Monday Mindfulness

Cultivating Strength, Joy, Peace & Resilience


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From the Inside

As the last of the peppers hang on the branches of summer gardens, I am reminded that all dressed up in their glossy and attractive shades and shapes, all peppers really do look quite similar. Yes, some may be longer or rounder, but for the most part you can recognize a pepper when you see one.

The truly interesting part is that what you see on the outside rarely relays the tastes and sensations that are discovered on the inside. Size, color, and shape don’t always indicate what you will find. Stand a bright yellow pepper next to a long red one and you might think they were very different until you take a bite. Then you find a delicious sweetness in both of them. On the other hand, line three different green peppers up together and each can have a distinct flavor — some cool and sweet and others quite bitter or firey. In fact, some peppers will even take your breath away.

All crisp, juicy, and designed to complement one another, peppers come in all shapes and sizes, all flavors and intensities, all suiting different taste buds.  Imagine if the world had only one type of pepper. Imagine if someone tried to decide which pepper was best for all and ignored the taste treats hidden in the others.

Isn’t it grand we have so many peppers to get to know?


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Lead with Love

All things grow with love!

Whether managing staff, supporting family and friends, or directing your own destiny, each of us has at one time or another been called upon to take the lead, to be in charge, to make things happen.

Ancient yogis believed that leadership was born of wisdom.  But, wisdom did not reside in the head.  Rather, the true seat of wisdom is in the heart.

Thus, to lead with wisdom, one must lead from the heart, or from a place of love.

To lead with love requires non-judgment, compassion, and the ability to see the strengths and gifts in those you lead.

Imagine what the world would be like if we all lead a little more from the heart instead of the head.