A subscriber to my blog recently asked me the following,
This is a great question and one that many of you can probably relate to. Dealing with negativity from others can be extremely difficult, even more so when it involves a family member.
The answer is presence, compassion, and love.
Often, people are negative because they are in psychological and/or emotional pain. Trying to persuade or coax them out of their negative state can sometimes create more negativity.
I recommend the following…
In becoming present, your ego is taken out of the equation. This will make it easier for you to see their negativity objectively. It will also assist you in not being offended or at risk of taking personally what they are saying. If you find your ego wanting to engage, simply focus on your breathing and rejoin the present.
They may not realize you are...