Yin and Yang in themselves are of course opposites, so we use Yin and Yang to generalize opposing elements such as up and down, left and right, day and night, water and fire, male and female, inside and outside. But Yin and Yang do not exist in separated and independent forms. Yin and Yang are two faces of a whole, or, it may be said, Yin and Yang join together and combine into a whole. – Jinghan He
Opposites need one another to thrive. Too much of any one thing leads to its own demise. In honoring two sides we create balance.
Last night I attended a Yin yoga class at the studio where I practice a yoga that is all Yang. I learned there are three parts to this practice. 1.) Going to the edge. 2.) Stillness. 3.) Time. Each pose is held for three to five minutes as you gently find your edge. Go to the place where you can breathe easily but you are stretching to your limit. Then be still without labored breath. Being in this place longer than usual, letting go of thoughts, abandoning the need to rush.
These three parts balance out the way I rush around in life. Doing just enough to get by, buzzing like a bee, hurrying to the next place. This practice got me to thinking where I can bring Yang to by Yin and Yin to my Yang. Balance out creating wholeness.
Where in your life would it benefit you to consider the opposite?
Jenny Gwinn McGlothern is a Certified Transformational Master Life Coach, Retreat Leader and Writer. As founder of Mama Needs A Refill, LLC, her restorative retreats for women business, she is passionate about all people, not just mamas, receiving an authentic physical, mental, emotional, spiritual refill. She says, “One cannot pour from an empty cup,” and offers her clients the possibility and power of pouring for themselves, first. She is also co-facilitator at Seattle Life Coach Training (www.seattlelifecoachtraining.com), where the school “trains to transform lives.” You can find her on FaceBook, www.FaceBook.com/MamaNeedsARefill or visit her website: www.mamaneedsarefill.com)