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50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem
Everyday Practices for Cultivating Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion
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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.

Publisher Reviews
  • 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem is a wonderful and accessible book. Janetti Marotta speaks on the heart of the matter in helping us experience greater wisdom and compassion. This book is a gift!”
    -Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide Open, and Calming the Rush of Panic

  • “With evident simplicity, Janetti Marotta explores the paradox of self-esteem using a Buddhist perspective. Your heart will be lifted!”
    -Gregory Sims, PhD, author of Treating Spiritual Disorders and cofounder of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Peace Psychology
  • “Those wanting to experience greater self-esteem and overall well-being will find this book invaluable. A big thank you to Janetti Marotta for capturing so clearly these timeless mindfulness teachings and practices. They have the potential of transforming the life of anyone who incorporates them as a lifestyle.”
    -Sharon Allen, senior mindfulness teacher at Insight Meditation South Bay
  • “Beautifully designed and written, easy to follow, and eminently practical. Let 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem serve as your hands-on toolbox for cultivating self-esteem.”
    -Adrienne Samuels, PhD, author of It Wasn't Alzheimer's, It Was MSG
  • “Janetti Marotta has gathered together a treasure trove of practical tools useful for anyone embarking on the development of mindfulness and self-discovery.”
    -Shaila Catherine, author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditator's Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity
  • “If you would like to meet someone truly worthy of your love, who has unlimited reservoirs of loving kindness and compassion to give you in return and who will never leave you as long as you are alive-these simple and sweet mindful steps will not fail you. Take your time, take these steps, and you will find the sweet lover you've always longed for in the least likely of places-in your own heart.”
    -Steve Flowers, MS, MFT, author of The Mindful Path through Shyness and coauthor of Living with Your Heart Wide Open
  • “What a wonderful, warm, compassionate read for those struggling to find self-acceptance. In 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem, Janetti Marotta has provided straight-forward direction for opening the heart to the essential nature of what it means to be human. Using the mindfulness teachings and exercises in this book, anyone can find their way to a sense of self that is whole and acceptable-as is. . Not only will I practice these steps myself, but I have already made plans to share this work with friends, family and clients alike. Thank you for this incredible guide to building self-esteem.”
    -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
  • “Many of today's health issues can be attributed to the stresses and anxieties of modern-day living. This book is enlightening and hones in on key insights to help improve one's well-being. Janetti Marotta's practical exercises help us all build a solid foundation based on ancient wisdom for living in a modern complex world.”
    -Bernice A. Stein, MD, physician of sports medicine and medical acupuncture
  • “Janetti Marotta has given us a well-written, heartfelt guide to mindfulness practices that enhance awareness and nurture self-esteem from the inside-out. I can enthusiastically recommend this book.”
    -Daniel Mandelbaum, MD, psychiatrist, Ukiah, CA
  • “Through 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem, Janetti Marotta gives readers the necessary tools to find the most fitting meditative practice for any frame of mind. The positive effects of mindfulness shape awareness for the present and give structure for future practices. This book is wonderful. What a joy to read!”
    -Robin Springer, LAc, owner of Essential Wellness, San Francisco, CA
  • “Most people are quite knowledgeable and well-versed when it comes to talking negatively about themselves and their personal qualities. What they are not so often able to do is to speak about-or see-themselves in a positive light. This book provides fifty ways to improve your self-esteem and make what is difficult a bit easier. . This book can benefit those who are seasoned, confident people already, or people who lack confidence in many aspects of their life.”
    -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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