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What is the goal of mindfulness?

Sheri Van Dijk
Psychiatry
As you practice mindfulness, it's important to remember that you have no goal other than to spend more time in the present moment with acceptance. Mindfulness has a sense of nonstriving to it. In other words, when you're being mindful, you're really just being. You're allowing yourself to be in the moment, without wishing you were somewhere else, without trying to be anything else; you just are.

After learning about mindfulness, people often will say that they must be doing it wrong because it's "not working." If you find yourself evaluating your practice in this way, remind yourself that there is no right or wrong with mindfulness and that the only goal is bringing yourself back, again and again, to the present moment.
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