A is for Apple

Wake Up, week 3 of 25

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‘A is for apple’ is something we learn from an early age. When we first hear this it focusses our mind. As we grow, we learn and whilst learning our mind is active and while it’s active and thinking and learning there is no place for autopilot. Wake Up is all about removing autopilot as much as possible. So my first challenge is for you to pick something you do every day, like make a cup of tea or have a shower or something as simple as eating an apple and at the same time stave off autopilot.

If it’s an apple you’re eating first look at the wonderful colours of its skin, feel its texture, how does it feel in the palm of your hand? Hear the noise it makes when you run your fingers over it, breath in its aroma. Take a bite and think about every crunch, every mouthful, every swallow and every breath. Just focus on the apple and its relationship to you.

If apples aren’t your thing try making a cup of tea or something else. But do it with the same mindfulness. Afterwards see if bad boy autopilot has stayed out of your life a little bit longer than usual.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.


Mark Cuddy

Someone who learned to wake up