Mindful Acceptance is the second core skill in Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET). Building on emotion awareness, mindful acceptance is the practice of nonjudgmental and non-reactively observing one’s emotional experience and allowing (accepting) each of the components of an emotion: thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges. Clients learn to tolerate a distressing emotion by learning to experience the emotion—and each of its components—without trying to alter it. Together, emotion awareness and mindful acceptance offer an alternative to emotion avoidance, giving clients concrete skills to practice in place of attempts to avoid or alter their emotional experience. experience.
Emotion Awareness and Mindful Acceptance form the foundation for Emotion Efficacy Therapy. Together, they position clients to identify the moment of choice—the space between an emotional trigger and a response—when they are able to choose how they respond to their pain. This also creates a "pause" that allows clients access to more possibility in the moment. Using Mindful Acceptance, clients can locate the moment of choice and choose to “surf” the emotion wave instead of reacting to it or acting on it.