Here are the other 3 tips I use to take myself off autopilot, if you missed part 1 of this blog or want to revisit it, you can read it here.
4. When feeling heady or ungrounded I focus on my feet.
When walking I feel the ground under my feet. And when sitting or lying down I put all my awareness in my feet.
What is it like to really live in your feet?
Try it and see, it feels good and I love how quickly this grounds me into my body
5. When overwhelmed I focus on my center.
What I call my center is the 2nd chakra which is a few inches below the belly button. When I first started connecting to this area I could barely feel a difference, I wasn’t even sure I had a center. What’s this whole center thing people are talking about?
But I kept at it and slowly started to get it. What’s interesting is that friends that are strongly energetically sensitive would notice a huge difference when I first started shifting into this space, even though for me it felt very subtle at the time.
I’ve found a precious & spacious peacefulness in this area that continues to grow every time I put my awareness there.
6. I interrupt negative thought streams.
I do this by asking “Why am I thinking this way?”. The intention is to ask from a space of genuine openness, not out of a complaint or an accusing voice.
When I ask a question, it’s not even about getting an answer. Sometimes an answer shows up in an obvious way, but often it doesn’t. It doesn’t matter so much to me because asking questions like this opens me up. I’m no longer inside the thoughts, I’m bigger than them. I’m not on mental autopilot anymore.
I usually don’t try to change my negative thoughts to positive thoughts. It’s my experience that thoughts are an outer symptom of something deeper. And if I spend all my energy on the level of symptoms then I cannot retrieve the learning and gifts life is trying to bring me.
With that said there have been times where I’ve used my mind as a supportive tool and I consciously direct my thoughts. But this always comes from an intuitive nudge, not a strategy to control or oppress something I’m judging in myself.
More about negative thoughts:
Even though my inner work has lead to a much more flexible and positive mental state, I still see the mind as naturally leaning a bit towards the negative. I think this is just the way the mind is. It is built for survival. So it’s job is to protect us from perceived danger.
Genuine joy and vibrant aliveness comes from the presence of our innermost being. That's the stuff it's made of.
Thank you for reading and if you try any of these for the first time let me know how it goes.
Or do you have tips of your own? What helps you come off autopilot and into your body?
I would love to know, share them here in the blog comments.
Leela Haris - Expanding Consciousness