We have just passed through the period of festivities, where our challenges became a little lighter, we put aside our differences to share with each other and we expressed our best feelings. These are times of reconciliation and hope for the year that is beginning. Distancing ourselves for a few days, we could say that in this time of year where there was a flowering of a better version of ourselves, with qualities of generosity, comprehension and affection.
The observation of our being in life and the intensity of experiences of this period can be driving forces for invoking a quality that perhaps we have forgotten, though essential for our personal growth: harmony. This word which is Greek in its origin means “agreement or connection”, in a beautiful sense. In the ancient times different philosophical schools recognized its importance and even Plato considered it to be one of the seven essential qualities of existence.
One of the fields where harmony is found and expressed is in music. When we listen to great works interpreted by orchestras, we are aware that there are diverse instruments, each one with a particular characteristic. However, with the alchemy of the composer along with the musical notes, these different sonorous qualities start to ‘speak’ to each other, to communicate and intertwine, until they achieve a unity. Finally, we are moved as we listen, marveling at the totality. Within the musical harmony we experience beauty and a truth.
This sensation of harmony can be experienced in different spheres of our existence. For example: when we achieve an equilibrium between the physical, emotional and mental areas of ourselves, or when we create a relationship built on respect, trust and inspiration. The Indian philosopher and poet Sri Aurobindo describes this experience in the following way; “Harmony is the attraction of objects and things that when united permits the sacred force to manifest itself”.
The majority of us would like to experience harmony more permanently in our inner being, relationships and our initiatives. But, similarly to the orchestra when it rehearsals for the symphony, at the beginning dissonances, challenges and conflicts exist. In the inner world, on occasions the demands of the body, feelings and ideas go in contrary directions. In relationships differences, oppositions and arguments appear. And in our initiatives there are always obstacles that confront our expectations. We wish intensely for harmony in each area of life, but all these trials sometimes make us relinquish its search and we wait for it to emerge by itself like an act of magic.
The image of the orchestra is once again pertinent. To achieve a harmonious performance requires that the musicians should get to know each other; study the musical piece; practice it alone and then together; know when to be silent, to yield or to have the leading role, and finally, to learn how to flow together under the guidance of the Director.
At the same time, harmony in our existence requires, first, a self-knowledge of the different parts of our being. To achieve this it is necessary to slow down our rhythms, be attentive and activate a change. With inner calm and the observation of our being we will become conscious of the areas that we should attend to and or recreate.
Second, it is necessary that we know the work at hand. This means that we should try to connect with ourselves and the world in a different way, with acceptance, appreciation for the differences and with a vision of unity. It is in this moment when we look for the intimate union with our inner being, nature and with others that new dimensions can open up before us.
Third, the rehearsals will begin, with the mistakes, coincidences, brilliant moments and rapports. This time will teach us when we should prevent, resolve or leave behind the conflicts, knowing when to protect ourselves and finding tactics to avoid hurting others. In this way, harmony becomes a state of mind, a way of being in the world and above all a Path of personal growth. Challenges will exist that in appearance do not contribute to the process, but with them the symphony of life will become richer.
It is time to decide to harmonize our inner being, relationships and our projects. In this way, we will see life like a rehearsal for our own musical interpretation. Unity will inspire us to cultivate an appreciation for the differences and for compassion. With harmony we can create together and alleviate suffering. With harmony we can start to see more beauty and find creative forms to contribute to the world.