So. Balance and harmony. Oh so important in life... right??? I realize this especially when I'm feeling otherwise. When things feel black and white. When there is discord. When agreement is hard to come by and everything seems to rub me the wrong way. Ugh. But there is value in having times like this... if for no other reason, to fully appreciate the times when there is a peaceful, natural, harmonious flow going on. It is our nature to seek balance and harmony. And, globally... right now especially... we are most definitely experiencing extremes in terms of beliefs and desires and ideas about what is right, wrong, good, and bad. I have to believe there is value to this. That we are heading into a new season of greater harmony. That things are coming to a head. That all the discord has had to get so unbearable that we are forced (for lack of a better word) to yield to some sort of balance for the greater good.
There was a Coke commercial back in the day with a jingle that keeps coming to mind: "I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony..." I know, it's hokey. Not to mention, it touted Coke as "the real thing". But I digress. ;-) Let me just say, as a singer... there is something so powerful about voices blending together in beautiful accord. I don't even really have the words. There is a distinct feeling I get when my voice is nestled into glorious harmony with another's. It's like this warm buzz from "sliding into place" with another's being... with their heart and soul... their "realness"... their truth and the greater truth. No matter how different we may appear to be on the outside, in that moment we are harmonizing, I am only aware of connection. It's a pure place of agreement. Of resonance. I wish there was some way to get everyone to sing with each other like that. To find that sweet spot of blended notes. Idealistic, yes. But I know what that feels like... and I know that it can break down barriers. And I'm so grateful that I get to use my voice to connect with my own and others' souls in this way.
By the way, I love words and their origins. I looked up "harmony" online and Wikipedia gave me this: "The term harmony derives from the Greek harmonia, meaning 'joint, agreement, concord', from the verb harmozo, 'to fit together, to join'." Oh how I dream of this... real harmony... for our lives and our world. So, you think maybe instead of a presidential debate we could just get the producers of "Glee" to resurrect the show with a special episode that features the candidates harmonizing together? Documenting the process of finding and learning the right notes and creating some other worldly, transcendent masterpiece of harmonious splendor? Perhaps a version of John Lennon's "Imagine"? Ah, wouldn't that be something. Just... imagine.
So, as we head into this new season... the season of fall... may we all, individually and collectively, allow what no longer "works" or serves to fall away. And... may we sing our way through it! Sing in harmony with our essence and with each other... and feel the glorious vibration of that. Less talking and more singing, I say. Happy harmonious autumn, my friends!