Creating emotional boundaries increases our sense of safety and allows us to interact with others from a place of inner strength and calm. Our defensiveness usually results from feelings of powerlessness, fear, or vulnerability. If you can instead focus on getting centered, you will be able to act from a more stable place, regardless of what happens around you today. You might consider taking a few minutes to create an inner vision of yourself as capable, confident, and empowered. See yourself able to handle any situation, no matter how unsettling. Then visualize a barrier of positive energy encasing you and know that nothing negative can cross this boundary unless you allow it to.
An excerpt from Daily Om, Emotional Boundaries September 22, 2015