Yin & Yang: Two sides of a coin.

23 Mar

Dark and light, low and high, cold and hot, and female and male — are just a few of the many conceptual manifestations of yin and yang. They represent complimentary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system.

It’s believed in the general Chinese philosophy that pretty much everything has both yin and yang aspects, but either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in particular objects, and may ebb or flow over time.

They certainly have covered all their bases.

Taoist philosophy generally discounts good/bad distinctions and other dichotomous moral judgments, in preference to the idea of simple balance. Yin and yang thus are always opposite yet equal qualities.

Further, whenever one quality reaches its peak, it will naturally begin to transform into the opposite quality: symbolically for example they would say, grain that reaches its full height in summer (fully yang) will produce seeds and die back in winter (fully yin) in an endless cycle. Yin and yang transform each other. Yin is typically characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, nighttime and femininity.

Yang by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, daytime, and masculinity.

How does this relate to our personal interactions? Follow up with this series on balance- new posts going up soon!


2 Responses to “Yin & Yang: Two sides of a coin.”


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