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Dealing With Negative Thoughts

Dealing With Negative Thoughts guided meditation script directly addresses the negative thoughts that pass through us. Its nature as passing, going. This helps to deepen one’s understanding of the transient nature of all thoughts.

No matter how much you try to think positive thoughts and be optimistic about the future, unpleasant thoughts will still arise.

You cannot avoid them, and there is no use in pretending they aren’t present.

Your mindfulness practice can help you approach these thoughts with curiosity.

As you build an understanding of your unpleasant thinking patterns, they will no longer hook you in so strongly.

You can learn to allow them to be present without letting them consume you.

This exercise is a practice in letting thoughts go so that you are better able to do it when negative thoughts arise.

Close the eyes and tune in to the points of contact in the body.

Dealing With Negative Thoughts

Feel yourself grounded and stable as you sit.

Breathe deeply, feeling the body supported by the chair or cushion.

Pay attention to the experience in your mind.

Notice any thoughts as they arise, and try to identify any emotions that go with them.

Pay special attention to negative thoughts, and note what you’re feeling or thinking.

Try to avoid the word negative, and instead identify each thought as sad, unpleasant, irritating, painful, or otherwise.

Continue for five minutes, noting any thoughts and their accompanying feelings.

Make impermanence the focus of this practice.

See each thought and acknowledge it as it passes.

Continue to note what you’re thinking about and how it feels, using noting phrases like “Coming, going” or “Arising, passing,” if you choose.

After five minutes, return to the body for a few deep breaths.

Remind yourself that thoughts come and go, and you have a choice in whether or not you believe each one.

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