One of the primary concepts of zen practice is the concept of “non-attachment.” What is non-attachment, and how is it useful to someone who’s quitting smoking?
One of the most common reasons that people give for not wanting to quit smoking is that they don’t want to gain a lot of weight. And a lot of quitters relapse because they gained weight after they quit. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
As important as it is to have strong reasons to quit, it’s even more important to look at the reasons you came up with to keep smoking and realize that pretty much all of them are really just rationalizations.
There are many benefits to sitting as described in this blog, but as it relates to quitting, the most important may be the development of what Suzuki Roshi described as “imperturbable composure.”