Sad, I know.
At any rate, this tip is technically a visualization, not a meditation. That doesn't necessarily mean anything since y'all know how I like to bend the rules with these things. I'm just sayin'.
Yeah, me too.
I once shared with my BFF that when this happens, it helps me to picture a hand picking up the person or situation (as if a scene in a shoebox) which might be inconveniently occupying my mind. Then I watch the hand carry it far away.
For example... when my boss at a previous job
Instant stress relief. Ahhhhh.
There's also the quantum theory: "What you resist persists." This says that the more you focus on something, the more of that thing you attract to into your life. Therefore, the worst part about obsessing over stressful thoughts isn't lack of sleep. Those mind treadmills are actually making the negative energy stronger and more prolific. Crazy, I know. But true.
Life can be stressful. Sometimes we have to be creative in order to get those brain synapses to stop firing in repetitive, non-productive ways.
The other visualization which may sound gross but also works really well is to picture flushing especially negative thoughts down the toilet.
Buh-bye crappy thoughts! *pun intended*
LET GO AND GROW!