Yin And Yang

Yin and Yang are the two cosmic forces that represent the masculine and feminine, but they are the opposing forces but cannot exist without each other. Yin is cold, very quiet and dark, while yang energy is warm, vibrant, active and alive. Even in your home, a balance of yin and yang energy should be created.

Too much yin (quiet, dark place) might make you feel depressed with no energy or happiness. We will not feel like socializing and even be a little lonely. In many cases, our fate is also affected negatively if yin is the predominant energy. Even the weather can play a role if it gets too cold or rainy and dreary. Thus, we should not wait for good weather to return but make efforts to balance it out.

On the other hand, too much yang (stress, loud music, talking, etc.) will create internal tensions. This is common because, throughout the day, we replenish our internal yang energy automatically with only physical activity (e.g walking, going to work or the gym). Too much of yang will then make us yearn for more yin activity(e.g quiet time alone at home).

If you can balance these cosmic forces, good fortune will improve dramatically. These are two quick tips to improve yin yang balance in your home:

Tip 1: If a room in your house is too yin, meaning if there is no natural light and is very quiet and then introduce more yang energy by introducing light and sound. You can add bright lighting and play some music or turn on the television. Pets are also great sources of yang energy in any room of the house.
Tip 2: If the room is to yang, meaning too bright and full of too much sunlight, for instance, then use curtains or blinds to lower the tone of things. Try using fabrics and colors to help achieve the balance you need.

Six Main Principles of Yin and Yang Relationship

According to Chinese philosophy, everything can be described as either yin or yang. In Traditional Chinese medicine, each of the five elements has a pair of yin and yang organs. The yin organ meridian has a downward flow of energy and the yang upward. An imbalance of the yin-yang ratio can cause illness. Every individual needs to find this balance depending on their own constitution, climate, season, occupation, and even emotional environment.

If in perfect health, the individual should be able to adapt to any of the inevitable changes in life. These are the following six principles of yin and yang:

1. Yin and yang are opposites
Everything has its opposite—although this is never absolute, only comparative. No one thing is completely yin or completely yang. Each contains the seed of its opposite. For example, cold can turn into hot; or season changes of the year.

2. Yin and yang are interdependent
Nothing is totally Yin or totally Yang. The classics state “ Yin creates Yang and Yang activates Yin”… One cannot exist without the other. For example, the day cannot exist without night.

3. Yin and yang can be further subdivided into yin and yang
Any Yin or Yang aspect can be further subdivided into yin and yang. For example, the temperature can be seen as either hot or cold.

4. Yin and yang consume and support each other
The relative levels of Yin Yang are continuously changing. Normally this is a harmonious change, but when Yin or Yang are out of balance they affect each other, and too much of one can eventually weaken (consume) the other. There are four possible imbalances: Excess yin, excess yang, yin deficiency, yang deficiency.

5. Yin and yang can transform into one another
At a particular stage, yin can transform into yang and vice versa. For example, life changes to death.
One can change into the other, but it is not a random event, happening only when the time is right. For example, Spring only comes when winter is finished.

6.Part of yin is in yang and part of yang is in yin
There are always traces of one in the other. For example, there is always light within the dark (e.g., the stars at night), these qualities are never completely one or the other.

Causes of disease according to Yin Yang Theory

In the human body, major organs are paired according to yin and yang. Yang has to do with function and movement. Yin provides the structure. Thus, the six fu (hollow) organs, responsible for moving and transforming substances, are considered yang.

The five Zang (solid) organs, used for collecting and storing, are classified as yin. Qi is yang; blood is yin. The physical body is yang and the soul is yin. The causes of human disease, according to the theory of yin and yang is as follow:

1. Yang (external) causes
-Acute physical traumas such as cuts, burns, and fractures involve some form of localized damage. The causes are evident and are clearly not the result of a yin disturbance. Western medicine is, therefore, the most effective treatment for this type of injury. Common sense tells us that if our artery is cut, we would want to stop the bleeding immediately with emergency medical intervention.
– Organic factors, such as viruses or bacteria also fall under the category of yang causes of illness, because they are external pathogens that disturb yang functions. Modem medicine would also be the recommended treatment for these types of diseases, especially in epidemic situations.

2. Yin (internal) causes
– Emotional factors, such as sadness and depression can disturb the yin aspects of a person and bring about disease. According to Western medicine, these kinds of illnesses would be considered psychosomatic.
– Prolonged bouts of depression and other types of intense emotion can make one more susceptible to illness. Stress and even the fear of illness itself may lead to diseases. This kind of phenomenon is referred to as a yin disturbance. Diseases brought on by yin causes can be complicated and modern medicine has not proven to be consistently effective in treating them. Thus, Traditional Chinese medicine using yin yang and the Five Elements concepts (e.g acupuncture) have a place here.

3. Transformation of Yin to Yang and Yang to Yin Disease
– The Yin/Yang theory also states that everything is constantly changing. This includes diseases. The disease can change for the better or for the worse and can transform from a yin condition to yang condition or vice versa. An example of this transformation is the change from a long-term condition of high blood pressure, which was originally caused by yin factors, to cerebral hemorrhaging or heart attack, which is acute or yang diseases.

Introduction to Yin and Yang in the macrobiotic diet

“Chi’ energy, or ‘life force’ circulates freely through a healthy body, but is blocked in an unhealthy body, causing illness. Chi energy becomes blocked when one has an improper diet combined with extreme weather conditions (hot or cold). Illness occurs when someone overindulges in the wrong foods, under indulges in the right foods and eats foods that might not be good for their particular physiological environment.

Foods differ in their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional effects and can be divided into three main types; Yin, Yang and balanced. Yin foods are cooling, while Yang foods are warming to the human system. Together, they combined in balance produce an equalization that translates into health for living creatures.

Macrobiotic cooking incorporates an ever-moving relationship between the opposite but complementary energies of yin and yang. The idea is to balance energies. For example, in summer the most yang time of year, we want to balance the hot energy with light, watery, lightly cooked and raw foods.

We eat more salads, fruits and select moderate foods like fish over the intense yang foods which we eat more of in winter. As the season changes to cooler and then cold weather, the ovens come on; we prepare soups (which can have both yin and yang energies), stews and roasts, and choose more from the yang end of the spectrum. This ensures that we will stay warm.

The following list is a basic guideline for yin and yang foods.

Generally speaking, we want to choose most of our foods from the middle of the list (from temperate fruits to fish). Foods from the extremes are used sparingly and carefully. Foods are in the “balanced” or recommended zone of foods to eat.

Yin foods: Milk, alcohol, sugar, honey, oil, fruit juices, spices, stimulants, tropical vegetables and fruits (e.g banana, mangoes), refined food, food additives or chemical nature
Yang foods: Poultry, seafood, eggs, meat, salt, fish, cheese
Balanced foods: Seeds, nuts, vegetables, cereal grains, beans, sea vegetables, temperate fruits (i.e. apples and pears)

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