It is not until attempting to bring mindfulness into my daily routines that I realized how often my mind is absent from my tasks. It is almost as if my body is on autopilot and my mind has its own agenda.
In much the same way I have automatic responses to thoughts and feelings that I am often unconscious of and move through with the same kind of absenteeism. When I bring mindfulness to even the most mundane activities not only do I find joy in simple tasks but I also find insight into my patterns of behavior and the thoughts that drive them.
Bringing my attention to one task at a time reminds me to slow down, be present, and find a sense of fulfillment in my daily life, but more importantly it gives me the pause needed to switch off the autopilot and take control of my responses and choices in a gentle and purposeful way.