Try free for 7 days.

Mindfulness.com
Meditation
See all Meditation

Browse

Top articles

How to Meditate: Meditation 101 for Beginners

10 Science-Backed Benefits of Meditation

What is Meditation?

Mindful LivingSleep
Community

Already have an account?

Sign in

00:00

00:00

The ABC Model

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

Hey, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In this session, we're going to discuss a cognitive reframing tool based in the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy that integrates nicely with the practice of mindfulness. It's called the ABC model. ABC is an acronym and it stands for activating event, A, belief, B and consequence, C. A B C, and these three things work in sequence.

We experience an activating event, which can be anything, but let's just say it's something painful, like a relationship breakup. We then have a belief about that event. Perhaps, of course, this would happen. I'm not lovable. And then that belief creates a consequence which could be sadness, isolating ourselves, or spending a week on the couch, eating potato chips.

Not that I've ever done that or anything. This motto can be applied to nearly any event in your life, bad or good. Something happens, we have a belief about what that means and that belief will condition a follow-up thought, an emotion or a behavior. What's key about this model is that we can't do much about the activating events. These are mostly out of our control and we can't do much about the consequence.

But what we can do is work with the belief about the activating event, which then changes the consequence. So as you go about your day, see if you can notice this ABC sequence arising for you. And if certain activating events are creating a consequence that's causing you more suffering, you can practice working with the belief, which may include noticing it with mindful awareness, not taking it so seriously, and then asking what might a different belief be and see how that impacts how you feel about yourself and the event. As always, thank you for your practice. I'll talk to you in the meditation.

Take care.

Cory Muscara

4.6

The ABC Model

Personalized support for learning how to integrate mindfulness into your life. Delivered fresh everyday by our world renowned experts. Choose meditation duration:

Duration

Your default time is based on your progress and is changed automatically as you practice.

Hey, welcome back to your Daily Mindfulness. In this session, we're going to discuss a cognitive reframing tool based in the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy that integrates nicely with the practice of mindfulness. It's called the ABC model. ABC is an acronym and it stands for activating event, A, belief, B and consequence, C. A B C, and these three things work in sequence.

We experience an activating event, which can be anything, but let's just say it's something painful, like a relationship breakup. We then have a belief about that event. Perhaps, of course, this would happen. I'm not lovable. And then that belief creates a consequence which could be sadness, isolating ourselves, or spending a week on the couch, eating potato chips.

Not that I've ever done that or anything. This motto can be applied to nearly any event in your life, bad or good. Something happens, we have a belief about what that means and that belief will condition a follow-up thought, an emotion or a behavior. What's key about this model is that we can't do much about the activating events. These are mostly out of our control and we can't do much about the consequence.

But what we can do is work with the belief about the activating event, which then changes the consequence. So as you go about your day, see if you can notice this ABC sequence arising for you. And if certain activating events are creating a consequence that's causing you more suffering, you can practice working with the belief, which may include noticing it with mindful awareness, not taking it so seriously, and then asking what might a different belief be and see how that impacts how you feel about yourself and the event. As always, thank you for your practice. I'll talk to you in the meditation.

Take care.

Cory Muscara

4.6

Duration

Play in-app

Scan the following QR code with your camera app to open it on our mobile app

Get Unlimited Access

Start your mindfulness journey today.

A Mindfulness Plus+ subscription gives you unlimited access to a world of premium mindfulness content.

  • Over 1,800 meditations, sleep, calm music, naturescapes and more
  • Daily mindfulness video meditations 365 days a year
  • 100s of courses and tools to help manage anxiety, sleep and stress

Email Missing

We couldn’t detect your email with the SSO provider you have selected.
or

Mindfulness Guarantee

We are here to make a positive impact on the world. We never want to sell you something that hasn’t helped you live a better life. That’s why if you’re unhappy with any purchase from us, you have 30 days to get a full refund and your money back.

If you subscribed to Mindfulness Plus+ and are unhappy with your purchase, please get in contact with us within the 30-day period and we’ll refund your purchase.


Learn more about our Mindfulness Guarantee.

Mindfulness

Bring balance into your everyday life.

We believe in a world where everybody has access to the life-changing skills of mindfulness.

  • 2,000+ Guided Meditations
  • Daily Coaching
  • Sleep Content
  • Mindful Exercises
  • Mindful Radio
  • 10+ Courses from world-class teachers

Private Browsing

Added to your cart!

Checkout

Thank you for joining us

Congratulations on your subscription! Dive into the full library and enjoy all it has to offer.

Claim your free access

Create a mindfulness account and we’ll unlock this premium session in your account forever.

or continue with
By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Do you already have an account?

Start a free trial to play this session

7-Days free trial, cancel anytime.

Finish personalizing your account

Complete a few quick questions to make your own personalized mindfulness plan.

Sign up or login to your mindfulness account to proceed.

or continue with
By continuing, you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy.

Do you already have an account?

Mindfulness

One membership to gain access to a world of premium mindfulness content created to help you live happier and stress less.

  • 2000+ Guided Meditations
  • Courses from world-class teachers
  • Resources for Stress + Anxiety
  • Breathing exercises, gratitude practices, relaxation techniques
  • Sleep meditations, playlists, stories
  • Mindful talks, podcasts, music, nature sounds