Living in Harmony by Kim Wiklund

Photo of Wilson taken by Kim Wiklund

Photo of Wilson taken by Kim Wiklund

The recent suicide of the brilliant Robin Williams has once again put depression and addiction into the spotlight.  After the similar loss of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the public seems to be taking a harder look at depression and other forms of mental illness and the havoc that they can wreak.

This has caused me to think more about how it is that we can get can through times that are bleak and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Can we really live a life of harmony since life is not always smooth sailing?  As a musician I know that harmony consists not only of pleasing sounds (consonant), but also of those that “clash” (dissonant).  Dissonant sounds are typically used in transition and always resolve to something more pleasant and can thus be tolerated. The brilliance of harmony is in the piece as a whole.

Life is no different.  How often it is that I remember situations that were seemingly so horrible that I could not imagine that I would ever get through them.  But if instead of simply reliving these instances I step back and carefully examine them, I can see how each was successfully resolved and that a valuable lesson was always learned.  That good result is what I should strive to remember while letting go of the “transitory dissonance.”

Recently, our English setter, Wilson, had to have major abdominal surgery.  He moved through this “dissonance” beautifully and was completely recovered within 2 weeks.  It was remarkable and I wondered if I could have done the same.  Plainly, our pets do not dwell on past ills, but rather move forward in anticipation of the next good thing.  We can learn a lesson from their example.

Through all of my searching I have come to know that there is something larger than my own efforts at work. In the Old Testament, Psalm 91 gives us all assurance with this verse:  “The Lord is your protection; you have made God Most High your place of safety.  Nothing bad will happen to you; no disaster will come to your home (New Century Version).”

Mary Baker Eddy, one of the foremost Christian healers of her time, wrote this:  “Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal. “  No stranger to dissonance herself, she came to see that when we understand and trust God’s power and goodness, we increasingly expect and experience harmony.

I find it helpful to understand that there is never a point that we cannot anticipate a healthy and positive resolution to any and all situations that come before us, no matter how untenable. For the sake of our own health and peace of mind, we should not view past mistakes or disturbances in a vacuum. We can learn to see the greater whole of our life – guided and protected by this larger divine force for good – and these ups and downs as mere stepping stones that we can leave behind where they belong. That is true harmony.

Kim Wiklund, a valued member of Kate’s blog team, is a life-long spiritual seeker who began her study of Christian Science relatively recently.  As such, she looks forward to exploring more about spirituality and the important part it plays in our overall health through her blogs.  She is a classically trained guitarist and recently took up the banjo as well.