Angel’s helped me to combat addiction.
When I was younger some family members smoked, they we not aware of the dangers of smoking as many are today. Growing up I was completely against smoking and it angered me that people would do that to their own bodies. In my early teens I tried smoking and hated it again , I could not see the point and became judgmental towards those that were addicted to nicotine or the allure of smoking.
During my later teenage years I would go out with friends all of whom smoked, this didn’t bother me too badly apart from smelling of tobacco on my nice new clothes when I returned home. They soon brought out the smoking ban in the UK which meant that it was no longer legal to smoke inside bars, nightclubs or any other indoor areas in the UK. At first I rejoiced at this notion as no longer would may clothes smell of nasty smoke! A few months of the smoking ban passed and I slowly started to notice that my friends would go outdoors for a cigarette, one became two and before I knew it they had been outdoors for 45 minutes while I remained indoors and stood watch other their coats and handbags. I no longer wanted to be the bag lady so on our next night out I went outside with them. I told them that I too was now a smoker and they would have to make other provisions if they wanted someone to look after their stuff.
I would have one maybe two or seven cigarettes on a night out. This social smoking turned into day time smoking and before I knew it I was a full blown smoker, I had become what I disliked and I hadn’t even realised it. Apart from the constant smell of cigarettes there were the extensive health risks of the chemicals I was putting inside my body; my risks of disease and damage to my body including cancers were significantly increased. My teeth were no longer white, and my skin and hair went from looking young and healthy to dull and lifeless, I also noticed I had put weight ON when I started smoking.
Not only were the medical disadvantages and physical disadvantages of smoking ruining me but I was constantly trying to save money to buy cigarettes, if I didn’t have the money I would ask to borrow it, it had become a full blown nicotine addiction after years and I wanted out.
I sat very calmly one evening and asked my Angel’s for help. I awoke the next day and managed a whole day without but then I crumbled and gave in to temptation. A few weeks later I tried again, and again I managed a day or two but fell at the first sign of stress.
I decided to really meditate and ask my Angel’s for clear instructions on how to quit smoking. I realised that yes, life will sometimes be stressful and I will want to smoke but I needed help to change my life. I sat in a quiet room and noticed my breathing. I closed my eyes and I asked Angel’s for real help, I asked them to help me in any way they could to help me to stop smoking. I have come to realise over time that Angel’s don’t always speak to us how we may imagine. Not everyone experiences the loud voice inside their mind or a crystal clear vision although these can sometimes happen. Other times you may feel encouraged to pick up a pen and write and this is how my Angel’s helped me. Once my meditation was over I felt guided to write four bullets point down that I knew would help me stop smoking.
1. Cut out any triggers that you associate with smoking until you quit
2. Next time you feel like you want to smoke have a short work out or go for a walk
3. Seek medical intervention if you are struggling and become agitated, irritated or physically upset.
4. Meditate weekly on your progress you are not doing this alone the universe is supporting you to do what is best for you.
I took this advice, I found out about what medical help available and I decided to use Patches to help stop me smoking, I used these roughly for about a week then I felt I no longer needed them. I also began to exercise whenever I felt like I wanted to smoke a cigarette, I noticed that I had started to lose the weight I had gained and I became fitter inside and in appearance! I also stopped drinking coffee and alcohol for a while and drank only water or green tea because I used to associate smoking with coffee and alcohol, not drinking them made it easier to not crave a cigarette. I slowly allowed myself to drink coffee and alcohol again but I found that I no longer enjoyed them as much which only added to my fitness levels. I went from consuming 12 cups of coffee per day (with 1 tsp of sugar) to 0 saving me 12 tsp of sugar per day! And all because I no longer wanted to smoke.
Giving up smoking had changed my fitness levels, I could taste food again and healthy foods suddenly become even more delicious. I could smell again, and the money I had saved from not smoking allowed me to buy new clothes and perfume that I would be able to enjoy far more than If I had still smoked.
I followed the advice I had felt from my Angel’s and I meditated weekly on how I was coping I sensed they were proud of me. But I was also able to discuss my fears and sadness about giving up smoking, after all I had once enjoyed it. My Angel’s gave me all the support and ideas I needed to quit but ultimately is was down to me, but they also gave me the ability to see my inner strength and test my will power to do the right thing for myself and my future family.
Through this experience I have learnt powerful lessons about me. I went from being a smoker hater, to a smoker, to an ex smoker, to understanding and empathising with those with an addiction whatever that may be. My own nicotine addiction and recovery from that gave me the ability to see things from another angle to see and the judgemental view I had before has long gone. I sometimes wonder if that was the plan all along and my Angel’s supported me through every decision I had taken and every lesson I had learnt.
I truly believe that quitting smoking would have been harder for me if I had not felt the presence of Angel’s the overwhelming support. The support I felt from them gave me the strength to do the right thing. And I know that even now if I ever felt the urge again that they would help me to help myself. I hope that through this short story of how I came to be a smoker and ex smoker that it may help someone somewhere who may be feeling trapped in the same situation. I also hope that it shows that my judgements of people who smoke have changed, I no longer condemn in my mind those that do I simply offer my assistance if wanted.
My smoking journey has been a liberating experience in many ways. I have learnt to be less judgemental of those who do things I do not understand, and I have learnt how to completely trust my Angels and have faith I can succeed no matter how difficult the challenge may seem. I have also come to understand and see the depths of my own will power and I realise through this experience I am more capable and stronger than I ever imagined myself to be. That is truly how my Angel’s have helped me, by helping me to see my own inner resources and to use them to help myself and hopefully in some ways others.
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