50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem
About the Book
Sometimes we all need a little lift-something to put the bounce back in our step. If you are like many, you may struggle with self-confidence. You may also compare your successes and failures with those of others. If everything is going well in your life, this tactic may temporarily bolster your sense of self-worth. But what happens when things aren't going so well?
Based on the idea that true self-esteem is grounded in internal, rather than external factors, this book offers 50 easy-to-use mindfulness practices that will help you improve inner awareness and live a more fulfilled life without harsh self-judgment. Mindfulness can help you battle feelings of low self-worth by encouraging you to pay attention to your negative thoughts as they occur, accept them, and ultimately control of how you react to them.
The exercises in this pocket-sized book are intended to be simple, brief, and powerful. These are practices to settle into each morning, perhaps before your cup of tea or coffee, and which can be sprinkled throughout the day when you are at work, play, or home. To help you keep track of your thoughts, the book also includes journaling exercises that will help you discover what actions may have led to feelings of positivity or negativity.
By focusing on your own awareness and thought processes, you will begin to understand what factors cause you to feel bad about yourself, and honestly assess those factors without giving in to feelings of hopelessness. You will discover that true self-esteem has less to do with what the world is telling you, and has everything to do with what you tell yourself.
Books by Janetti Marotta
-Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, and Calming the Rush of Panic
-Gregory Sims, PhD, author of Treating Spiritual Disorders and cofounder of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Peace Psychology
-Sharon Allen, senior mindfulness teacher at Insight Meditation South Bay
-Adrienne Samuels, PhD, author of It Wasn't Alzheimer's, It Was MSG
-Shaila Catherine, author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity
-Steve Flowers, MS, MFT, author of The Mindful Path through Shyness and coauthor of Living with Your Heart Wide Open
-Robyn D. Walser, PhD, coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Learning ACT, and The Mindful Couple; associate director at the National Center for PTSD Dissemination and Training Division; and associate clinical professor at University of California, Berkeley
-Bernice A. Stein, MD, physician of sports medicine and medical acupuncture
-Daniel Mandelbaum, MD, psychiatrist, Ukiah, CA
-Robin Springer, LAc, owner of Essential Wellness, San Francisco, CA
-Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, author of The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Teens (MBSR-T)
“What a wonderful book! I was initially enthralled by the interesting chapter titles, but as I began to read became incredibly impressed with the specific, easy-to-understand, and practical nature of the fifty chapters. Janetti Marotta brings such a wealth of personal clinical experience to her writing that she has been able to integrate multiple philosophies and ideas from the ages into an effective, comprehensive, how-to book for anyone looking to improve their life. Her analogies and suggestions are eminently doable and, just like her, overwhelmingly gentle. This is a book for anyone and everyone who is struggling with life issues or just wants to improve their life with simple, everyday actions.”
-G. David Adamson, MD, director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California and the Fertility and Reproductive Health Institute, clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and associate clinical professor at U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine
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