Today, I want to share a very personal but profound thing, which all smokers might find useful.
Till 2 yrs and 9 months ago, I was a smoker. I started smoking in 2007 and continued to do so till 2010. It started as a “casual curiosity” and then when I hit a major depression in 2010, I became an addict.
On 4th January, 2011, I lit my last cigarette, and put it out in the middle. I never touched a cigarette every again. I never even felt the need to smoke ever ever again. As of today, even the smell of cigarette smoke makes me feel like puking. (And I never lie)
How did this change happen?
I never tried to “quit smoking”. Never ever. I just sincerely did only one thing: I always brought awareness into my smoking, that is all. This is the advice I had heard my Guru Sri Nithyananda Swami give to someone on what he should do to quit smoking in one of his youtube discourses. He told the person not to struggle to quit, but just be aware, that’s all. I tried that.
Every time I lit a cigarette, I used to be aware of whether I’m really smoking because I want to, or it is bcz I am just restless & bored or is it out of anger or what. Reasons were different many times, but I never gave up my awareness of the reasons. Slowly, after a few months, I saw that I was smoking not bcz I really really wanted to smoke, but for some other stupid reason and sometimes for no reason at all! Slowly, I automatically started to smoke lesser and lesser, and stopped smoking when I wasn’t really feeling like it. And then finally, on the 4th of Jan, I lit a smoke, and suddenly I felt, “What the crap am I doing? I don’t need this poison. I am done with it.”
And I was really really really done with it.
I hope someone finds this useful. It really works, all you need is a little honesty with your own self and a little patience.
Shared this ONLY with the purpose of hoping to benefit someone somewhere. Most people feel ashamed to share abt these habits, even when they are healed of it, but I know, that I have nothing to lose, only to gain if someone gets enriched by this some day.