Mindfulness simply means being aware and present in the moment. It entails being fully in the here and now, both with yourself and with everything around you, in a nonjudgmental and accepting way.
The goal of mindfulness based therapy is not just to teach mindfulness techniques, but to inspire people to live meaningful lives. Mindfulness training enhances awareness of the self by focusing on acceptance, which in turn cultivates insight. Mindfulness can substantially improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and irritability. It can also bring about long-term positive changes in attention, emotion regulation, mood and well-being.