I feel we are driven by our memories.
Driven to repeat what has happened in the past.
Driven to recreate the feelings in those memories.
The associations are strong and silent.
We must execute the memory.
It's going to rain.
What am I thinking of?
Beef Stew in the slow cooker.
This is how our memories drive us. Thinking of smoking is sparked by our memories. We connect feelings from the past to the present to create continuity.
We are able to disconnect from smoking by making new memories that don't include smoking.
PS I didn't make the beef stew. I've learned I don't have to recreate every memory. (but I still make lasagna when the cheeses come on sale)