Staving off Autopilot

Week 3 of 25 challenges

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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

Fiona Dolben

Acupuncturist, holistic therapist, content creator., Hemp Holisitics

I'm a single parent of ONE lovely lanky teenager.. I live in deepest rural Wales . My 'proper' job is in marketing and events but I am also a trained reflexologist, masseur and reiki giver (go figure!) I also look after my Mum who is in her late 80's, my dog Ted, my cat Black and my hens and dream is to have a small holding and offer people holidays in my teepee and maybe the odd therapy as you can see I am a mass of contradictions.... I like to walk, do yoga, eat salad and visit new places but I also like to drive fast, Feast ice lollies, vodka on Friday's with friends(, which leads to dancing in my kitchen) my coffee , and staying up late... I can be outgoing but also extremely shy so like the rest of you I am still trying to figure it out one day at a time...


Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
almost 5 years ago
I nearly cried reading that. I'm so glad you got so much out of it - YEAH-YEAH-YEAH!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
almost 5 years ago
loving that!!