Happy Monday, friends!
During my meditation this morning, the word harmony surfaced, and an immediate sense of well-being and peace washed through my body.
Such a lovely, fluid word! In music and art, harmony is a blend of various, individual elements to create a pleasing integrated composition.
According to Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, “Any action done with beauty and purity, and in complete harmony of body, mind and soul, is art.”
I’ve experienced those fleeting moments on my mat; when my breath is dominating my mind and I have a hyper awareness of my body balancing on my mat with a sense of ease and lightness. A feeling of effortless effort. Allowing my muscles to engage without any tension or resistance. For those few breaths, time slows down and expands. I am aware of all the energy surrounding me, and I can feel a single bead of sweat trickle down my back. And then a single thought enters my mind, and I waver and my balance shifts and the moment vanishes.
With that awareness of perfect harmony on my mat, I am able to recognize those moments off of my mat as well. Moments walking in nature. That perfect, elusive golf swing. Watching the sun rise and set each day. Sitting in the sun at an outdoor beer garden. Listening and dancing to music. Moments of complete, comfortable silence with a loved one. A few solid breaths of mental stillness during meditation. They are few and far between. But glorious and sublime and perfect.
And the truth is that each moment of life is perfect unto itself. And the human challenge is to cultivate that acute level of awareness and mindfulness to appreciate the full spectrum of life experience. Sadness, happiness, tragedy, good fortune, failure, success, love, fear, profit and loss.
Health refers to the physical body; wellness refers to our state of being. When body, mind and spirit are in harmony, we experience perfect health. I strongly believe that truth health is an integration of how we treat our bodies, but also so much more important is how our minds live in a state of wellness.
The thought of living in harmony with others is perfectly expressed in chapter 49 of the Tao Te Ching.
– 49 –
The Sage has no fixed mind; she understands the mind of the people.
She treats those who are good with goodness.
She also treats those who are bad with goodness
because goodness is the nature of her being.
She is kind to the kind.
She is also kind to the unkind
because kindness is the nature of her being.
She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who are not trustworthy.
This is how she gains true trust.
The Sage lives in harmony with all below heaven.
Her mind is like space.
People don’t understand her.
They look to her and wait.
She sees everything as her own self;
she loves everyone as her own child.
Of course, these moments are also so fleeting and rare. But such a lovely ideal to move toward!
Harmony in nature was another thought that arose in my sitting today. I believe that to be another complete topic for another time.
It’s imperative to live in harmony within your own body and mind as the initial step to harmonizing with others and nature. Practice and all is coming.
Have the best week ever, friends!