Living on Autopilot ~ How to Stop just Enough of the Time

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A 5-minute stream of consciousness on autopilot living.

Living on autopilot means that you’re not making conscious choices about key elements of your life. If you’re not making conscious choices, what are you doing? Living on autopilot!

Living on autopilot means that your subconscious mind is in charge. This is not a bad thing. In fact, there is no way to live without being on autopilot a significant portion of the time. The subconscious mind plays a vital, directive role in all of our affairs.

Even when we’re pretty sure we’ve made a conscious decision, we haven’t. Research shows that when we think we’ve made a fully conscious decision, we are merely aware of the result (the choice) and did not consciously participate in the mechanics of the decision. The weighing of factors, processing of beliefs and values, assessment of upside and downside, and processing of imagery, sounds, and feelings all happened beneath the surface of awareness.

What does this mean?

It means you’d better be pretty respectful of your subconscious mind – and grateful. But it means something more than that. We can rightly scale back our expectations for how much we actually can live consciously and off autopilot.

Living on autopilot seems to be a requirement if you’re a human being. Given this, what are the options?

Become as mindfully aware as you can. Just participate in the process of your daily life, rather than react to this and that and then react to your reactions. Reduce the inner passivity to which you’ve become so accustomed.

How to Proceed

Practice a blend of mindfulness and NLP or Neuro-Linguistic Programming. To learn what NLP is, click here. Don’t expect to be mindfully present 100% of the time. Take mindful baby steps.


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