The Jalapeño Pepper and The Banana

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I want to tell you a short story.

A few weeks ago I went shopping for some ingredients. I was planning on making tuna tartare (see recipe below) so I bought what I needed, including some jalapeño peppers amongst some other things including bananas.

When I got home and unpacked the groceries, I placed the jalapeño peppers on a tiered rack where I keep my lemons and limes, and I hung the bananas over the handle. The next day, I noticed that two of the bananas, the ones hanging directly above the jalapeño peppers, had these decayed crescent shaped ridges, carved deeply into the fruit. It was really bizarre because the bananas were perfectly beautiful everywhere else. And then it hit me. Without even touching, the heat from the jalapeños had radiated up and directly caused the decay in the otherwise beautiful bananas.

You may be wondering why I'm telling you this story, or why I'm writing a blog post about some ordinary groceries. But, there is a deep message to be learnt from this chemical reaction.

All living beings emit energy, including ourselves. And we may not even realize how our energy is affecting our world around us. People may think it's only what they say that has an effect on others, but it's also so much how we think and feel! We are all like radio towers, constantly emitting signals, and whatever we emit affects our environment, and boomerangs right back at us.

I remember when I was a young mother, and I would get frustrated that whenever I was having a hard day, or feeling bad about something, my kids would be at their worst. It all seemed so much! But what I realized years later, was that my negative energy was directly affecting my kids, and of course when a mom is not OK, how could the kids be?

We are all energetically connected to each other, and to the world around us. And if we want a positive, successful, love filled life, we need to start taking responsibility for the energy we are transmitting. And it always starts with treating ourselves with love and kindness. Remember, like always attracts like. So if we are afraid, angry, or worried, we end up attracting that exact thing we are afraid, angry, or worried about.

I know, it's easier said than done.  Even as I write this post, I'm feeling anxious about some things, and am trying to work on changing my energy output.  But we CAN change our energy with a little practice. It starts with being mindful enough to realize that when things around us feel like they're spinning out of control, it may be because of our own thoughts and feelings. When we emit that negative "heat", we are automatically damaging what is around us. Just like the jalapeno and the banana. But we can catch ourselves, and reverse everything in the present moment, by simply taking a deep breath, showing ourselves some love and compassion, and starting over with some positive thoughts of gratitude.

Your mind may tell you, "It's too late, everything is ruined already." But that's a lie. The moment of change is right here in the present.  Consciously change your thoughts and feelings, and watch your life change before your eyes.

Ina Garten's Tuna Tartare

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Until next time,



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  1. Dear Sharon, thank you very much for this post. This is exactly what I needed to read right now.