I hadn’t ever thought about the difference between harmony and balance until one of my mentors told me that I should be searching for harmony, not balance. To me, they were always synonymous concepts, but whenever I spoke to people on one of my highly stressed days, you know, those days where you’ve got back-to-back meetings scheduled, phone calls to the insurance company to make, a long conference call, ten minutes to drive twenty miles on the 405 to get to a doctor appointment, and on top of it all there are ten text message on your phone that need your attention? I would say to them, “gee, if only I could have balance in my life!” I never thought, alternatively, “gee, if only I could find harmony in my life!” But when I started looking at my life through this lens of finding harmony rather than balance, I found that I could find more compassion for the day-to-day chaos. Because, harmony isn’t really about juggling all the obligations on our calendars, it’s about achieving an inner peace amongst the chaos of life. I’ve seen a lot of the images from abandoned homes in Bodie, California by urban photographer, Raymond Jabola linked on social media pages this week, and these images kept reminding me of how the earth naturally restores harmony to what we leave behind of our lives. We see in his images bright green moss, spider’s webs, tree roots among tightly made beds and pots on the kitchen counter. Literally, right among and beneath us is harmony waiting to expand. How can we invite harmony into our lives?
*Photograph credit: Raymond Jabola, "One Fine Morning"