Mindful Self-Esteem and Self-Care: Breath Practices

Mindful Self-Esteem and Self-Care: Breath Practices

  • July 5, 2016

This series explores the relationship between mindful self-esteem and self-care and begins with a wonderful article by Deborah Zucker, a naturopathic physician and transformational health coach, who wrote the new book, The Vitality Map: A Guide to Deep Health, Joyful Self-Care, and Resilient Well-Being.

As opposed to focusing on what your inner critic is telling you what you “should” be doing to get healthy, Dr. Zucker suggests self-care as a “fundamental orientation toward the self that is rooted in kindness and compassion.” This health and wellness perspective compliments the essence of mindful self-esteem which too shifts direction from “outside-in” to “inside-out.” Rather than being externally focused by seeking conditional acceptance to gain others approval, mindful self-esteem emerges from cultivating qualities of self-acceptance and self-compassion.

We begin our journey with Dr. Zucker’s excerpt from The Vitality Map to understand how to take care of yourself to “live in your innate vitality and thriving health.” We then move to emotional well-being to explore how to cultivate mindful self-esteem as you hold yourself in unconditional love and acceptance through foundational self-care mindfulness of the breath practices. Each entry begins with an excerpt from my book, 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem: Everyday Practices for Cultivating Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion and is followed with an inquiry and practice.

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