When we set out to choose a career, many of us will gravitate towards work that benefits society in some way. For some, it will involve selling a product or a service that improves people's lives. For others, a career will involve working directly with the public, such as diagnosing their illness or helping them increase their fitness level. In whichever career we end up, we hope that the daily tasks will hold some meaning for us. Otherwise, we will stagnate and eventually change to another type of work. This is just what we do. We seek different experiences.
Meditation and Quitting Smoking
We were thinking about how that element of choice, or when we gravitate towards conditions that make us happy, relates to quitting smoking. We want to blog today about the benefits of meditation for a smoker's wellness and quality of life, especially in terms of how this activity helps us reach our unconscious mind. That's because we believe that quitting smoking can truly change your life.
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What is Your Unconscious Mind?
This discussion is hard to frame without a context. We thought it would be helpful here to define what we mean by the unconscious mind. This is that part of yourself that you may listen to sometimes, but it also has so many dimensions that you don't know. There are many processes that go on in your mind that you aren't aware of, but these really affect how you think on a daily basis. There was a good discussion of this topic on the Harvard Health Blog, which revealed this insight:
"Today, most psychoanalysts and psychodynamically-oriented therapists do not think of the unconscious as a neuroanatomical structure. Rather, they use the term as shorthand to refer to a complex, but familiar, psychological phenomenon. That is, a good deal and perhaps most of mental life happens without our knowing much about it. Neuroscientists are clued into these processes too."
If we know that our unconscious mind is complex and that much of what it does will happen without our knowledge, then we must take steps to influence what it does. While that seems simple enough, it really isn't. For example, your goal could be to quit smoking, but achieving your goal could be difficult because you run up against so many obstacles.
Why Use Meditation to Access the Unconscious Mind
Meditation and Quitting Smoking go hand in hand. We recommend that people adopt mind healing habits that will help them reach their goals, especially to stop putting those toxic chemicals in their body when they smoke cigarettes. Use daily meditation to focuson what's important to you in both your conscious and unconscious minds. For example, you could wake up in the morning and meditate under a hot shower or lie down in bed and relax your mind. Take time to focus on how you will quit smoking. Take deep breaths and exhale. Consider the things that you must avoid, but especially daily triggers that make you want to smoke. This could look like doing positive things to take your mind off of those triggers (whether you prefer exercising, hanging out with positive people, or cooking better meals). Plan a vacation or go out to listen to your favorite band. Choose activities to replace smoking where there won't be many smokers lighting up.
We want readers to understand how to achieve a better quality of life through smoking cessation. Daily meditation is a proven tool for reaching this goal. Mainly, meditation helps the mind and body to relax. It also helps you to block negative thoughts that distract you from reaching your goal of cessation.