Why would people maintain negative self-evaluations when they result in a great degree of distress? What purpose do negative self-evaluations have? Do they help us solve our problems, or do they help us in some other way? It seems not.
Do you make shopping lists? Do you use your calendar for planning? Or do you otherwise tend to write down your thoughts? Good! Writing things down can help you become more mindful and consciously aware.
We like to compare ourselves to others (self-comparison). Are we good enough or are we falling behind? We constantly judge ourselves and our own worth. Objective evaluations, like grades in school, force us to be compared to others. But we should not judge ourselves from the
Thoughts are just products of our minds. They are a part of ourselves, but they do not define us. Our thoughts influence our behavior, but they do not control it. This idea is central to mindfulness.
This post describes four main components through which mindfulness meditation works. If you ever wondered why mindfulness is so effective in improving personal well-being, you might want to continue your reading.