What Is Ying And Yang?
All things in nature, as well as all
activities in life, have two opposing aspects: a Yin aspect and a Yang
aspect. Yin means the shadowy side of the mountain, while Yang
translates as 'the sunny side of the mountain.' Yin is associated with
shade, cold, contraction, the moon, water, inactivity, the feminine and
matter. Yang is regarded as brightness, hot, expansion, the sun, fire,
activity the masculine and energy. These apparently opposing aspects
are two sides of the same coin. Hot and cold are characteristics of
temperature; day and night are aspects of time. They exist only in
relation to each other, for how could there be night without day or a
back without a front?
The dynamic tension and constant transformation that takes place
between Yin and Yang is what creates the energy that nourishes nature,
and human life. Yin and Yang are like the pull between positive and
negative electrical forces, or the simple truism that 'opposites
attract.' Yin is female and Yang is male.
And of course it is the union of these two kinds of energy that creates
new life. Yin and Yang make the world go round.
Yin And Yang - A Concept Fundamental To
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Health Care
The symbol of Yin and Yang is a circle,
half-dark (Yin), half-light (Yang), divided by " curving line, which
represents the ceaseless movement and dynamic that underlies all life,
as well as the harmonious balance that exists between opposing forces.
There is a dark dot in the light half, and a light dot in the dark
half, illustrating that phenomena are never exclusively Yin or Yang.
For example, I am short relative to a six-foot person, but I am tall
compared to a four-foot child. The dots also show that the source of
their opposite state is inherent within all phenomena. For example, as
soon as we are born, we have the possibility to die.
This concept of Yin and Yang reflects the Eastern view that opposites
do not have to compete, conquer or come into conflict, since each
aspect contains, complements and balances the other.
Like everything in the universe, we are a combination of Yin and Yang.
Our heads, because they are above, are Yang, while our feet are
Yin. Our backs are Yang and our fronts are Yin. TCM describes every
part of our bodies, including our organs and fluids, as predominantly
Yin or Yang and sees health as the capacity to maintain a balance
between the two within ourselves by living in harmony with the natural
principles of the universe.
If Yin or Yang are out of balance, illness may result. If we have an
excess of Yin, we have a deficiency in Yang, and our symptoms might
include cold hands and feet, slow pulse and tiredness. We may find we
prefer yoga to aerobics, may need time to make decisions and tend to be
good listeners. We may speak softly or quietly. If we have an excess of
Yang we have a deficiency in Yin, and our symptoms might include
constipation, dry lips and excessive sweating. We might find we get
warm easily, like to keep active and naturally initiate activity. We do
not hesitate to go after what we want.