Our work here at Harmony Interfaith Initiative has slowed down considerably after the pandemic broke out. The same is true about other interfaith organizations that work towards bettering relationships through face-to-face meetings.
That being said, we know that harmony begins within. Maybe this is the perfect time to work on the individual aspect of social harmony? If you are so inclined, here are seven things that you can do.
1. Create Peaceful Moments
Moments of peace are needed to counter the whirlwind of daily life. The method is less important than the outcome. You can use prayer, meditation, walking, running, bathing, or silence as your vehicle. Practice your chosen approach consistently and reap the benefits.
2. Contemplate Your Role in the Human Orchestra
What is your contribution to a more harmonious human orchestra? Are you practicing your role, getting better at the basics, examining the notes you will play once everyone is allowed to congregate again? During this time of solitude, you can both contemplate your role and practice the skills needed.
3. Forgive Those Who Have Wronged You
Forgiveness is a process of acceptance and release. When people stop wishing for a better past and release the anger, irritation, and hatred that they carry within, they become much better instruments for harmony and peace. Many great books have been written on forgiveness. My personal favorite is titled Forgiveness: The Greatest Healer of All by Gerald Jampolsky.
4. Examine Your Own Biases
In our workshops, we talk about concepts such as the attraction-repulsion principle, thinking fast and slow, unconscious biases, and more. In my most recent memoir, I talk about how I needed to face my personal biases when I moved from Iceland to Texas ten years ago. Until then, I didn’t think I had any. Facing those biases may be temporarily uncomfortable, but allowing them to unconsciously dictate behavior is much more painful.
5. Embrace Our Interconnectedness
If the virus has taught us anything, it is that the human race is intimately interconnected. People can either embrace that reality or push against it. Those of us who want to work towards a more harmonious society should fully embrace our interconnectedness and change our behaviors accordingly.
6. Study Beliefs and Ideas That You Disagree With
The Greek philosopher Aristotle famously said that it was the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. People who have confidence in their own belief systems should never fear examining what others believe. Plus, walking a mile in another person’s ideological shoes will lead to more empathy and compassion, both of which are needed to form a harmonious society.
7. Plan for the Future
We don’t know when, but society will reopen. If you are not currently on the front lines, if the bravest thing you can do is stay at home to stop the spread, think about the many difficulties that people will face in the weeks and months ahead. Plan how you can be a healer, bridge-builder and harmonizer in those circumstances. Then start working towards that plan.
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Our mission is to train and support people who want to do good in the world. We do this by providing access to strategies, methods, and ideas that promote social harmony and enable bridge-building across divides. Our primary goal is to help others create harmony in diverse communities.
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