Over the years, we’ve come to think of diversity mainly in terms of quotas and numbers. Some think of it as taking power and resources from one group and giving them to another. But diversity is something that benefits us all. Embracing diversity is one of the keys to being well in spirit, mind, and body.
I’m often asked to speak about diversity for corporations that have seen how the power of diversity can support their growth. These companies have come to recognize that if they are to be more creative, productive, and profitable, they need diversity. However, as I tell them, diversity is not about power sharing. Diversity, in its truest sense, is about critical thinking, and exploring new perspectives and ways of acting.
I employed diversity thinking to develop my Year to Wellness Program. I studied numerous cultures to find out which of their practices I could incorporate into my own life. I recommend that everyone go through a similar process, looking at different ways of doing things to find what works individually. Your mind, body, and spirit need new and diverse ideas to evolve.