Just like a trolley schedule, humans like to make things simple, easy and predictable.
An all-too-common trap to being truly mindful and engaged is that your “mental autopilot” takes over huge parts of your awareness. I’m not here to give your “mental autopilot” a bad rap — you need it to survive — can you imagine having to remind yourself to breathe in, breathe out…
Yet, it’s all to easy and quick to put much of what you do each day into a predictable routine. Routines are easy “automate” and you ultimately take it — the skills, your awareness and maybe even the pleasure of doing — for granted… unless you continue to remind yourself to be mindfully aware. There are simple ways to remind yourself to stay out of autopilot, try making routines into games, play is a great way to enjoy the moment. Looking for the lessons in what just happened keeps you actively aware and allows you to discover new things.
However, when your ability to non-judgmentally observe is hindered through using your autopilot for too many things for too long, mindful awareness is lost.
Know that living mindfully does not overlook the future, nor live in the past — it transforms within each moment your hopes, dreams, your desires, your skills, your soul — to create clarity and focus on the present and to accept that the past can’t be changed and the future is still unknown.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely and in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming —-WOW—- WHAT A RIDE!” ~Author unknown ~ humor and wisdom greatly appreciated
Embrace your life is right now—make the most of what’s in front of you. Share with me in the comments section…
- How is our life now?
- What would you change if change were simple, easy and painless?