States of Mind
What is the difference between auto-pilot and mindfulness? Put simply, auto-pilot is when we mindlessly go about our day. We are not in tune with our surroundings and are often distracted by endless thoughts. On the other hand, mindfulness is simply to ‘wake up’, gaining a sense of seeing everyone and everything from new perceptions. When we ‘wake up’, we gain vitality. When we ‘wake up’, we are in the Now.
How do we feel when we do activities in auto-pilot vs. when we do them mindfully? When we are in one state of mind over the other, how may we react to circumstances differently that are out of our control? How may we show up differently in our relationships with others as well as ourselves?. Answering these types of questions gives us the true essence between these two states of mind.
Because auto-pilot is our mind’s default mode, we must remind ourselves on a daily basis to be mindful. We can do this in many ways. For instance, if we find that our thoughts are in the past or future, we can interrupt those thoughts by pinching ourselves to bring us back to the Now. When we are in the company of others, we can give our undivided attention to them. When performing an activity that we do on a regular basis, we can perform it with a sense of child-like curiosity. We can even set an intention in the morning to be mindful during our day.
Just knowing that we have a choice between living in one state of mind over the other gives us a sense of freedom. The freedom to choose. It really comes down to how we want to ‘see’ our world, mindlessly absent or mindfully alert.
The choice is ours to make. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️