This morning I was making us a cup of tea. I like peppermint in the morning and Martyn has normal. Whilst I was making it I was in a dream world. I was thinking about the holiday that Noah and I went on to Padstow with my mum a few weeks ago. They were happy memories and they totally swept me away.
Before I knew it I had made two cups of peppermint tea. That is exactly what I would have done in Padstow, mum would have had the same as me. I was clearly a million miles away (well 300 at least!) and not focussed on the moment at all. We are all absent minded every now and then, but it got me thinking.
When my mind was in the depths of Cornwall and my body was making tea in Leicestershire, I was on autopilot. Research shows that we spend up to half our lives on autopilot, doing things without really being present in the moment.
It isn’t always bad to be on autopilot, sometimes it makes us take safety measures without having to think, perhaps turning your hair straighteners off or closing the safety gate on your stairs. In terms of making an unwanted cup of tea this morning it was not big deal either, I simply drank both!
What my morning mistake did for me was to snap me out of that state. I realised where my thoughts had gone and my attention came back to the moment. Although I was enjoying my little day dream I was pleased to be back in the present.
If we are constantly elsewhere rather than there in the moment we miss out on so many experiences that life has to offer. Noah was with me in the kitchen, I love having breakfast with him, i didn’t want to miss that. As soon as I noticed then Noah and I got on with a good chat and enjoyed each other’s company fully before work and pre school took over our time.
Mindfulness is a great way to become more present in the moment more of the time. Through meditation and brain training exercises you become able to recognise when you are on autopilot. You learn how to switch back on to the here and now more easily and sooner.
Come on a Revitalise day to learn the techniques you need to get you back in the real world and see how good it feels. The day is a mix of meditation and mindfulness exercises in a beautiful country farmhouse. The food is amazing and you will leave feeling totally revived.