It happens only on the rarest of occasions. But every so often, one of my subscribers or readers or just some random person emails me and is just plain mean. Really mean. I get all hot under the collar and want to fire off a nasty email. But I stop. I know how easy it is to push Send. And I know that those words could come back to haunt me.
So I wait. I dwell in the meanness. I feel badly all day and night. I’m better the next day, but I haven’t forgotten the mean person.
Today’s Art Marketing Action is “Forgive Yourself.” But it’s also important to forgive the mean people you come across. Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee (and my yoga instructor) taught me how to do this. Instead of sending an email I’ll later regret, I opt to send “love and light” to the person who wrote the email. I do a short meditation and imagine that they are receiving my good wishes. I may do this several times in a day before I’m over it. I realize this sounds a little hokey, but try it. I don’t know why or how, but it works. It really works!
Send love and light to someone you need to forgive.
Here’s a nice article from Yoga Journal about forgiving yourself when the person you wronged won’t forgive you.