"Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto."
~ Lope de Vega
When we think of harmony, we think of musical composition and the lyrical way musical notes combine simultaneously to produce chords and seriatim to create progressions. We also find kinetic harmony in the graceful choreography of dance, with its balance of lightness and strength, movement and stance, speed and deliberateness. The beauty that emerges from propagating something pleasing and whole delights our senses and lifts our spirits. When we are in harmony with nature, we know there's an agreement that has been met and a joining that has taken place, bringing not only health but also peace. Moreover, when life is harmonious there is consistency, a quality human beings long for perhaps as much as love.
Just as music and dance are by-products of individuals' expression, so, too, is the coupling between two people who form a partnership. Like a pas de deux or a barbershop quartet whose every member sings a specific part, it's essential to dance your own steps and sing your own song in the relationship. If one part dominates the other, the beauties of each get lost. In relationship, we strive to hold on to our individuality while dancing and singing with our partner.
Like music and dance, copulation is an intricate form of natural harmony. When the passionate meeting between two creates a third energy, the pattern of the entire universe is replicated. Controlling your partner or holding back your own essence halts the unfolding of the balanced, pitch-perfect harmony of your divine union. By being mindful of your part, you can set an intention to weave something beautiful, then enjoy with delight the music and dance you have made manifest.
DAILY HEALTHY ACTS
- Practice walking meditation today by staying present and noticing harmony in all aspects of life. What do you see? What surprises you?
- In moments of discord or upset in your relationship, make a concerted--that is, a concert-like--effort to harmonize. What adjustments do you need to make? What are your perceptions of your partner? Share those perceptions in a way that supports harmony.
- Next time you make love, add music to the experience and experiment with the rhythm and how it brings your body, mind, and soul into harmony with one another.
csh - Los Angeles