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Smoker Finally Ready to Quit

27 Mar

We found this lovely note on our website from a very addicted ex-smoker. As an ex-smoker myself, who found it incredibly difficult to quit but finally did, I was especially gratified to read it.  And it speaks well to the point of readiness – most of the time, you need to be ready psychologically and emotionally ready (or scared to death) in order to succeed at this.
 
“I truly believe the smoking imagery (Stop Smoking) made the difference for me.  I have finally quit after years of addiction. I stopped and started, but this tape seemed to build my resolve in a gentle, respectful and non judgmental way, week after week, until finally I was less attracted to smoking and more attracted to health. How wonderful to be free at last from smoking!”

And this note from a man who is struggling to quit smoking. He reports that the imagery experience gave him an unexpected spiritual boost that will help keep him motivated and strong.

I just have to say that I found Belleruth''s stop smoking meditation tape just a day or two before I quit smoking. I can''t begin to describe the spiritual experience she facilitated for me, without which I could never succeed at this. There are miracles in your voice, Belleruth. There is so much kindness and gentleness and beauty. I am so moved by that tape: the Love of God for me really comes through. I just can not thank you enough!!! I really believe I will succeed!

Peter Jay


And this one from a 42 year smoker who beat the habit:

Dear BR,

I started smoking when I was 10 years old. Now, at 52, my voice is a smoker’s voice and the wrinkles on my face are a smoker’s wrinkles. I’d tried to quit 3 or 4 times before but just couldn’t stick with it. (My husband is a respiratory therapist, who had been after me to quit for decades.)

I don’t know if you remember, but you interviewed me when you were making the smoking tape, way back when. I helped you make the imagery, telling you about what it’s like to be hopelessly addicted. But I was not ready to use it myself until last year, when I was starting to develop some telltale symptoms of COPD.

Every day, 5 or 6 times a day, at the times I would normally take a break and smoke, I go walking with my Walkman and you! We walk and walk together, Belleruth. At home we hang out together too, especially after a meal or when I’m anxious or upset about something. On goes the headset.

Oddly enough, I’m okay without the cigarettes. I thought this would be impossible, but it’s not. You and I will be walking together for a while, BR., until I’m safely on the other side of this habit. Thanks.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award