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"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain

Mindfulness concepts focus on developing the cognitive ability to be present in the here-and-now moment without making emotional judgments; just observe here-and-now as thoughts come and go all on their own. This includes acceptance of the here-and-now by differentiating suffering (emotion) from pain (sensation). Most of our distressing thoughts are simply automatic and irrational thoughts called “cognitive distortions.” Mindfulness teaches you how to recognize thoughts as mental events and not facts. Thoughts are just thoughts: not ultimate truth or for that fact, not necessarily true at all! Examples of mindfulness techniques are meditation and breathing practices.