Guided Meditation: Challenging Negative Automatic Thoughts

The challenge of negative thoughts by Jem

Art by Jemma

Negative Automatic Thoughts are conscious or subconscious thoughts that occur in response to everyday events. So they can be trigged in us by a situation or in anticipation of a situation (usually because we don’t want to do something unpleasant!).

These thoughts are pretty much always negative, they pop up in our heads automatically and uninvited. We tend to construct them so that we end up feeling bad about ourselves, which then becomes self-sabotaging. They are believable because we can become stuck in this pattern of thinking, which is generally a result of a distorted perception of reality.

However, they can be challenged by looking at the available evidence surrounding these thoughts.

This is a guided meditation to challenge negative automatic thoughts by looking at them from a distance and reviewing the substance behind those thoughts. We also have a downloadable worksheet, should you wish to put pen to paper at any point in order to work on those negative automatic thoughts.

Here we have some pointers on how to meditate, plus some of our other guided meditations available.

Meditation practice can produce unwanted effects in people who might be more sensitive. We encourage anyone who is unsure about practising meditative techniques to seek appropriate professional support before experimenting with meditation.

If you have questions about this just reach out and ask. We’re happy to assist!

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Orginally posted July 15, 2022. This post has been updated to include a downloadable worksheet.

Published by Magenta School of Magick

We are a school for people who want to learn the 'philosophy and art of affecting change through (so far at least) unseen causes', also known as 'magick'.

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