GUS (Giving Up Smoking) is a community support diary for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. We avoid discussion of political issues. If you are quitting or even thinking about quitting, please -- join us!Good morning, this is bsmechanic substituting for regular Saturday AM GUS diarist effervescent. My own particular stand-in feature has no yoga. Which might be a good thing. I am three days into my quit. Though I am using e-cigarettes to better de-elevate my nicotine level, my thinking isn't focused enough to lead any except the most basic yoga practices:
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Breathe in.Along with the most basic thought exercises:
If I had a cigarette, I would stop feeling (this way).
Bored: I don't feel like going out, staying in, playing music, or writing, and am not exactly sure what I want to do. Oh, wait. There is always one thing I want to do.
Vulnerable: This magic smoke shield really does the trick.
Deprived: With a pack of cigarettes nearby, I never need feel like I am lacking something.
Angry: Count to ten and take a deep breath. Just make sure there's cigarette smoke in it.
Disconnected: Because nothing says "hello, friend!" like mutual ignition of carcinogens.
Ordinary: Nowadays, it is the smoker who truly stands alone from the ... uh... pack.
If I didn't need a cigarette, I would start feeling this way:
Vulnerable Strong: Feeling capable of facing anything, now that I've beaten the nicotine urge into a corner. Deprived Enriched: No longer shackled to what I falsely describe as a "ritual," free to do a variety of other things. Angry Angry: OK... not much change here, except that the anger is less internalized. Disconnected Integrated: Better able to connect with healthy aspects of life and fellow living things. Ordinary Special: Nowadays, it is the former smoker who truly stands alone from the pack.
BSM's matinee of the week...
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)Directed by Drew Goddard, who co-wrote with long time associate Joss Whedon. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and a surprise cameo which I will not ruin for you. If you like a little thoughtful humor with your horror, then see this. Not quite as good a send-up of a genre as was Shaun of the Dead, but Goddard (who wrote Cloverfield) and Whedon are inventive, and come really close, 'cause it's fun, and they really do get it! It's the horror spoof that beats Scream with both lips taped shut.
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