I use prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with a Power Greater than myself asking only for knowledge of that Power’s will for me and the strength to carry it out.
I am learning that when I live right and act different I don’t have to smoke.
A nightly review allows me to better understand how I am living day by day.
1. Was I resentful?
2. Was I selfish?
3. Was I dishonest?
4. Was I afraid?
5. Do I owe an apology?
6. Have a kept something to myself that should be discussed with another person at once?
7. Was I kind to all?
8. Was I loving to all?
9. What could I have done better?
10. Was I thinking of myself most of the time?
11. Was I thinking of what I could do for others?
12. Was I thinking of what I could pack into the stream of life?
When I pray I ask a Power Greater than myself for help managing the things I cannot control. I greet the day, setting my intention with prayer. I ask for direction and not to be clouded by self-pity and unhealthy motives. I rely on inspiration and intuition to guide me. I need help and I am not afraid to ask the Universe for clarity and strength to find acceptance of what is.
When I meditate I listen for a Power Greater than myself to provide the serenity I need to deal with what is. Meditation jas become a tool that helps me sit through the uncomfortable and find peace to be present in the moment, regardless of situation or circumstance. I am open, mindful and receptive. Meditation has given me the power to pause- the ability to digest and respond to life rather that reacting to it.
This new way of life has little to do with not smoking and more to do with developing a new discipline that I was unable to manifest in my life on my own. When I make these practices routine, I find that my addiction falls from me. What once seemed impossible suddenly no longer is an issue.
When I stay connected I have a sustainable solution for my nicotine addiction and I am finally free.