Our lack of confidence is often caused by a constant stream of negative thoughts. Behind that stream, comes our identification with these thoughts. We hear and listen to our (mean) inner voice telling us that we are somehow unworthy, a “fraud”. We assume that we are that voice.
Mindfulness helps by removing our barriers to confidence. The practice of mindfulness puts space between ourselves and our thoughts. We learn to stand back and observe thoughts, non-judgmentally, as they come and go. A commonly used analogy would be to watch our thoughts in the same way we would watch clouds move across the sky.
Similarly, the practice of mindfulness puts a space between us and our emotions. In a mindful state, we stop identifying with our emotions. This means that while we still own our emotions, we learn to choose which emotions to give free rein to and which ones to step back from.
When the stream of negative thoughts streams diminishes, your self-confidence and self-esteem grows.
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