''To be still, to know harmony and to be in joy are the natural impulses of the inner-heart.''
The word Harmony comes from the Greek word ‘harmonia’ which means ‘accord, agreement, union, proportion’ The word ‘harmonia’ in turn derives from the Greek verb ‘harmoizein’ which means ‘to join, to connect, to be in accord, to fit together’ and from the Indo-European root ‘ar’ which means ‘to unite, to adhere, to put in order’.
Every single one of us is part of a great whole and carries within the divine qualities of the Soul. Those qualities are Harmony, Love, Truth, Stillness and Joy. You cannot have one of these qualities without the other because we ALL are all equally so. Of course we all know that not everyone expresses in a loving, truthful, harmonious, joyful or still way. For example, have you ever noticed how disharmonious it feels when a cupboard door is left open or closed with a big bang?
Neither is it harmonious or joyful when someone expresses towards you in anger and these are just ordinary day to day occurrences that we all too often accept as normal. At essence Harmony is an energetic vibration that is healing in nature and disharmony is an energetic vibration that is harmful – there is no middle ground. These vibrations not only affect each and every one of us but also the whole planet and all life. It is our responsibility and evolution to return to Harmony and correct all imprints of disharmony that we have littered ourselves and this planet with.
AL M'ADINA's workplace does not only increase employees’ creativity, but it turns its office into a serene, yet efficient work environment
Our motivation is the key; it influences the choices we make, determines the karmic or ethical value of what we do, and affects what we do and how we do it. At AL M'ADINA, we take our time in contemplating the meaning of our motivation so that it will remain steadfast in our mind during the day. When we first get up in the morning, we practice generating this motivation and see how it affects our day, especially our relationships with the people at your work place and your family.
At AL M'ADINA, we gather for a short meeting every morning to plan the day’s activities. Then we recite together this verse to bring harmony to our "workplace": ''We are grateful for the opportunity to offer service to AL M'ADINA and to our clients and colleagues. While working, differences in ideas, preferences, and ways of doing things from our companions may arise. These are natural and are a source of creative exchange; our minds don’t need to make them into conflicts. We will endeavor to listen deeply and communicate wisely and kindly as we work together for our common goal. By using our body and speech to support the values we deeply believe in generosity, kindness, ethical discipline, love, and compassion, and we create great merits, which we dedicate for the enlightenment of all beings.''
During the day, we practice being mindful of how we speak and act towards others. We are aware of the intentions that lie behind those actions. If we notice that our mind is getting agitated, aggravated, annoyed, or arrogant, we stop and breathe.
One element in cultivating good relationships at work is honesty. We do not lie and deceive or cheat our customers and clients. In other words, what we ask from our clients and colleagues is to care about others more than money and fame. Human beings have feelings; they want to be happy and avoid suffering. They do so much to help us. Money, on the other hand, is simply pieces of paper, and fame and reputation are nothing more than other people’s fleeting, unreliable thoughts about us.
In conclusion, to create the causes of happiness now and in the future, let’s integrate our best practice into our work. Generating a good motivation each morning; being mindful of what we say, do, and think when we are with others; and applying antidotes to unproductive habitual behaviors, is the ''only'' way of affiliating with AL M'ADINA.