This question was submitted via our Ask a TMS Therapist program. To submit your question, click here. Question For the past month, I have been really getting into the practice of mindfulness. This includes sitting and focusing on my breathing while observing the symptoms without engaging or responding to them with fear. I have noticed that mindfulness practitioners encourage daily mindfulness: both the formal practice of sitting and meditating, and the informal practice of being mindful throughout your daily activities. Being mindful involves being in a state of non-judgmental, non-striving present awareness throughout the day. But as I'm reading through a book and other materials on mindfulness, there seems to be a big emphasis on continuing to be mindful of how you're feeling throughout the day. The practice seems to place a large focus on constantly being aware of your body (while not attaching negative meaning to any uncomfortable symptoms you may be experiencing). I am wondering whether this mindfulness practice is keeping me focused on my symptoms in a negative way. When I first recovered from my symptoms 2 years ago in college, I was so busy that I didn't have any time to dwell on my symptoms -- eventually, I didn't even notice when they went away. But with this mindfulness practice, I am constantly aware and thinking about how my symptoms are feeling. I'll go about my day monitoring them but reminding myself "This is just stress, it will get better, don't react, observe them for what they are." When I recovered in college, I never meditated. Now, I am meditating twice a day, 30 minutes each time. I am wondering whether my intentionally being mindful is actually keeping me more focused on my symptoms (which is, I think, the opposite of what the practice is supposed to help me achieve)? I find that I still observe and care about my symptoms very much. But when I intentionally set aside time throughout the day to sit and meditate, it undeniably puts me in a position where I am forced to "be with" my symptoms, and therefore think about them (since they are so strong). Could this possibly impede my recovery by preventing me from being active all the time in order to get my mind off of, and even forget, about my symptoms?