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Book Suggestions for Sef-Image

Discussion in 'Mind, Body & Spirit' started by m2244, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. m2244

    m2244 Member

    Mar 20, 2014
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    Hello Everyone,

    OK, here's the thing, I don't have a terrible self-image but it could be better, especially when I'm around groups of people. So I'm looking for books that will help put these weird, uncomfortable feelings I have about myself into perspective a bit.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks for the advice.
  2. GilesC

    GilesC Member

    Jan 4, 2009
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    Wow, that's a whole massive subject really.
    Whilst there are plenty of self-help books out there for improving confidence etc. I'd say you can't beat actually seeing a practitioner who has experience of helping people in these areas, but then which practitioner you see is likely to depend on what aspects of self-image you're feeling you have a problem with.

    For example, if you feel it relates to some emotional issues, you may see someone who specialises in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
    If the self-image relates to how you interact with others at work, for example, you may want to see someone who specialises in Life Coaching or NLP/Hypnotherapy techniques.
    If it relates to social interaction with friends it may be that you could try some guided meditation techniques, or EFT or Hypnotherapy etc.
    Lots of techniques available, lots of practitioners about, and I'd recommend you call some and speak to them, to gauge how much experience they have at dealing with your sort of issue, and what they recommend.

    Of course, meditation itself can be beneficial, just from the fact that it can bring about a greater awareness and allow us to become more 'present' in the moment, so rather than focusing on things that are not relevant for the Now, we can put our awareness on what we're doing, and the 'self image' thing becomes something just from the past learnt behaviour etc.

    You could also perhaps join in with some groups e.g. a buddhist meditation group or suchlike, where you can learn something new and everyone is in the same boat, focused on learning and trying to understand, and not there to judge each other, but rather to support each other.

    But, in answer to your question, I couldn't recommend any single book. I have many books, but it's a combination of all of them that would be needed.


  3. pollyanna

    pollyanna Moderator

    Dec 11, 2007
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    Hi m2244,

    here's something you could try - write down the weird, uncomfortable feelings you have about yourself (and I'm certain everyone who lives unconsciously instead of living in the conscious, present moment has many of these and more) and then re-write them into your own personal, positive affirmations :)

    You can then read them to yourself while you play Creative Flow or after meditating/first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

    I woke up this morning to one of the beautiful bonus tracks (Morning Gratitude) offered with the new sleep tracks - what a wonderful way to begin each day. And it's only 8 minutes. Here's a link if you would like to listen:-

    LifeFlow Sleep Easy Solution Sample

    It takes a little while to upload and the music plays a little while before you hear the words and I imagine this is so that it arouses you gently from your sleep instead of an alarm ;)

    I think the book by Eckhart Tolle "The Power of Now" has all the answers. I refer to it and re-read it often.

    I also love and highly recommend Og Mandino's

    "The Greatest Miracle in the World" & it's sequel "Return of the Ragpicker"
    These books had such an impact on me that I have worn a tiny pin with a small piece of old material attached to it inside my clothes for many years now.

    Hope this helps and wish you an abundance of peace and joy :) :) :)
  4. medflows

    medflows Member

    Apr 21, 2014
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    I have found meditation to be the best long term "fix" for a low self-image.
    Once you are in touch with who you truly are through meditation the old concept of you full of limitations and self-limiting belief just melts away. In my experience our self-image is a sum total of all what we have told ourselves in response to what people around us told us, media programming, past experinces etc. Meditation helps to go deeper into yourself and "see" that you are none of those ideas you impose on your own mind. You are an unlimited being limited by your own ideas about urself. Meditation puts you in touch with that "unlimited" inner you.

    Having said that, I have found the Sedona method to be a good help to let go of a limiting self-image. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is quiet helpful too.

    Hope that helps !!

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