Episode 44: Increased Negative Thoughts in Trauma Healing - What does it mean and how to stop it

Episode Description:

This episode originally aired on YouTube.

We have up to about 60,000 thoughts per day. Most of us are aware of only a tiny fraction of what those thoughts are. However, these thoughts affect how we feel, what we do, and ultimately, work to reinforce what we believe about who we are.

The more unaware we are of these thoughts, the more they reinforce our core (false) beliefs.

As people begin the healing journey they often believe that it is making things worse because they begin to notice all the negative, even shameful or hateful, things they think. They notice all the reminders they hold onto as “proof” of these beliefs.

Unfortunately, this can often lead people to abandon their healing journey, thinking it will never get better.

In today’s episode, I talk about an important thing to consider if you ever find yourself feeling this way and how noticing these thoughts can actually lead to incredible awareness and healing. It is, in fact, an imperative part of the healing process.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Can you relate?

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This podcast is for informational purposes and is not mental health advice nor a replacement for professional mental health treatment.

Episode Notes:

  • Peggy discusses the amazing complexity of the human mind and its ability to protect us and sometimes lead us to believe untrue things.

  • This discussion was prompted by a comment on meditation causing excessive negative thoughts. She emphasizes that meditation and healing don't create more thoughts but make individuals more aware of their existing thoughts.

  • Peggy talks about the healing process, mentioning that becoming more aware during healing can lead to initially feeling worse, as it involves acknowledging and accepting hurt, pain, and reality.

  • She highlights the significance of being mindful and intentional in recognizing automatic negative thoughts, especially for childhood trauma survivors, as thoughts often reinforce false beliefs about being unworthy or undeserving.

  • Peggy encourages viewers to be present with their thoughts, even if challenging, as awareness provides an opportunity to confront, dismantle, and replace negative thoughts with the truth, fostering healing through acceptance of one's reality.

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