Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mental Cruise Control

Most of our day is based on habits and patterns, a virtual cruise control of the mind. In some aspects this is good, it creates a known path we can travel, the ability to not be on full alert and tax our energies and awareness until we hit stroke-level. The ability to do more than one thing at a time. But.

But what do we miss when we're cruising? The ability to appreciate small kindnesses, to adapt to change, to engage in the true conversation and not the one we think we're having.

Take the cruise control off. Change one thing today, take a walk for your break, stop typing on the computer when you answer your desk phone, look the person in the eye who is speaking to you.

Pull the car out of cruise control on the way home. Take a different route. Go slower.

Take a breath.

Be fully present in the moment.

Tell me what you see.