Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help us live with greater calm, ease, and balance. When we practice mindfulness, we cultivate skills that are essential for human living: we learn to pay attention, calm down, and nurture joy. We make time for our own self-care in the middle of our busy days. In cultivating a practice of mindfulness, the individual learns to quiet the inner judge - accepting emotions and thoughts that would otherwise be ignored or suppressed. This process allows for the deeper recognition of the self.