Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what's happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what's happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.
Mindfulness can play a big role in transforming our experience with pain and other difficulties; it allows us to recognize the authenticity of the distress and yet not be overwhelmed by it.
Mindfulness is the foundation of all of the DBT skills, and this is an intensive 4-week course that is tailored toward the use of Mindfulness in the context of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). The foundation and roots of the practices go beyond this and can be helpful to anyone looking to learn and integrate mindfulness practices into their lives to find more peace, a sense of grounding, and to help cope with and moderate intense emotional reactions.
So many of our self-destructive behaviors come from a lack of awareness or a resistance toward our existing experience. We often also dwell on the past or having anxious, fearful thoughts about the future. Mindfulness helps us, through practical skills and experiential exercises, to learn to take hold of our mind. This is the beginning step toward wellness.