I am fully aware that I am a beginner meditator, and I hope I stay this way forever. I am filled with curiosity about the practice of meditation and its scientific effects on the mind.
I have been practicing a 20-minute breathing practice in silence when I acknowledge thoughts that arose and release them. I am intending to stay on course with this practice even after my 30-Day challenge is over. Today is day 28.
I am enjoying this journey as I am able to enforce self-discipline and control. Nothing permanent ever comes from a half-fast effort, and I am quite certain that I have been reaping the benefits from this daily realignment practice.
A little about my background, unfortunately, I am a smoker. I have been smoking cigarettes since I was 20 years old. In the beginning, it was more for socializing purposes since smoking was an acceptable social norm in the country where I was originated, Indonesia. But later in life, I started associating cigarette smoking with a way to overcome anxiety.
I have quit cigarette smoking in 2015 for one full year, and for whatever reason I fell back into the habit again. However, I am happy to announce that my recent meditation practice has played a huge part in my efforts to quit smoking.
Even tough, I sometimes still had the urge to smoke, it wasn’t so overwhelming as it used to be. I hope this lasts forever. It’s amazing how much of an anxiety anchor a stick of cigarette has been. I am aware of that now, and I choose to be free of everything that is emotionally enslaving.