Whatever you don’t want to do but do anyway, do with awareness. Whatever you don’t want to feel but feel anyway, feel with awareness. And finally, whatever you don’t want to think but think anyway, think with awareness. When you “get it” for real you’ll probably have had enough of whatever it is you don’t want anymore.
The awareness of having had enough comes with the breathing. Take a few deep breaths during the moment, relax, be aware, and let whatever it is pass. Repeat this as many times as you need, and if it doesn’t feel bad, then you might consider not stopping what you thought you should stop. If it takes time, let it take time. Just breathe.
For example, if you smoke and want to stop, smoke with awareness. Take the cigarette and look at it for a while, come to awareness of what it really is, see the tobacco, the filter, the paper. Smell it, then slowly light it while feeling it touch your lips, feeling it in your fingers. Taste the filter, then inhale deeply. Taste the smoke, feel it go down and fill your lungs, and release it. Look at the smoke coming from your mouth. Be aware, feel the smoke go down, and in, and up, and out. Feel your heart, your lungs, your throat, your teeth, tongue. Smell your fingers. Look at them. Look at your teeth. Really look. Feel, really feel.
Think about what the smoke does to you (and feel it). Think about what it does to the environment. If you don’t know how devastating the tobacco industry is, here are a few facts. Read them and breathe in awareness:
- 5,800,000,000,000 cigarettes are produced each year, through which smokers breathe at least 4800 identifiable compounds such as ammonia, methane, isoprene, butadiene, ethylene, formaldehyde, 3-vinylpyiridine, 23 other aliphatic amines, methanol, volatile ketones, acrolein, etc.
- 60 million trees are cut down each year in just one country (thus to smokers rob the earth inhabitants of oxygen too),
- child labor is prolific in the production process,
- 480,000 people die each year from smoking,
- the US alone spends $300 billion per year (including medical costs and loss of productivity due to death and second hand smoke)
Awareness is the best way to get healthy. If you still keep doing it, you probably didn’t want to stop in the first place.