“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

- Marianne Williamson

Dear haters,

Thank you. (More on this later.)

I know, I teach, and I live that from the darkness comes the light – always.

I know, I teach, and I live that the light always wins. Always prevails.

I know, I teach, and I live that there is no dark switch, only the light, and when you shine the light on the darkness, it is gone.

I know, I teach, and I live that there is nothing more powerful than the light.

But I am human.  And although I walk my talk and walk this planet coming from a spiritual place and see the light and spirit everywhere I turn, I am human and as such, have my vulnerable moments, like everyone else.

Discipline, focus, and relentlessness are three of my superpowers.  (I have more. So do you.) I have therefore been able to successfully distract myself and my attention from the darkness the haters spew as their full-time job.

Until yesterday.

I don't know if it was the chronicity (years of cyber stalking by one hater), PMS, or the full moon coming on Wednesday – most likely, a combination of the three – but I lost it, Super-mom style.

Philippe and I were honored by Boston Magazine in the October issue, in which they called us "Boston's Power Fitness couple" in an awesome fun article which chronicled our love story – how we met, etc.

My haters were tearing even this down. Saying that we were lying about how we met (??). Clearly, they're  running out of material.

"Ohhhhh! You can't respond to the haters! No no no. That's not allowed. That will just fuel the fire. Make it worse...." I said to Philippe sarcastically.

"What could be worse?" I asked. "These douche bags have relentlessly stalked me on the Internet for years with lies, judgment, and jealousy – and don't have the courage to come up to me live. They contact every organization with whom I am connected.  One hater can and has written the same (misspelled) slander from over 25 different email addresses. Sometimes that particular hater writes me seven times a day.  How can that get worse?"

My husband, calm as ever (but notably pissed at the relentlessness and chronicity of it all), explained real time how it actually could get worse.

"I don't care! I want to speak my truth!" I continued.

As some of you know, I had a rough ride as a kid. And nothing was talked about. Nothing was allowed to be talked about. It was all a big secret. So speaking my truth is important to me.

"Everyone in the public eye is dealing with this." I continued. "Taylor Swift's latest song is just one of so many examples.  Will Smith has written songs about 'em. So has Elton John, Queen, Joe Walsh...."

Philippe continued to talk me down.

And you know what happened? Are you listening haters?  From the darkness came the light. As always.  And remarkably quickly.

It was not so much my husband talking me down, although he is a master at that. It was that combined with the outpouring of love and light sent my way because of the haters comments.

Oh M Gee.

It was incredible. The love, support, and light I received is indescribable.

And all because my haters said that my husband and I were lying about how we met (still bizarre and baffling to me).

So thank you haters.

But I'm not done.

I had total and complete clarity on my mat this morning -- WooHoo!  I am now 100% completely totally committed and down with the theory which before made sense to me intellectually but energetically, not so much.  You've heard the theory before whether you are in the limelight or are dealing with your own flavor of haters in your life in the form of mean girls, mean boys, mean family members, mean coworkers mean bosses, mean neighbors, etc. They come in many shapes, sizes and forms but it's all the same thing people -- it's darkness, and you are the light.

It's the theory to which Philippe was referring, "Don't give any attention or energy to the haters. It only fuels the fire and makes it worse. It distracts you from spreading the light. Ignore them. They're nothing.  They are less than nothing."

I now 100% fully understand the verity and wisdom of this theory.  Although I received countless emails from readers, students, fans, friends, and family, offering ways to bring the haters down by finally exposing their identities (some super fun James Bond-ish stuff because one of my fans knows someone in Secret Service, one of my readers is a police Lieut., and the list goes on), I realized on my yoga mat that there will always be darkness. Just by virtue of being shiny and sparkling and light, you will trigger the dark ones to attack. So even if I expose a hater, another will pop up.  And then if I expose that one, another one will come. It's just the reality of living on a dualistic planet.  Very Star Wars. Good versus evil. Light versus dark. But remember, the light always wins. Always.

So three of my superpowers are now in full force. I am relentlessly focused on (in a disciplined way) completely and totally ignoring the (misspelled and grammatically incorrect) spewings of the Dark side.

And actually, every time I see a comment that is dark, it fuels me EVEN MORE to spread the Light. Because it is a real-time reminder of all the love, support and light I (and you!) receive every minute of every day -- when we are in sync with and connected with the Universe.  And of how much this planet needs our light.

So if the darkness -- or the haters if that is the form in which it materializes for you -- is getting you down, take a deep breath in, a deep breath out, and let it go. Tune into:

~ my strength, light and support ~your strength, light and support And ~the light, support and strength of the Universe.

Feel it.  It's all there for you.  Can you feel it?

Don't let someone else stop you from shining your light. You came to shine and your light inspires, fuels and strengthens so many others.  And besides, it's fun to be light and sparkly and it sucks to be dark and cruel.

The light is winning haters.

The end.

Have the best day ever!


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