The idea of harmony is well known in the field of music. It is perhaps best described as “the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect”. According to many experts, harmony is referred to as the “vertical” aspect of music, as opposed to melody, which is the “horizontal” aspect of music.
Let us take this idea of harmony into our everyday lives. The combination of “simultaneously sounded thought processes”, which produce a current of harmonious thought to elevate our thinking, could be considered as harmony. However, if we do not have, or develop the patience, to listen to these diverse thought processes, we may fail to tune into the underlying harmony of the lessons that are being directed our way.
The philosopher, Lao Tzu, has stated the importance of harmony very elegantly:
When we live in complete integrity,
We will be innocent like newborn babies.
We will sing all day without being hoarse,
because we will be in full harmony.
To be in harmony is, is to live in the Great Integrity, the ultimate wisdom.
When harmony reigns, and we rule ourselves with felicity, everyone gains, and we will all live in simplicity.
– Lao Tzu ( Tao Te Ching)
The ideas of integrity, simplicity, innocence and wisdom – all of them seem to emanate from the elevating idea of harmony. So, whether it is listening to a piece of classical music, or paying attention, being fully present to the one who is communicating with us – we can seek and find harmony. My good friend, Wayne Mcevilly reminds me:
an ear need not be “trained” in order to distinguish harmony from its opposing forces – an infant has this capacity –
So, perhaps, we need a return to “infancy”, in order to rediscover harmony? Will we rise to the challenge? Will we find harmony within the discordant notes of our “life noise”? How will our concerted, conscious movement towards harmony uplift our spirit? What are some ways that we can find harmony within diversity?
I invite you to join the #SpiritChat community on Sunday May 19th at at 9amET. Let us share together with our thoughts on twitter, and create a spirit of harmony that will resonate in the great integrity… As always, your thoughts are welcome in the comments. Namaste.
Update: Here is the html transcript for our twitter chat. Here are the questions asked during the live chat on Harmony. Thank you, and Enjoy! 🙂
Q1. Visualize #harmony ~ what does it sound and look like to you? #SpiritChat
Q2. What brings you closer to a sense of harmony? What takes you away from it? #SpiritChat
Q3. What is the connection between harmony and diversity? How do we honor it? #SpiritChat
Q4. “Aim at complete harmony of word, thought and deed” – Gandhi. Is this practicable? How? #SpiritChat
Q5. Forgiveness is one key to achieving inner harmony. Agree or disagree? Why? #SpiritChat
Q6. What can younger/older generations teach each other about harmony? #SpiritChat
Q7. How does harmony (or the lack of it) impact our relationships and communities? #SpiritChat
Q8. Let us send out a message… We can create more harmony of Spirit by… #SpiritChat
Bonus Q9. What action(s) will bring you closer to harmony this week? Reflect and/or share 🙂 #SpiritChat