Mindlessness, or going on autopilot, can result in missing the good things in life or ignoring important information about relationships or health.

The antidote is to practice to pay more careful attention to what is going on around you as well as inside of you.

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  • Allow your mind to wander and gently return awareness to your breath sensation.
  • Notice any tendency to be hard on yourself. See this kind of judgment and gently return awareness to your breath.
  • Embrace relaxation and being present with awareness.
  • Expect to notice more things, including more painful things.
  • Practice staying present. Stay open to all the possibilities in each situation.
  • Be careful not to try too hard. Experience life directly as it unfolds, paying careful and open-hearted attention.
  • Start a meeting with 2 minutes of silence, your attention focussed on your breath. Or take a few mindful breaths before starting your exercise routine.

    Bring your attention to your breath, or the feelings you encounter while washing dishes, eating a meal, walking a dog, etc.

    When you move from one activity to the next, bring your focus to your breath, or focus on one of your senses.

    Anytime you feel frustrated or confused, narrow your focus and return awareness to your breath.

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    • Trip over what you want to do. If you intend to do some yoga or to meditate, put your yoga mat or your meditation cushion in the middle of your floor.
    • Refresh your triggers regularly - add variety or make them funny so they stick with you longer.
    • Create new patterns. You could try a series of “If this, then that” messages to create easy reminders to shift into slow brain.
    4. Feel Your Breath

    Follow the sensations of your breath and try to focus on them. Be at peace with your breathing as it goes in and out. 

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