How can this help with the stress? My food addiction? My IBS?
Great question! By cultivating an awareness of our moment-to-moment experience, rather than living in the past, or worrying about the future, we are “firing on all cylinders” and able to intentionally direct our focus on that which is observed in the present situation.
We are not occupied by a frightening or worrisome thought, but rather acknowledging our current state of being in a non-judgemental way. Our experiences/thoughts/emotions are neither good nor bad. They just are; and by being able to label them and “be” with them, rather than stuff them down with food, run away in fear, avoid, or whatever maladaptive coping strategy we may be using, mindfulness provides emotional healing over time and can be transferred across all domains of our life.