“How to Quit Smoking” = A Very Crummy Question!

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“Judge a man by his questions, rather than his answers.” Pierre Marc-Caston If you have been asking,  how can I quit smoking for many years and you are still smoking, that may suggest that the question itself is to blame. …

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The Happiness Experiment

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“People most often change their personal habits not because of health concerns or social pressure but rather because they are feeling good about themselves and want to feel still better.”       This was the conclusion from a Gallop Poll reported …

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Nicotine Addiction Is a Lie!

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       In my experience, the whole stop smoking industry, although with very good intentions by mostly very good people,  is doing a very louzy job helping people quit smoking, primarily because they (we) have been told that nicotine …

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Quitting Smoking and Phantom Pain

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     Was reading Donna Eden’s wonderful book, Energy Medicine, — Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality—and came across her discussiu9on of phantom pain. Most everybody’s familiar with the phenomenon: an amputee who has an “itchy” …

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How to Bring Heaven to Earth

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This is a little thought-experiment that just might change your life.

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Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong

A link to a very powerful short video on addiction

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Freedom from “I Need A Smoke”

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The thought, “I need a smoke,” is not as powerful as we tend to make it.

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Quitting Smoking is Not the Goal

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Smoking is an addiction of attention. To get free of smoking, we learn to master our attention.

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WARNING: About E-Mail Coaching

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Regardless of what your coach says, YOU are the “star,” out on the field. Good coach, bad coach, you can still win this game.

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Confessions of Love from a Stop Smoking Coach

You’re going to love your mom, whether she smokes or doesn’t smoke. So relax. Get over it. It’s a great planet we’ve come to!

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How to Stop Smoking: With or Without Chantix, Nicotine Patches, Hypnosis or Duct Tape

The tips, articles, essays, jokes, guffaws, double-dare ya wisdoms and insights that you will find on these pages come from thirty years of working with the smoking conundrum (smoking both tobacco and/or weed, marijuana.) The main tip: Relax, take a …

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How to Quit Smoking in 5 Easy Seconds with the Quick Love Practice (Prayer)

Step 1: Just be your ordinary self. Step 2: There is no step 2. So just repeat step one. Disciple: What is enlightenment? Zen Master Huang Po: “Your ordinary mind.” “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image …

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Dying for a Quit Date

“I probably won’t quit until the day I die,” one old Marine guy grunted during one of our classes. We were talking about setting quit dates. The old guy had tried to quit a “hundred times,” he said, and was …

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Your Smoking = Your Privacy?

One of the quirky challenges of helping people get free of the smoking habit is the intense privacy of this habit.  On occasion, at social gatherings, I’ve experienced a smoker’s immediate withdrawal and defensiveness if I’m introduced as a stop …

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I want to quit…don’t want to quit..want to quit…

In the “quitting season,” it’s useful to recognize that the mental and emotional energy for quitting–indeed, even interest in quitting–comes and goes, waxes and wanes. One day you’ll be very excited, passionate, determined to get the job done, to be …

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How to Quit Smoking: The Basic Physics 101

If you are addicted to smoking you have what might be called a “charge,” like an electrical energy charge, infusing and surrounding your smoking identity. As with any electrical charge, the” smoking identity charge” maintains its presence through a continual …

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One Minute Quit Smoking

A recent essay in The New York Times told about a fellow’s journey to freedom from a two-pack a day smoking habit. His friend had told him about a stop smoking program where he learned to “count to 60” whenever …

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How to Short Circuit the Smoking Habit

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When we want to quit smoking, at root we’re hoping for a little more “well-being.” This is natural. This same hope for well-being rises up in all other areas of our lives. Some of us want to be movie stars, …

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How to Stop Smoking in 15 Easy Years

Yay, it’s here! After threatening to write this book for many decades, How to Stop Smoking in 15 Easy Years— A Slacker’s Guide to Final Quitting arrived on my doorstep this week. Twenty copies! I’m tickled with this book. In …

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How to Quit Smoking: Three Secrets from a Stop Smoking Coach

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Here’s secret number one: How you quit smoking doesn’t make a lot of difference and actually isn’t that important. Most smokers want to believe that there must be some specific, particular official way to quit, but there isn’t. Smokers have …

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The Easiest Way to Quit Smoking

Okay folks, I’ve been away for a while— doing my day job (as a stop smoking coach!) I’m happy to report that I’ve recently cut back my hours there so I can spend more time here. Look for more regular, …

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Addiction and Non-Duality: How and Why to Space Out

Here’s Why to Space Out: • Addiction is always an addiction of attention. • Freedom is a freedom of attention. • Attention is love. • Attention in its natural state is space-like. (Unbounded love.) • Attention short-circuited, is planet like. …

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The Secret for Freedom from Cravings

Is it possible that the Ahh of that first puff might be a Portal to Freedom? Let’s say you’ve been wanting to quit, and you’ve actually been doing pretty good. But now, doggone it, the craving is so strong that …

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The Smoker Identity Is a Hitchhiker!

Let’s pretend that when you were younger, just for fun, and to have an adventure, you picked up a hitchhiker– the smoker identity. You were a brave, fun-loving soul! Ahh, youth! Naturally, when the hitchhiker first hopped in you asked, …

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A Craving is Like A Buzzing Bee

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      You ever get a bee in your bonnet? Or in your hat?  In your car?  All of sudden, you’re not thinking of anything, else, right? Everything in your life, except that bee, is immediately back burner. You need to …

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