Holistic stop smoking methods are highly effective for quitting smoking. Holistic stop smoking healing techniques are not so much centered around not smoking as they are focused on a seemingly wizardly manner of healing your physical, conscientious, and spiritual self. In the quest to battle your nicotine addition holistically, you will most certainly gain access to doors in your soul you didn’t even know you could open!
What are some of the first steps to stop smoking with holistic methods?
Cleansing Your Smoke Free Zone With Sage
Sage is thought – in some cultures – to ward off evil spirits, negative energies, and confining beliefs, the very mannerisms that control the will to smoke. Generally, there is an associated homeopathic gain to burning sage, as well, that provides a type of calming and soothing of the nerves. The scent can be rather strong at first, especially if you are not accustomed to cleansing with stalks of sage; and the lasting scent provides days of relaxing aroma.
Another benefit to sage is that it dominates every other odor, so you won’t be ‘offended’ by the smell of cigarettes that would otherwise be shocking to you once you were no longer smoking cigarettes.
Healing Your Body From Nicotine Addiction With Yoga!
Yoga is a method of holistic healing which has become increasingly popular in Western Civilization in recent years, and for great reasons! The holistic benefit Yoga offers your quit smoking mission is immense – not to mention the wealth of benefits you gain to your health in countless other ways. There are many resources for Yoga online and even through your cable or satellite provider! For now, though, here are a few common stretches that will get your blood flowing and start your body in a positive direction toward a holistic recovery from smoking cigarettes to feed your nicotine addiction.
Downward Facing Dog
Downward facing dog is the most basic position in Yoga. It is one of the most common starting positions, and it acts as a maneuvering position between a lot of other stretches and exercises. To perform a downward dog pose, you will start with your legs about shoulder width apart. Lean forward, bending at the waist and bending slightly at the knees if necessary. If this is the first time you are doing this pose, you may only be able to touch your fingertips to the floor while stretching time up outward, elongating your back. Try not to perform a type of dangling stretch in which you touch your toes, as this is quite different. Instead, imagine you are making a triangle with your body and the floor. A long-term goal is to be able to have your palms flat on the ground and your heals touching down completely. Breath deep and hold the pose for 15-30 seconds then begin to crawl forward for…
From downward facing dog, bring your upper body closer to the floor, lowering the rest of your body in succession like a snake – not quite to the floor, though, just parallel to it. When your body is fully extended, the only parts touching the ground should be your flat palms and your toes. Your body should be strait and close to the floor; your hand should be directly underneath your shoulders and your arms bent. Keeping your low to the ground pose, raise your head and gaze forward as you hold and breath. After 15-30 seconds, and push up to go into…
As you straiten out your arms and arch your back, drop your torso to the ground, extend your toes outward, and square your shoulders back as you take a deep breath. Take advantage of this deep stretch, pushing steadily down on your palms. Hold for 15-30 seconds then shift your weight to your knees, dragging your hands in front of you.
You could sit on your knees with your buttock cradled by your feet for a few moments of silent meditation or you could extend your arms out in front of you in a similar seated position but with your forehead to the floor. This is known as child’s pose. Sit quietly for a few moments, concentrating heavily on your breath.
During this time of meditation, try to visualize your disease as something very manageable like a box containing all the lies of your addiction: You need to smoke, you can’t afford to feel that way, you need a release from stress through nicotine, etc. Visualize your self defeating thoughts all becoming scrolls and being placed one by one in the box where they will be sealed away – far from you and no longer associated with your way of thinking.
There many more holistic methods to stop smoking and recover from other ailments, as well, that can’t possibly be covered in one article. If you are toying with the idea of replacing your addiction with a holistic approach to not only quit smoking, but to life in general, just think about all the attention and valuable time you wasted on keeping your nicotine addiction alive. Holistic healing techniques can help you stop smoking and live a more balanced life.
You can stop smoking! Smoking affects at least 40 million Americans, 25 million of whom are destined to die a horrible death if they do not conquer their addiction. You CAN quit smoking now! I know because I am a successful non-smoker. Nicotine is a real addiction and there is hope of beating it with the right tools and support. I would love to hear any questions or apprehensions about beating your smoking addiction.
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