Have you ever arrived at your destination and wondered how you got there?
Maybe after your daily commute or just a walk around the block - you turn the key to your front door, and suddenly you snap back and realize you’d been elsewhere?
This is called auto-pilot. It’s a state that we can fall into when we perform the same task many times; we can operate without awareness, without even thinking about what we’re doing.
That default mode setting is basically the opposite of mindfulness and can lead to a feeling of melancholy. If you notice yourself operating in a mindless state, there’s a specific meditation technique that can make a big impact on bringing back your awareness - the noting technique.