Gabrielle Bernstein: 3 Steps to Make Your Facebook Page a More Positive Place
As the universe would have it, that wouldn't be my only conversation about Internet haters that week. The following day I was in Chicago shooting a segment for Oprah's "Super Soul Sunday." What was one of Oprah's first questions to my panel? She asked how we handle haters on the Internet! I immediately responded, "Forgive and delete." I explained how I use forgiveness and several other spiritual principles to shine light on the darkness of the Internet.
If you're anything like my mother, it's time to put down the boxing gloves and use my three spiritual tools for handling haters online.
Step 1: It's Not About You
When people attack us on the Internet, many of us immediately assume that the attack has merit and means there's something wrong with us. I choose to have a different perspective—I like to have compassion for these folks. Let's face it: A happy person won't waste his time posting negativity on positive people's pages. Therefore, we must have a tremendous amount of compassion for these people. Anyone who wastes his time and energy spreading negativity clearly needs more light in his life. Begin your practice by saying a prayer for the person. Simply say: "I pray for you to release your negativity and see love instead. I pray for you to be happy." This prayer will immediately reconnect you to a sense of compassion and help you let go of your anger.