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January 12, 2015
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Building Self Esteem with Mindfulness & Affirmations

This worksheet is a simple practice designed to draw our attention towards all that is wonderful about who we really are. For many, low self esteem weighs heavily, and so shifting gears to consider our innate beauty is one way of easing the self-judging voice in the mind. Both mindfulness practice and the use of affirmations for self esteem can enhance our sense of self love, worthiness, and acceptance.

Learning to Love Ourselves

Learning to love ourselves is a process of unlearning the limiting stories of the mind and relearning the truth that we are innately wonderful and worthy exactly as we are. This process can take some time, but as we develop new insights and tools to help us see ourselves for what we really are, it is indeed possible to develop a peaceful and nourishing relationship with ourselves. This is a part of building self esteem to healthy levels.

In addition to the mindfulness worksheet included here, we might consider practices that will help us to harness the powers of self love and acceptance. Some of the compassion-based exercises you might consider include:

Affirmations for Self Esteem

We often experience low self esteem due to limiting beliefs that were programmed into our mental frameworks when we were young. One way to help reprogram the mind in inspired and uplifting ways that help with building self esteem is through the use of affirmations. Some affirmations for self esteem that might be explored include:

  • I love myself unconditionally.
  • I am enough as I am.
  • I am confident and radiant.
  • I speak loving words to myself.
  • I believe in myself.
  • I am my own best friend.
  • I let go of self-judgment with ease.

You can use these affirmations for self esteem before bed, during meditation, or at any point during the day when you notice your mind is entrapped in negative self-talk. Take a few deep breaths to ground yourself and then repeat any affirmation that resonates with you until you feel a lightness in your being.

About the author 

Sean Fargo

Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]