You probably know that meditation is an effective way to relax, but it can be used for many other purposes too when used correctly. If you’re trying to build your confidence, a daily mindfulness practice may help, as ell as assist in the development of self esteem.
Self-confidence is one of the most important ingredients for your happiness and success. It makes you feel more motivated and energetic. It helps you to reach your goals. It can even strengthen your relationships and enhance your health. Self confidence comes from an authentic knowing of self, while unconditionally loving oneself.
Do you want to feel more confident of yourself and your ability to face life’s challenges? If so, working on a meditative practice can help. Learn how to use meditation to build your self-esteem and confidence.
Using Meditation to Increase Your Awareness
Self-doubts can narrow your experiences and opportunities if you shy away from taking risks. Meditation creates a safe space for looking at yourself and your habits with honesty and courage. It allows the space to be able to forgive self, look at self, and ultimate love as well as acknowledge oneself.
Try these strategies for self confidence:
1.)Scan your body. Your posture affects your confidence. Start your meditation session by sitting up tall and taking deep breaths. Examine yourself from head to foot to spot any discomfort. Try squeezing your muscles and then releasing them. Also, scan and feel around for any emotions that may be stuck or stagnant. Scanning the body for areas of anxiety, fear, or sadness- then accepting these emotions instead of pushing them away can allow for the body to heal. As a response, self confidence ensues as the person begins to recognize what they have not processed and begins to get comfortable with themselves and heir stagnant emotion.
2.)Let go of judgements. Notice your thoughts and feelings without criticizing them. Embrace your strengths and weaknesses. We are all human. We all make mistakes. We all have troubles, trauma, and negative traits. It is a matter of owning these negative traits, accepting them, forgiving oneself for any and all incorrect perceptions as well as acceptance of self. A judgement is an extension of the ego. The egos job is to protect themselves from vulnerability. So when judgement shows up, we know it is just trying to protect itself from seeing itself.
3.)Challenge your assumptions. Do you cling to outdated beliefs that hold you back? Rewire your thinking by examining your typical reactions and considering more constructive approaches. It can be challenging to see these subconscious limiting beliefs, but if you do activities such as journaling or clinical hypnotherapy it can help to distinguish the limiting beliefs to be able to clear them successfully.
4.)Make conscious decisions. It’s easy to wind up drifting along on autopilot. Mindfulness practices help you to take charge of your life. Once you uncover the limiting beliefs, it is time to create the beliefs that you want to hold onto and create the life that you want to create. Limiting beliefs may have been passed down from generations or developed in childhood, however as an adult you are now able to decide which beliefs that you hold.
Using Meditation to Generate Compassion
You may be undermining your self-confidence without even realizing it. Paying attention to your thoughts gives you an opportunity to transform the way you treat yourself. Meditation can help you to slow down long enough to get fully present to what you are thinking as well as feeling. With this information you can choose if this works for you or not. If not you can use the following techniques to transform your self confidence.
These techniques can help you to be kind to yourself and boost your confidence:
1.)Change your self-talk. What does your internal chatter sound like? Replace harsh messages with friendlier feedback. Being present to what you tell yourself is key to beginning to love yourself. Talking to yourself in a positive manner, loving yourself, and supporting yourself through positive self talk can go a long way.
2.)Chant mantras. Reciting uplifting words and phrases is a proven way to stay focused during meditation. Write your own encouraging affirmations or find inspiration in scriptures and self-help books. In kundalini yoga, mantras such as Sat Nam can help to establish yourself. Sat Nam means truth is your identity and identity is your truth. This can cut through subconscious thought forms easily, effortlessly in the moment.
3.)Nurture yourself. Scheduling daily meditation time is a great way to start investing in your confidence and wellbeing. Make healthy eating, regular exercise, and restorative sleep part of your routine too. Choosing self love techniques and healthy lifestyle habits can allow for your self confidence to continue to expand. People that love themselves, nurture themselves.
4.)Seek support. Childhood memories and other influences can make it difficult to show compassion for yourself. Consider listening to guided meditations or talking with a therapist if you need more assistance. We practice various mind – body techniques such as NLP, Neurolinguistic Programming, Clinical Hypnotherapy, or Constellation Therapy to help transform difficult thoughts and feelings which can be holding you back from loving yourself.
Using Meditation to Accomplish More
True confidence comes from within and recognizing your achievements can give you a boost. Meditation teaches you to live more mindfully, and that can help you to excel in your personal and professional life. Meditation is like building a muscle of self confidence or self love.
Consider these tips:
1.)Slow down. The stress of rushing around can erode your confidence. You’ll probably accomplish more with less effort as meditation trains you to move more deliberately. Figure out your priorities and shorten your to do list. Take breaks throughout the day to prevent burnout. Many times when people rush around they are simply running from their emotions. Slowing down causes the to sit with and feel their emotions, which can create a lot of confusion especially if the person has limited skills in emotional intelligence.
2.)Express gratitude. Being thankful makes you feel more secure and connected to others. You’ll have the confidence to take worthwhile risks and try new things. Your warm and relaxed attitude will also make it easier to collaborate with others. Focusing on good things will often bring more good things, so a gratitude practice can be helpful in the healing process.
3.)Keep practicing. Change is usually a gradual process. Be patient with yourself as you build your confidence. Expect some setbacks and evaluate your progress on a regular basis. You’ll probably find that meditating is more productive on some days than others. You’re a success as long as you keep trying. Remember self healing is not a destination it is often a process.
4.)Create balance. Meditation helps you to look at the big picture. As you balance the various aspects of your life, your confidence and peace of mind increase. The more that you take care of yourself while also balancing the various demands that life has is a way to keep your self confidence and self care in check.
Meditation can make your confidence soar. When you love and appreciate yourself for who you are, your life becomes richer and more rewarding. Tune into one of our various meditations in self confidence, and if you are looking for mind body support please reach out for a consultation.