“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” -- Thích Nhất Hạnh
Mindfulness is the practice of being present. Mindfulness can be incorporated into counseling to help increase awareness, without judgement, and increase self-acceptance.
Mindfulness focuses on attending to the present environment, where we are, what we are doing, and how our body feels, without ascribing any judgement. It is training the mind to be fully engaged in the present moment, without judgment or distraction. Mindfulness teaches people to become more aware of their physical and emotional experiences while not focusing on any judgement or self-criticism about them, but just observing and accepting them as they are. Mindfulness practices can help with mood, attention, stress, and self-awareness.