The Transformative Potential of Mindfulness for Self-Esteem

December 5, 2023 Sean Gunderson

In my life's journey, which includes nearly two decades of mindfulness practice, I have unearthed a profound connection between a mindfulness practice that creates increased mental control and the augmentation of self-esteem. This realization has been transformative, shaping the way that I perceive myself and my role in the broader tapestry of society. There is a huge potential for mindfulness to improve one's self-esteem.

Mindfulness as a Way of Life Affects Self-Esteem

Mindfulness, for me, is not merely a technique but rather a way of life. It is an ongoing exploration of the present moment. As I carve out spaces in my daily routine for mindfulness, I find solace in the simple act of being fully present. The ability to immerse myself in the current moment offers a sanctuary where I can momentarily escape the cacophony of life's demands. In these moments, I discover a profound sense of peace, a respite from the anxieties that may otherwise erode my self-esteem. 

Beyond the tranquility it provides, mindfulness grants me increased control over my thoughts. This mental sovereignty is a powerful tool in the construction of a positive self-image. When faced with self-doubt or moments of introspective challenge, I leverage this newfound control to remind myself of my inherent value, especially as a person with lived experience. The ability to direct my thinking allows me to discard detrimental narratives and replace them with affirmations of self-worth. 

The Potential of Mindfulness to Help Self-Esteem

In the realm of self-esteem, mindful moments act as a guiding light, illuminating the importance of realizing one's contributions, no matter how humble. Through the lens of heightened mental control, I've learned to appreciate the significance of my actions, however modest they may seem. The smallest gestures, when viewed mindfully, take on a new significance. They become threads woven into the fabric of societal contribution. 

Mindfulness has become my anchor in navigating life's complexities. It has granted me the capacity to appreciate my unique qualities and strengths, fostering a sense of self-love that transcends external validations. In the stillness of mindful moments, I have come to understand that my worth is not contingent upon grand achievements, but rather, I've found I have intrinsic value through mindful presence in a moment.

As I reflect on my journey with mindfulness, I am reminded that self-esteem is not a static state but rather a dynamic process. It evolves, matures, and deepens with each mindful breath. In this ongoing exploration of the Self, I have found empowerment. This manifests as an unwavering belief in my intrinsic value and an acknowledgment that my mindful presence in the world contributes meaningfully, no matter how quietly. Mindfulness, with its gift of increased mental control, has become my ally in the pursuit of a resilient and flourishing self-esteem. 

I encourage you to consider adding mindfulness practices to your wellness toolbox. If you already use mindfulness practices, consider this a friendly reminder of their transformative power.  

APA Reference
Gunderson, S. (2023, December 5). The Transformative Potential of Mindfulness for Self-Esteem, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 25 from

Author: Sean Gunderson

Sean Gunderson (they/them) has a wealth of lived experience with mental health issues and, after publishing their thesis, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Psychiatric Survivor: Exploring the Paradigm Shift in Mental Health," became an advocate for embracing the ongoing scientific paradigm shift in the field of mental health. Find Sean on Facebook, X (Twitter), LinkedIn, and their site

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