Smoke Mindfully to Quit Mindfully (Week 2)
Smoking is pyrotechnics: cigarette is a fuse, your lungs – a bomb of pleasure and worry. This week’s objective is to change how you set yourself on fire.
Get a new lighter, a lighter you wouldn’t intuitively use. For example, if you are into classy metal lighters, get a BIC with a NASCAR theme. If you like a minimalist, slick, urban look, get something really colorful or camouflaged. Show some behavioral plasticity, pick the wrong color of plastic – if you don’t like yellow, get yellow; if you like white, get black.
Bottom-line: undermine the seamless mindlessness of your lighting choices. Lay a charge of change. Startle the smoking zombie into an awakening. Change how you enlighten this smoking habit of yours.
Share your awareness-building/habit modifying experience at Smoke Breaker.
Pavel Somov, Ph.D., Marla Somova, Ph.D., “The Smoke-Free Smoke-Break: Stop Smoking with Mindfulness and Acceptance” (in press, New Harbinger Publications, fall 2011)
Somov, P. (2011). Smoke Mindfully to Quit Mindfully (Week 2). Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2010/12/smoke-mindfully-to-quit-mindfully-week-2/