Day 28

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.