Remember when you appreciated a good piece of music – a song or otherwise. It appealed to you because it was conveying combined vibrations of your liking. Though the music you heard appeared to you as a single entity, in reality it was a combination of several sounds produced by different sources. But all these sounds integrated seamlessly so that it appeared to you as a single entity.

This seamless integration is what separates a good piece of music from ‘not so good’ piece. Many times you hear music which is a mixture of many sounds conveying different characteristics of individual sources of sound. The rhythm is missing. When a system works in harmony, it is a great masterpiece regardless of its motives, themes or agenda.

Harmony can be achieved in the lives of ordinary persons like me and you. In fact it is the most natural state of being. When the components of our body and spirit work in harmony, life becomes a celebration irrespective of our aspirations and present position in society.

Taking about harmony in the lives of individuals, we must consider two types of harmony.

Firstly, there is the internal harmony. There is chaos of thoughts, actions, feelings and decisions in our minds. Although we are responsible to generate these entities, these try to pull us in different directions. There is a big population of these items which keep on expanding at a very fast rate. To harness the energies of these entities and use these for our advantages there are three types of approaches suggested below for three different categories of personalities-

1. If you are a thought oriented person and attach high value to the thinking process, you should focus on your thoughts to achieve harmony. Try to observe the current thought in your mind. Take one thought at a time and analyze its motive, utility, relevance and applicability. In fact each thought which comes to our mind is just like a tip of iceberg. It is a part of some larger arrangement or scheme. The harmony is disturbed because these schemes are executed in isolation and are not heading to a single direction. Theses schemes are either our deep routed desires or natural design requirement by nature for our survival and functioning. Once you become aware about the details of these schemes which are responsible to generate the thought patterns in your mind, you will rearrange the patterns in such a manner which is best suited to you. Therefore the new thoughts which will be generated now will be in harmony.
2. If you are an action oriented person and believe more in action rather than thought, you should focus on actions. Put your 100% in every act of yours. Do not bother about the results. Just enjoy the process of action. When you do that you will become the leader and source of inspiration for others. You will invent new ways to do things. This way your each action will be better than previous action. Others will wait for your actions. With a healthy system at work, you will automatically align to the real purpose in the life and live in harmony.
3. If you are a person dominated and guided by feelings, you should find the main stream and go along with the crowd. Have faith in the system, surrender completely and enjoy what comes to your way. As a good player, accept the decision of referee whether it is in your favor or not.

Secondly, there is the requirement of external harmony in the life. External harmony means we live in harmony with our surroundings and other fellow beings. Nature has given us powers to adjust to changes in surroundings. For example our body temperature remains constant irrespective of our surrounding temperature. Whether we go to a hill station, desert or coastal city, the parts of body will automatically perform actions to maintain our body temperature. However, many times, we misuse repeatedly, the facility of our body-machine and therefore our capability to adjust sudden and unexpected changes in the surrounding environment reduces. To keep this capability in good shape, we should not take things for granted in the life. Giving due consideration to the external demands, like that of society, family, employer, government, co workers etc, will make the things easy.
It is true that you can not satisfy everyone completely in this world. But once you enjoy the facilities, protection and comforts extended to you by your society, family, employer, government, and co workers etc, you have to at least listen and consider their demands. You may not accept all of these, but convey your decisions to concerned parties and maintain a healthy communication system.

So be in harmony with yourself and your environment and enjoy the life.

Author's Bio: 

Deepak Dixit is an engineering graduate from IIT,Roorkee,India (eartswhile University of Roorkee). He has served for more than 22 years in 'Indian Army' as an officer and has taken a pre mature retirement after that.
he has also served in corporate world for about 5 years.Presently he is focusing on writing.
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