The mind is often preoccupied with any number of fleeting thoughts or engrained stories. They pull attention away from the present moment and in the blink of an eye, you are operating within a trance. You can go through the motions missing everything along the way.
When you’re in automatic mode, you are not in a state of receptivity. You miss the opportunity for: joy, beauty, lightness, solution, and connection. It is only when you return to the present moment that possibility greets you once more.
This is the practice. Choose to return to your essence over and over again.