||Time to Give it Up
You are conditioning your mind and un-learning a strong habit. Give yourself time. If you are disciplined and do the following meditation daily, you will not fail in your endeavor.
In your mind’s eye, picture yourself going through your day. You wake up full of joy and excitement. You meet a friend who offers you a cigarette. Picture yourself looking at the cigarettes and then looking at your friend and saying, “No thank you, I don’t smoke.” Continue living through the motions of a typical day. Make it as real as possible. Go through the emotions as they come up and find the habitual emotion that triggers your desire for a cigarette. For example if you go for a cigarette every morning at 10am, what are you thinking before 10am? Visualize this. Then change the programming slightly. Reach in your bag or pocket, get your cigarettes and your lighter. Look at them and say, “I do not smoke and have no need or desire for these cigarettes.” Throw them away. Instead of having a cigarette at 10am, visualize yourself putting that time into chatting, caring and communicating positively with a colleague. Continue this exercise until you come to the end of the day. Every time you would normally have a cigarette, replace the desire with the thought, “I do not want a cigarette. I no longer need to smoke.”