Smoking is a marriage to a brand. A brand is ownership (to brand is to own). Break your bonds. Un-brand yourself. Dare to be disloyal for a day. Reclaim your smoking sovereignty: you are free to inhale any smoke you want. Dare to have an affair with a different brand. Change your brand to change your mind today. Buy a pack of something unfamiliar today and smoke it instead of your favorites.
Awareness-Building & Pattern-Interruption: Smoke Mindfully to Quit Mindfully
The goal is simple: take the next three months to awaken the smoking zombie. The daily objective is to try out the various awareness-building, pattern-interrupting smoking meditations. Approach these exercises as meditative play. Consider each exercise to be an investment in mindfulness. Smoke mindfully to quit mindfully. Feel free to reuse the exercises you like, but avoid developing favorites. Comfort, the cousin of habit, is counterproductive at this point. What we want is to muck up the mindlessness of the smoking process. So, change is the name of the game here. Keep your mind limber and your smoking hands guessing.
Adapted from Smoke-Free Smoke Break (Pavel Somov, Ph.D. & Marla Somova, Ph.D., New Harbinger Publications, 2012)