Mindfulness is a common word these days. Nevertheless, it is often misunderstood. Most people associate mindfulness with relaxation or focus. While these states can be felt while being mindful, mindfulness is actually an act of being with oneself as one is. Sometimes we are focused, sometimes we are not. Sometimes we feel relaxed, sometimes we do not. Sometimes we feel messy. Sometimes our thoughts are peaceful. Sometimes they are intrusive and overwhelming. The list goes on.
Mindfulness Therapy is focused on teaching and guiding the client to learn how to be with themselves and increase their capacity to tolerate themselves as they are. Being mindful is being alert and aware of our state and attempting to make friends with it versus needing it to change. This kind of mental commitment can be incredibly powerful and healing.