In the circle of life - begin again. So many times of trying and failing. Failure teaches you what doesn't work. So keep trying. Begin again. It's okay to quit, if you are quitting a bad habit. Research says that people who tried to quit smoking and fail have a much higher successes rate the second time they try to quit. So make up your mind and do it. As Wayne Dyer says in his most recent book, "Awakening" (that was published after his death) "It's not hard to quit smoking. Just don't put them in your mouth." And you have to admit that not putting a cigarette in your mouth is key to quitting. Your thinking patterns play an important role in this quest as well. When I knew I wanted to quit I picked the hardest trigger: being at a bar as my practice session. I would tell myself that I could have a cigarette when I got home. So the whole time I was at the bar I didn't smoke. I got used to being around people who smoked. And I got used to not lighting up a cigarette when everyone else did. That was over ten years ago. I don't miss breathing fire. And I'm glad to be rid of the nagging head game to go out and smoke. So I quit. I don't miss it. I begin my life again smoke free, every day. We begin our lives not smoking. This body is made mostly of water, lots of cells and an incredible potential. We all have the potential to be our highest self. It is a choice in every moment. Below is a poem that reminds me how to live with my God given talents and ways of being. It is from "A Return to Love" by Marianne Williamson (it's been attributed to Nelson Mandela but that is an internet error.) It is a testament for beginning again. Read this poem again and again until it gives you that inner strength to do what you are meant to do. You are born to begin this life, yet again and learn your lessons of life and love. Love, fail and love again. Begin again as many times as it takes. It is not in the falling down that is the defining moment but the way you rise. Rise again. Begin again.
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.