As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
How do you respond to animosity? Even with the best intentions, you can still encounter hostility—the relative who is critical, the colleague vying for your job, the authority figure who is abusive, or the person who is downright vicious. If you perceive you are being attacked, you may get a temporary sense of satisfaction by lashing back. Instead, embody light and love. If someone is antagonizing you, don’t engage. Take a breath and ask yourself, “How can I respond with compassion?” If you experience real injustice, speak up and then let go. Holding hate will harm you. It can distract you from your purpose and literally drain your energy causing headaches, increased blood pressure and reduced immunity inviting in disease. Understand that hate is not innate; it is a learned emotion. The person showing acrimony has his or her own, often inherited, battles to fight. Send good vibrations to the situation. Tolerance and loving-kindness may take practice, but in the end we all win.
Until next time, remember–it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!
With Purpose & Power,
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