I smoked my final cigarette today.
Not just the last one in the pack. The last cigarette of my life! I made sure to enjoy it. I sat on a rock by the library and just inhaled, exhaled, watched the smoke circle and dance and the ash flutter in the wind. As health damaging habits go - it was lovely.
I'm working with the recent recognition that my emotions reside in my body. I need to check in with my body to perceive what I'm feeling and where it is in my body. Smoking masks some of that, robbing me not only of physical vitality but emotional vitality as well. I'm bored, sad, tired, stressed, angry, I need to smoke - no! I need to sit with the feeling a minute. Locate it in my body. Jot it down. Carry it gently. Notice if it brings any other news with it.
Some people smoke to lose weight or maintain a slender size. But I wonder if quitting smoking might help in my efforts to lose weight. I'm an emotional eater, just like I'm an emotional smoker, which means I use these devices of food and cigarettes to not feel what I'm feeling. Maybe eliminating one of these methods can start to open me up to how I feel and I can find some other way/s to experience and express the emotions. It's going to take vigilance and some sort of strategy, new tools and practices, habits and behaviors to live in my body and in my feelings. (Thank goodness there's a therapy appointment scheduled for this week….)