Mindfulness is focused awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness lets us be fully conscious of a simple sensation like the warmth of sunlight or of the complex interplay between our thoughts and feelings.
By tuning in to mental processes, we are able to recognize that our thoughts are just thoughts; they don’t necessarily represent reality. We can observe them rather than being subject to them.
Mindfulness lets us absorb the richness of the moment instead of going through life with half of our attention on the past or future or our own mental chatter. The self-knowledge that comes from mindfulness lets us be more intentional in choosing priorities and actions that fit our life mission. * wisdomcommons.org
I simply cannot get enough of Mindfulness. There is so much to be said of this practice that I do not know where to even begin. I know I mention it often but it is something that truly can be life changing.
I want to state that even though mindfulness is a Buddhist based concept, it is not religion bound. Please do not believe that this amazing, life changing practice must be confined by the walls of religion. Just as Jesus’ kindness and compassion is not bound by the restrictions of a religion, neither is practicing mindfulness nor meditation.
I received a link from a fellow blogger Ben Naga to an article called The Fascinating Buddhist Approach to Low Self-Esteem. This article is brilliant and incorporates other Buddhist practices, aside from mindfulness, to help fix ones low self esteem issues. I am so grateful that Ben sent me this link as I am one who struggles greatly with low self esteem and I feel that this article can be beneficial to all.
~Individuals with defensive or low self-esteem typically focus on trying to prove themselves or impress others. They tend to use others for their own gain. Some act with arrogance and contempt towards others. They generally lack confidence in themselves ,often have doubts about their worth and acceptability, and hence are reluctant to take risks or expose themselves to failure. They frequently blame others for their shortcomings rather than take responsibility for their actions. NASE
So how do we fix self esteem issues??
**One of the main goals of Buddhist meditation is cultivating compassion and love, and several techniques focus on developing these qualities toward oneself.** If we want to cultivate compassion and love for others, doesn’t it make sense that we learn to cultivate these things for our “self” first? How can we truly give to others that of which we cannot give to ourselves?
The article describes a way in which a man is helped to direct warmth and compassion inwards…but it is a very tricky process because the “inner critic” or “committee” as I like to call it, starts in with its nonsense and gives its
bullshit kind reminders of why love and kindness is not deserved. But by meditation and “asking” the committee direct questions, this gentleman was able to get over this hurdle and begin to accept the compassion and kindness unto himself.
PLEASE read this short 2 page article called The Fascinating Buddhist Approach to Low Self-Esteem, bookmark it, and put it into practice for yourself. I am just beginning and it is a true eye opener for me. I am hoping this approach will help me to OWN the love and happiness that I deserve to have. This technique will help me to get that damn committee in my head to shut its hole… it will help me feel the compassion I have for others, for myself. ♥
Thank you Ben Naga… you are a wealth of information and inspiration. ♥