The previous parts of this series explored the relationship between mindful self-esteem and self-care through the foundational practices of mindfulness of the breath (Part I), mindfulness of the body (Part II), and mindfulness of thoughts (Part III). Part IV of this series focuses on mindfulness of emotions practices that cultivate compassion and the surrounding qualities of openness, equanimity, loving-kindness, gratitude, sympathetic joy, and generosity.
Emotions, like thoughts, come and go. In the embrace of compassion, you can take care of yourself and engage with the world not just for your own good, but for the good of others and all you encounter. 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.