"The only difference between me and you is that I practice forgiving myself all day long.” The enlightened Kundalini master and guru, Yogi Bhajan said this. Which gives me great hope; I can definitely practice forgiving myself.
Forgiving yourself can bring you inner peace. It is another path for us to take to get there. I’ll take as many options for inner peace as I can find.
Forgive yourself for not meditating, not always eating healthy, missing a work out, or not choosing wisely.
Forgive yourself for mistakes, for taking risks that didn’t turn out the way you hoped they would, for getting caught up in all the noise around you, and for seeing shadows instead of the light.
Forgive yourself for judgment. Judgment against yourself and seeing yourself as less than. Judgment against others and seeing yourself as more than or something other than equal.
Forgive yourself for choosing fear over love.
Forgive your defenses and your lapses in faith.
Forgive the little things and seemingly huge things and all of those in between.
Forgiving yourself all day long is the beautiful difference between hope and enlightenment and being trapped in the past, drowning in the rip tides of regret.
So how do you forgive yourself all day long? It can be very simple. I love a practice I learned from my mentor Gabby Bernstein. Simply forgive and delete.
So forgive yourself and then delete the thought. Overall I think you can always use this simple process, but I recognize that somethings are bigger and have a greater energy involved.
It may take more time for the energy to process and to be physically ready. If this is the case, you can start by setting the intention that you want to forgive, that you intend to forgive, that you intend for the energy to process and intend to release it. You can ask for help from your inner light, or your faith in transforming the energy and releasing it.
When you release it, it makes room in your heart and mind for love to expand.
How does it feel to you to think about forgiving yourself all day long? To me it feels hopeful, fresh and lovely. When I move forward with that optimistic energy I am grateful for the difference it makes in me and because I know I can better serve those all around me.
Here is the process in simple steps:
I named this healthy heavenly chicken and rice because I couldn’t believe how great it turned out and how easy it was. I expected it to be good, but I was blown away by the creamy dreaminess. My two teenaged sons both highly approved it. I did add melted shredded cheddar on their portions, but it is certainly not needed. In fact, I question if it would interfere with the delicate flavor. I didn’t even add salt or pepper because I forgot it in the cooking process and it was so good without it, I didn’t want to mess with the taste.
Total Time: 20 minutes
1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
4-5 green onions, diced, divided
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cooked boneless, skinless breast chicken diced or shredded
¼ cup whole milk
1 bag frozen cauliflower rice
1 pkg quinoa and brown rice (I used Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice)
1 cup Greek yogurt, fat free OR low fat (adds 1 point per serving)
1 tbsp light mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
Yield: 4 servings
4 Weight Watchers Freestyle Points, (5 if use low-fat Greek yogurt)
Author: Kim Trotto
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I was a school teacher for 20 years and am a lifetime soul learner. I am still a teacher, just a different curriculum.