Mindfulness is paying attention to something
in a particular way,
in the present moment,
-Jon Kobat Zinn, 2003
Anxiety, trauma, and depression are often the result of the exact opposite of Mindfulness. We are often attempting to avoid the things we dislike. We distract, suppress, push away, wish away, or find something to help us escape (work, substance use, and other addictive behaviors).
Mindfulness is a practice that helps us to learn how to be with the things we LIKE as well as the things we DISLIKE. Life is full of ups and downs; Joys and sorrows, celebrations and disappointments, happiness and tragedy, having and losing. There is no way around it. Yes, some experiences are extremely more difficult than others, but until we learn to accept the bad and the good, we will continue to struggle and it will continue to have power over us.
Mindfulness is a practice to help us allow, accept, and therefore, respond differently to a person, situation, memory, thought, or emotion. Enough of beating ourselves up with guilt, shame, judgment, or fear. Self-acceptance and compassion is the key to truly letting things go and being your true self.