Stop Living Your Life on Autopilot!

Sol_CSHave you ever driven from point A to point B and not really remembered the ride?  Or perhaps tuned out during a class or lecture then couldn’t remember how long you had been “out” for?  Yeah it happens to me all the time.  I used to think, “ Ah, no big deal, my mind just wanders sometimes.”  Then I realized that my mind wandered during most conversations, while reading, and anything else that wasn’t stimulating my interest.

This sounds like a victim less crime, right?  Think again.  When you really think about it, how much time are we spending thinking about the past or planning for the future?  It’s like every moment is a plan for the next.  But we are really missing out on what is happening this exact moment right now.

Recently, I started working on really being present in my life.  I was horrified when I thought of how many countless hours I have spent in la la land and not actually living my life.  As Oprah says,

“Breathe.  Let go.  And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

The past no longer exists and the future is not here so this very moment is the only one I am guaranteed.  In this moment I can create the feelings I want to live in forever.  In this moment I wake up and live.  In this moment I praise the life that I have been gifted.  Why have I been denying present moments their existence and put my energy into moments that don’t even exist?

Life is right here right now.

If you have read any of my previous posts you have heard me talk about living in what I like to call “autopilot.”  That means that I am not functioning from a conscious and aware level of being.  During autopilot I can’t be in tuned with my higher self or aligned with the Universe because I am not really here- my mind ‘s focus is on the past or on the future- places that are nonexistent.

If we deny the now our all, we are allowing the world to predict our lives and our future.  By not giving this moment our 100% we permit an energy other than our own, to call the shots. It is in the state of presence that miracles happen. You are more likely to shift your behavior to a more desirable one if you are fully aware of what is happening.

I have been conditioning my mind to live in the present by focusing on the task at hand.  It is all the little moments that make up a lifetime and the quality of the moments determine the richness of our lives.  I am practicing appreciating the little daily details of my life.

Daily routines often get over looked such as brushing your teeth, making a meal, tasks at work, etc.  We tend to praise certain moments more than others- we determine which moments require our full attention and tune out for the ones that don’t.  But the reality is that every moment is as good as the next. It is your responsibility as a being to make the best out of the now.

For example, some value every minute of their birthday and are fully present that day.  They give a special value to that day and on that day they are truly alive.  If we can see every second of our existence as a gift just as big as our birthday, we can feel alive for the rest of our lives.

I encourage you to really experience life- get into every moment and value it.  Be aware of your thoughts and let yourself be with you in the now.

So savor this magical life and see how your life is transformed.

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Lots of Love,

Sol Ballard

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1 Comment

  • quetoqua

    Reply Reply February 8, 2013

    uplifting. refreshing. stimulating.
    i don’t know about your other readers, but I would definitely love to see your posts on a daily basis!

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