Today is Harmony Day and in fact marks 20 years of Harmony Day Celebrations. This year will be the first time that Harmony Day will be celebrated over a full week.
So what is Harmony Day all about?
It is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism and the successful integration of migrants into our community.
Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.
How can we bring Harmony into our daily life and Meditation practice?
Harmony can mean different things to different people, but essentially it means to bring a sense of balance, peace and equanimity so there is no conflict or resistance.
We can feel a sense of this when our inner world is centred and grounded.
It is a gentle agreement that we are OK and at peace with our own world as it is now.
We are living in a world out of our control
When we are in a state of continuous change, we can feel like we have no control over what is happening around us and to us – and the truth of this is that we ultimately don’t have any control.
When we do try to find balance or harmony when there is a state of turmoil, it can often lead to a sense of futility as we become aware that our contribution may be way too small to make a difference.
The fact that we have no control can lead to feelings of worry, uncertainty, overwhelm and more – which of course is not helpful to our own state of wellbeing or anyone that we would like to help.
When we are feeling like our world is out of our control, the only thing we can turn to that is within our control – is to seek peace and harmony within ourselves.
Finding our harmony within
We all have the ability to find a place within us where we can find and feel complete harmony, peace, balance, centerednesss, freedom & love – anywhere and anytime.
This place can be found when we “tune” into ourselves, however all too often we allow life to get in the way and stress and worry to take over – in effect burying the peace that we inherently all have within us.
How can we access the harmony within?
Meditation is one of the easiest ways for us to practice tuning into this place of peace
And while we might think our time could be better spent helping others, a regular daily meditation practice will empower you with all the tools you need to find balance and peace, to feel grounded and in “tune” with your mind and body and to find the strength and resilience to really help others and make a difference.
Adapted from the work of Mardi Rogers @ MardiMay.com.au