Switching off the Autopilot

Have you ever found yourself suddenly at work, and can't remember how you got there? Or noticed that all the food on your plate has gone, but can't remember eating it? We sometimes find ourselves operating on autopilot.

Being on autopilot means that we are not engaged in what we are doing in the moment, and are therefore missing out on life as it is happening. Mindfulness acts as an antidote to this disengagement as it reminds us to pay attention to our everyday activities.

Try this. When you brush your teeth in the morning, make your morning cup of coffee, or commute to work, observe what is happening around you – what you can see, hear, smell and feel. Allow yourself to be fully aware of your senses in each moment, no matter how mundane. The ordinary moments may feel a little less, well, ordinary.