Staving off Autopilot
Week 3 of 25 challenges
As our 3rd wake up challenge this year Mark asked us to take something we do every day and do it mindfully, to stave off autopilot that much longer. I decided it would be my drive to work. Often as I drive the half hour to work I drift off into a world of my own, I flick through the recesses of my ind, making lists of things I want to achieve that day. Depending on my mood I can either arrive in work as energised as Heather Small and humming ‘what have you done today to make you feel proud’ or sometimes if I’m sad I relive something bad in my life. Whatever, it is, it’s definitely on autopilot even though I’ve had some good ideas while driving it must be said.
So, today as I drove, I noticed the feel of the steering wheel against my hands, I noticed how the light shone on the dirt on the windscreen, I felt the car seat support my back and hold me in place. I put on a new cd, the first one I have purchased in a very long time, and as it came to track three, my breath caught in my throat and as Jack Black once said to Kate Winslet - Mr Guy Garvey had ‘picked only the good ones’ about the notes for this song and the perfect melody washed over me. Mostly I noticed the sun shining through a cloud formation signalling the beginning of a new day and I thought about my Dad and how he didn’t want to waste any day and as then I saw some horses in a field to the right of me as I waited at a traffic lights. I felt like a joyous feeling coming over me. How magical these beautiful creatures looked. I felt like I had had some kind of ‘experience’ this morning instead of just my usual morning commute to work. I would recommend this to add something to your day. Love and light fi x