With mindfulness, discomfort and pain become more manageable.
Mindfulness is creativity. The process of taking an interest in one's own moment-to-moment experience includes discovery and adventure. It asks you to take an honest and real look at your thoughts, experiences, sensations, judgments, complaints, anxieties, patterns, core beliefs and values.
Therapy encourages states of being alert and attentive to one's own internal life. It is important to note that this may cause discomfort and resistance. Just like with so many things in life, giving yourself time and patience is integral in the process of building your capacity to be mindful.
People usually find that being mindful is incredibly empowering because it offers freedom of choice. The goal of increased awareness is to expand the repertoire of responses a person has to the inevitable, provoking situations involved in daily life. Finding peace, despite the uncertainties of life, occurs as one is fully engaged in the present.
Mindfulness is a practice that can occur anywhere, anytime. For example, you can pay attention to your breathing anywhere, anytime. Mindful affirmations can help you come to the present moment. Try "breathing in, I am breathing in. Breathing out, I am breathing out." Being mindful asks you to bring your awareness to what is happening at that exact moment. When you do this until you are significantly less agitated and wound up, it helps you unstick from whatever past or future thing is freaking you out. You recognize and connect to what is truly with you at that moment. Try "I am sitting on a blue couch. I can see a green plant. I hear the cars outside." Connecting to what is literally taking place in the space you are in and able to access with all your senses, increases your sense of being in control and centered.