Below is the last part of my interview with associate professor and author Michelle Lelwica, ThD. Michelle talks about the specific benefits of mindfulness, including how it helps us access our inner calm, how we can incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives and just how mindfulness helps to heal a negative body image.
Q: What are the other benefits of mindfulness practice?
A: For me, a major benefit of mindfulness practice is that it has helped me lower my center of gravity as a person so that I no longer live exclusively from my head. When I was a teenager with a full-blown eating disorder, I spent the vast majority of time in my head – counting calories, planning my next binge or starvation diet, comparing myself with other girls and women, fantasizing about the day I would finally be thin enough, etc. Thankfully, I no longer devote mental energy to that line of thinking.