Often we do not allow ourselves to fully experience our emotions. Mindfulness helps us face our emotions and difficulties with greater ease. It helps us witness our thoughts, feelings and stories, rather than react to them. Through this increased awareness, you are able to bring greater clarity and compassion to your thoughts and feelings, so they have less and less control over you. In this way, mindfulness helps develop calmness, relaxation, compassion and insight. Cultivating self-compassion is helpful in healing emotional wounds and attachment wounds.