Definition of HARMONY: having a productive and pleasant relationship with oneself and others.
The first element is OPENNESS. The openness to fully and objectively welcome and embrace what is, understand and feel the situation that presents itself to us, and “welcome and embrace” it in its entirety without making a positive or negative judgment.
When a situation or relationship requires greater harmony, and we feel thrown off balance, it’s also an opportunity for expansion and making different choices in the future. Nevertheless, welcoming and embracing it in its entirety also means appreciating the discomfort, the awareness it offers, and even celebrating it, as it will allow us to open up to something else. For example, in a conflictual situation, there’s a vast difference between “Accepting” and “Welcoming & Embracing,” which we experience through this first element of the harmony equation.
ACCEPT: resignation, to endure, to support
WELCOME & EMBRACE: to open up, to welcome, to embrace, to rejoice
The second part of the equation consists of AUTHENTICITY and COMPASSION. Beyond words, the majority of a message is communicated through tone, non-verbal and feeling. Consequently, anything can be shared when authenticity and compassion are present.
I love the definition of compassion as expressed by Sylvie Olivier of Golden Heart Wisdom since we often tend to confuse it with pity. Naturally, when we position ourselves as superior to another person, it only generates a sense of withdrawal rather than openness.
"Compassion is love in action. Compassion is so powerful when it is aligned with the heart and is free from all forms of judgment, such as pity, arrogance, or a sense of superiority, for example."