September 13, 2016
Yoga, Yoga Nidra
Today is a really significant day for me. Twelve years today I smoked my last cigarette ever. That might not seem significant to some, but I was no ordinary smoker. I was a ‘wake-up and reach for my pack of cigarettes’ type of smoker.
I looovvvved smoking. I loved the buzz it gave me. I loved how it kept me thin, really thin. And I loved the social aspect of hanging out with the ‘cool kids’ (at least that’s what we thought we were!).
Giving up was hands down the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. I cried for months because it felt like I had lost my best friend. My friend that accompanied me through all the highs and lows of life. I had to give up coffee and red wine too because the cravings they brought on for a cigarette were too strong.
To top it off I lived with a smoker at the time who was furious that I was giving up so he would blow smoke in my face as my mouth was literally watering and tears were streaming down my face. Yep, not a very good look!!!
But I was determined. And once I want something, there’s no stopping me. I wanted to quit because I couldn’t bear the thought of what I was doing to my skin and to my body.
So I soldiered on – not day by day, but hour by hour. I just tried to make it through one whole hour. At the top of every (waking!) hour I would do a few rounds of deep inhales and celebrate the victory. I’m serious – that is how addicted I was!! And every Friday marked one week so I would treat myself to a massage, a meal out or maybe a few hours curled up with my favourite magazine. Something to mark that day.
But I didn’t go cold turkey… I had two powerful weapons… One was yoga nidra. And the other was visualisation. I seriously couldn’t have done it without these two practices. They helped me to see myself living smoke-free, feel what that was like and know that it was a real possibility.
We can do extraordinary things with the power of our thoughts – and I would love to show you how. Watch this space… I have some exciting news coming up soon!
If you’re a smoker and are ready to go smoke free, I totally understand how hard it is. I’ve shared my top tips in this article I wrote a while back for the Elephant Journal. Stay strong, the rewards are so worth it!
How to Become a Successful Quitter.