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)
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