Mindfulness has become a sort-of “buzzword” for modern-day society with many people assuming it is either listening to “mindful music” or a variation of meditation, which those elements can definitely be incorporated but there is much more about mindfulness that gets brushed under the rug, per se. Practicing mindfulness in a way that fosters acceptance into our lives is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Acceptance is difficult especially when referring to anger, sadness, anxiety, and fear. Acceptance, though, is necessary because those emotions will just keep trying to push their way back into our lives in some way or another, usually not in a way that is consistent with who we want to be as people. Acceptance is not “giving up” or approving of a situation, acceptance is bringing awareness to what is happening through identifying, investigating, and inquiring what the emotion is trying to signal to us. The more we resist an emotion, the stronger it tries to get our attention. Emotions cannot last forever, naturally, they rise and fall – acceptance and leaning into it is a step towards learning to live with all the emotions and not letting emotions control us.