Sessions 5 through 8 teach people how to deal with mood shifts in a mindful way. The role of acceptance in mindfulness practice is introduced in session 5. Participants learn how to notice thoughts and their impact on physical and emotional experiences, accept these thoughts and experiences, and use this information to develop a different relationship to thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations: "The core skill that the MBCT program aims to teach is the ability … to recognize and disengage from mind states characterized by self-perpetuating patterns of ruminative, negative thoughts…. In order to do this, participants have to learn how to disengage from one mode of mind and enter another, incompatible mode of mind…. This involves moving from a focus on content to a focus on process."