What does it mean when we say "living on autopilot?"
It means we usually follow our minds wherever they lead, without much conscious intervention. Here's a simple example: someone says or does something, you have "X" thought, you feel "Y" emotion, and you take "Z" action.
On autopilot, the process from thought to action is a conditioned path - that person says/does "this," you usually do "that."
Put another way, we spend much of our day "lost in thought," and our decisions, actions, and reactions are influenced by that fact. Short tempers, bad habits, stress and anxiety - all of these are symptoms of being caught up in our minds.
But, they are only symptoms - if you focus on treating them, other symptoms will take their place because you aren't addressing the root cause (your mind).
That's why our problems don't stay gone long when we try to eliminate them by changing jobs, moving, getting a different partner, buying a new gadget, et cetera. They always find you because changing something external only brings temporary results (at best).
Mindfulness and meditation, however, address the root cause. Why not try for yourself this weekend?
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