Last updated October, 2018.
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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.
When you live on autopilot, this process (from thought to action) is a conditioned path - someone says or does "this," you usually say or do "that."
Put another way, we spend much of our day "lost in thought," and - as a result - our decisions, actions, and reactions are usually dictated by them. Short tempers, bad habits, stress and anxiety: all of these are symptoms of being caught up in our minds and living on autopilot.
But, they are only symptoms. And, if you focus on treating them, other symptoms will take their place because you aren't addressing the root cause.
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? We have a free guide that will help get you started - no email required, just go read it.
Stop dealing with the symptoms.
Stress, anxiety, self-confidence issues, the inability to stop bad habits, problems with sleep and focus, and on and on and on.
These and the other things we struggle with every day are only symptoms.
The good news is, they all share the same root cause. The bad news is, if you don't address that root cause, the symptoms will keep coming back no matter what you do.
That's why we wrote "An owner's guide to the mind." For almost 20 years, people have been using it to address the root cause of their daily struggles.
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