Yin and Yang

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I have always been fascinated by the symbol of Yin and Yang, since I was a young child. This idea of white and black. Two opposite colors or noncolors intertwining one another to create one objective symbol. The symbol of Yin and Yang derives from ancient Chinese philosophy. The Chinese philosophy describes the meaning of Yin and Yang to be how two opposite forces complement one another and give rise to one another as they interrelate to each other. The idea of dark and bright interconnected together as one.

Yin is the black half of the symbol…

  • Female
  • Negativity
  • Death
  • Moon
  • Night
  • Intuitive
  • Passive
  • Soft
  • Cold

Yang is the white half of the symbol…

  • Male
  • Positivity
  • Life
  • Sun
  • Day
  • Logical
  • Active
  • Hard
  • Hot

In Chinese philosophy, we hold both white and black halves within us. The spot of white on black and black on white resembles the interconnection that both halves balance each other. Whether we are male or female we hold each half inside of us. One half could not exist without the other. They complement each other and depend on each other for existence.

Have you noticed in your life if one side is more prevalent than the other? If so, is there a way you can seek the opposite half in order to maintain a balanced life? Yoga is a great practice of harmonizing both Yin and Yang energies. In order to live a fulfilled life, we must find balance within ourselves. We must accept both the positive and the negative. We must accept both dark and bright. We must accept ourselves as one.

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