Supporting Harmony in RelationshipsMay 02, 2019
by Alexandra Johnson
At a recent gathering, two guests began a conversation that created a palpable tension in the room. I was asked what I thought, and saw the pull to present my opinion to the group. Then I remembered the principle of Firmness and Gentleness. If I spoke without forethought, there was the possibility of erring on the side of too much Firmness, increasing the polarization. If I stayed passive, the dialogue could likewise continue to be increasingly reactive. I placed my hand on the shoulder of one of my kids, who was standing next to me. I wished to have Firmness and Gentleness in my touch.
As I leaned, the interest in staying with both qualities brought me to the body. With body-mind connection, I looked at each person in the room. I saw that inherently, we all wanted the same thing—clarity, connection, and greater harmony. Rather than stating my opinion, I asked a few questions that I hoped would illustrate that we were all, actually, on the same page. I wished for my words, like my touch, to also have the quality of Firmness and Gentleness. This had a harmonizing effect on my body, mind and, feelings, and the conversation shifted from divisiveness to examining common goals.
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