Understanding automatic pilot
We operate on automatic pilot most of the time, floating along in life from activity to activity, not really paying attention and one day it's all going to pass us by and we never really were truly present. We think the same thoughts, we react unnecessarily when things don't go as planned and we create stress in our minds and bodies. But the good news is that there is a way out of these habitual patterns.
Doing mode is what most of us operate from most of the times. We work, we have tasks to do, things to achieve, people to see and we do this mostly on automatic pilot, without really thinking about it all. We get to the end of the day and it has gone so quickly and we wonder why? Because we have been lost in our heads in this doing mode all day at such a fast pace. And we are beginning to realise that staying in your head space all day, without taking a break from it, can cause many health problems in the body and in the mind.
Being mode is when you connect with the present moment. You become aware of all your senses. You bring your head energy down to the heart, which is where the true 'you' lives, you become aware of your emotions and thoughts but without getting caught up in them. You accept things for what they are, rather than what you think they are, which is often based on past fears or future worries. You can step into this mode at any given moment, it doesn't require years of practice.
Combining being with doing
And once you learn how to 'be' more and 'do' less, you can combine the two, to create a more harmonious life. We all need to do things but you can come out of the automatic pilot of doing and embrace more of the being, and really start noticing what is going on around you. Life will flow in a more slower and smoother way, with less stress and less distractions from the external world and an increased ability to connect with your internal world.
How can we do this?
By learning to meditate, learning to live mindfully, learning to appreciate the simple things in life, learning to let go of past concerns and future worries and learning how to connect with the present moment.
A simple daily breath meditation is a great way to start. Your mind will start to quieten and your thoughts will slow down and you will begin to discover the beauty of just being, rather than doing everything on automatic pilot.
Message me for more information on meditation practice, which I now offer as a home visit.