Harmony

: the combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound
: a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things
: the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords
: internal calm : tranquility
: an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative
: a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement

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Etymology

Harmony (n.): late 14th Century, from Old French armonie, also the name of a musical instrument (12c.), from Latin harmonia, from Greek harmonia “agreement, concord of sounds,” also as a proper name, the personification of music, literally “means of joining,” used of ship-planks, etc., also “settled government, order,” related to harmosfastenings of a door; shoulder,” from *ar-to fit together” (related to Arm).

 

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Wisdom

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.”

Coco Chanel (born in Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel 1883-1971, a prolific French fashion designer and founder of the Chanel brand. She was the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Chanel was placed in an orphanage by her peddler father after her mother died. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew, a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Her nickname came from her brief career as a singer in a nightclub.)

Bio Source:

http://www.biography.com/people/coco-chanel-9244165 - synopsis

“I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I'm lost in the music. Until I am the music--notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it's okay because when I'm the music, I'm not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty.”

Jennifer Donnelly (born in 1963, an American writer of young-adult fiction and best known for the historical novel, “A Northern Light.” In 2003, the book won the Carnegie Medal, as the year’s outstanding children’s book. Donnelly was born in Port Chester, NY. Her paternal great grandparents imigrated from Dublin Ireland to NY state where they settled in Adirondack region. Donnelly attended the University of Rochester where she graduated magna cum laude in English Literature. She also attended Birkbeck College of University of England.)

Bio Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Donnelly

“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”

Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He began training Zen training in NY in 1938. He also attended Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, where he received a master’s degree in theology. He became an Episcopal priest in 1945, but then left the ministry in 1950 and moved to California where he joined he faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on Eastern and Western religion.)

Bio Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts

“In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism, skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically.”

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890, considered the greatest Dutch Post-Impressionist painter after Rembrandt. He remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, van Gogh died at age 37 from what was believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound (although the gun was never found). He did not begin painting until his late twenties, completing many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. He produced more than 2,100 artworks, consisting of 860 oil paintings, more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.)

Bio Source:

http://www.biography.com/people/vincent-van-gogh-9515695 - synopsis

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.”

Henri Poincare (Jules Henri Poincare, 1854-1912, an influencial French philosopher of science and mathematician, as well as a distinguished science and mathematician. He stressed the essential role of intuition in a proper constructive foundation for mathematics. He believed that mathematicians can use the methods of logic to check a proof, but they must use intuition to create a proof.)

Bio Source:

http://www.iep.utm.edu/poincare/

“There are seconds, they come only five or six at a time, and you suddenly feel the presence of eternal harmony, fully achieved. It is nothing earthly; not that it's heavenly, but man cannot endure it in his earthly state. One must change physically or die. The feeling is clear and indisputable. As if you suddenly sense the whole of nature and suddenly say: yes, this is true. God, when he was creating the world, said at the end of each day of creation: 'Yes, this is true, this is good.' This . . . this is not tenderheartedness, but simply joy. You don't forgive anything, because there is no longer anything to forgive. You don't really love — oh, what is here is higher than love! What's most frightening is that it's so terribly clear, and there's such joy. If it were longer than five seconds — the soul couldn't endure it and would vanish. In those five seconds I live my life through, and for them I would give my whole life, because it's worth it. To endure ten seconds one would have to change physically . . . .”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist and author of “Crime and Punishment,” “The Idiot,” “The Brother Karamozv.” His novels left an indelible mark over Western and world literature, because it examined the mental interior of his characters. “This psychological approach examined how social, spiritual and political forces might interact in the psyche of an individual.”)

Bio Source:

http://www.egs.edu/library/fyodor-dostoevsky/biography/

Meditation

How can all the pieces of our souls fall together in complete sublime harmony?

First of all, we must believe and trust that we are whole. And if there are issues, challenges, or crises that need to be addressed in our lives, we must trust we have the skills and courage to face any circumstance.  In short, we have to let go of the fear to truly understand what the soul now needs.

Be warned, there may be triggers, those issues that may push our emotional buttons. Our bodies will reveal it for sure. The heart may palpitate or the stomach or back may warn us through pain. But whatever the case, these discomforts are gifts, signals that there’s something there of great importance to focus upon.

So what happens when troubles persist, should we check out, run from, or mask these problems? Or should we dig our heels in, stand still, and ground and center to the deepest parts of ourselves? If we face our demons, Life will offer infinite and creative solutions.

If for some reason we are unable to figure out most of the pieces of the puzzle on our own, we can always seek the advice and wise counsel of nonjudgmental and beloved friends and/or professionals.

Through these divine life dances there’s numerous opportunities to harmonize with our highest selves and to All that Is.

In Love, Harmony, and Peace,

Tonya

 

 

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