Though you think it’s “you” who makes decisions, most of the time your behaviors are just hardwired patterns. These patterns become habits. When behaviors are habit, it means we are doing them without a second thought. The subconscious runs these habits for you, but it comes at a price. In this situation you miss out on choice. Only through mindfulness can you tune in and choose a different reaction in any given situation. If you don’t know if you’re running on autopilot ask these questions: Are you often lost in thought? Do you often feel regret over knee jerk emotional reactions? Do you feel desperate to do differently but fail to perform?
— Dr. Nicole LePera (aka the Holistic Psychologist)