Habits become autopilot when they are 1) in some way rewarding (increase pleasure or decrease pain) and 2) practiced repeatedly. There are four typical habits, which become apparent when we practice mindfulness. Can you identify your Mind Habits?
Knowing our particular mind habits helps us to monitor when we have moved from productive and helpful aspects, to the annoying and counter productive. Here is a brief description of each, and a skill to counter and redirect to the present moment.