How To Let Go Of Thoughts That Are Not Positive

How can you let go of unwanted thoughts that you make an effort to resist?

In meditation, we are taught to allow our thoughts presence but to not be distracted by them; rather to return our point of focus unto our breath or another object each time we become distracted. One question that many of us struggle with regardless of whether we are on our meditation cushion, or out in the world: How can we more easily let go of thoughts that do not serve us; and that we make an effort to resist?