of the most natural methods to handle stress is meditation. It requires no tablets, no oils, nothing; only a blanket. Meditation may be carried out either in combination with exercise like Yoga or on its own. Meditation is one of the great stress-busters and may actually cure some illnesses through willpower alone according to ancient Indian scripts.
No doctors have ever ridiculed Yoga or meditation like they have acupuncture, aromatherapy and some of the other ‘alternative therapies’. It stands to reason that if meditation can relieve stress and stress is a reason for smoking, that meditation can help you quit smoking too.
In the Developed World, we tend to think of gurus meditating in some contorted posture in the middle of a field, on a beach or on the top of a mountain. Although some individuals do meditate like this, it is a bit daft of to think that you have to. Most individuals in the West and in the East meditate quietly sitting on a mat in the house or in the backyard.
You will have to buy a book or training video on yoga, meditation techniques and breathing exercises. Perhaps you ought to do some research on Google first to find out whether you are interested in yoga, but you should learn some breathing exercises because they can relax you in seconds.
Before meditating it is customary to have a shower and brush your teeth et cetera. Then sit on a blanket in an open space where you are not likely to get disturbed. Your book will probably tell you to do some breathing exercises first.
The effects of this meditation session should last nearly all day, so it is a good idea to do one in the morning and one in the evening. Thirty minutes a session ought to be enough, but you will almost certainly like to go on for longer. While you are in work, you will be able to ‘top up’ your calmness with a minute of breathing exercises as required.
Meditation is the cheapest and most healthy method of stopping smoking and you will learn techniques that will help you for the remainder of your life. If you have to use nicotine patches and gum, there is no reason why you ought not to.
About the Author
Owen Jones, the author of this piece, writes on many topics, but is at present involved with quitting smoking statistics.