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Last updated December, 2017.
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 - that person says/does "this," you usually say/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?
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