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Many of us act on autopilot most of the time. This state of mind is not a part of our conscious selves. Being conscious involves being aware of not only ourselves, but the people around us and our surroundings. By simply making self-reflection a part of your everyday routine, you are on the right path to living a conscious life, far from auto-pilot.

First off, how do you know if you’re living life on auto-pilot? 

  • Predictable routine

  • You’re always “on,” busy and distracted

  • You feel like time flies and you are missing out


If you can relate to any of the above points, you have also undergone auto-pilot mode. This is a normal part of life, especially for those with busy schedules! But you have a choice to change it:


→ Expand your mind. Living on auto-pilot disengages us from our present and future. Our brains are lazy. When doing the routine such as driving or laundry, we don’t think of what we are doing because it is not as significant as some other life choices, such as career and finances. The biggest challenge is remaining both optimistic and realistic. The more conscious you are, the faster you will be able to assess where you are and what resources you need to get to your desired destination.


→ Understand your purpose. What do you love to do? What are your special abilities, talents, and skills? What matters the most to you?Stop and reflect. This is the fastest way to turn auto-pilot off. 


→ Go beyond your comfort zone. When living on auto-pilot, it becomes easy to not challenge ourselves to the mundane. Test your limits and bring new experiences to life.

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“When we get too caught up in the business of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves.”

Jack Kornfield

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