Mindfulness, from a therapeutic, secular perspective is a conscious awareness of our present moment. This includes openness and non-judgment about the experience. It is often coupled with other types of therapy, such as Cognitive-based Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Mindfulness therapy is not focus solely on relaxation but that may result from the practices. The focus is on increasing our awareness of the thoughts, feelings, and actions that hinder our progress. When we are able to do that, we can engage with those aspects of ourselves, learn to tweak our language, and choose how to respond.