Years ago I read a book called Forgiveness... the Ultimate Miracle, by Paul J. Meyer. I read it during a period in my life where I had a lot of hurt, anger and resentment churning inside of me. The book began to open me up to understanding forgiveness and the value of forgiving others as well as myself. Over the years, since reading that book, I have experienced true forgiveness in different ways and I have asked for forgiveness, many times. This can be both humbling and a little scary because asking for forgiveness doesn't mean you will receive it, and I have learned to be okay with that.
On my journey, I have forgiven others. And I mean I have dug deep and felt serious pain, internally processing hurt, feeling the anger, sadness and betrayal so that I could truly forgive. Meditation has been my guide in this process. Through meditation, with the support of breath and mantra, I have been able to digest and work through relationships and life experiences. Gratefully, this practice has delivered me, many times, to forgiveness.
Most importantly, I have forgiven myself, again and again. When we forgive ourselves, we take responsibility for our actions and choices. We humble ourselves. It is a low, deep bow to our highest self.
Through these experiences, here is what I have learned:
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.