Because of its empirically demonstrated effectiveness in helping patients work with difficult emotions, mindfulness training is one of the most prominent and widely used meditation techniques in therapeutic interventions today.
Mindfulness increases acceptance, a nonjudgmental and less guilt-ridden sense of emotion, and a recognition that emotions do not have to be controlled or suppressed but rather can be tolerated and experienced. Mindfulness training aims to foster a state of openness to experiencing emotions fully, in contact with the present moment, and without intense behavioral reactivity.
Mindfulness is a pathway for individuals to understand the internal workings of their mind. By focusing their attention, mindfulness allows the individual to be aware of the cognitive processes that trigger mood, behavior and action. It is the cultivation of internal awareness, a framework that allows for the exploration of one's inner life and the lives of others. The goal of mindfulness is to enable the individual to break away from the ingrained patterns of behavior and fixed emotional responses some individuals have a tendency to get stuck in. What's more, mindfulness creates cognitive autonomy through the re-appraisal of one's internal narrative and empowers the individual to be the author of his own story.