In mindfulness work, the primary focus is learning to be fully at home in the present moment. Through mindfulness of the body, emotions, and thoughts, you can begin to accept life as it is and relate to yourself with more kindness and compassion. This leads to more clarity of mind from which meaningful change can occur. As Fritz Perls, the founder of Gestalt Therapy, believed, "awareness is curative." In my experience, healing goes beyond awareness and into realms like empowerment, choice, transformation, and solidarity with others. As we strengthen the ability to soften into this moment in our lives, no matter what it's bringing-- suffering, joy, grief, fear, confusion-- we also strengthen the courage to survive, move forward, and thrive.