"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:
Living a happy life can be simple, but I know it can also be hard to live out in practice. Just being willing to try can make a beautiful difference in your life. Then that beautiful difference can ripple out to all of those that your life touches. Then on to others etc.
I have always tended towards the serious life, but I’ve also always loved laughing and fun. That’s one of the biggest reasons that I married my husband. He always makes me smile.
The parts from the list about stopping comparing yourself to others are essential for many of us. Comparison is the thief of joy and it is rampant, fueled by social media. But, even before social media, there were many ways to constantly compare yourself and come up feeling less than.
Just being aware of the fact that many of us compare ourselves and it hurts our happiness is the first step. Then holding the intention to stop is the next.
The W.A.I.T. tool is great to use here.
When you catch yourself comparing yourself, take the beautiful opportunity to stop and release it.
I had some fun with this list and there could be many more. And there are many other similar lists out there. How to live a happy life for teens. How to live a happy life according to science.
What would you add to the list?
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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.