Ying & Yang - The Balance of Life

Posted by Francesco Fellini on

Let's talk about one of the most famous and popular symbols of all times. We've seen them in notebooks, clothes, tattoos, and almost everywhere, but what is the true meaning behind the Yin Yang?  Yin Yang represents the essence of many things in life, because it wisely represents the presence of the opposite forces. This is called Duality, and it ends up with a huge balance.

The symbol for Yin Yang is called the Taijitu. Most people just call it the yin yang symbol in the west. The taijitu symbol has been found in more than one culture and over the years has come to represent Taoism.

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang, describe how seemingly opposite forces may indeed be complementary, and even be interconnected. Chinese philosophy sees these forces acting together in balance like naturally interdependent. Many tangible dualities (such as light and dark, fire and water, expanding and contracting) are thought of as physical manifestations of the duality symbolized by yin and yang. The symbol is easy to admire, two swirls, one black and one white, and each swirl has a dot of the opposite color because each one contains the seed of its opposite side. One cannot exist without the existence of the other.

Duality is found in many belief systems, but Yin and Yang are parts of a Oneness that is also equated with the Tao, which is plainly traduced as "way" or "path". Within the context of traditional Chinese philosophy and religion, the Tao is the intuitive knowing of "life" that cannot be grasped full-heartedly as just a concept but is known nonetheless through actual living experience of one's everyday being. The Yang starts and action, and the Yin receives, completing the cycle.

These are the basic and more accepted examples of what Yin and Yang can be found in life. If you see, Yin elements could not exist without the Yang elements, and vice versa. This is where the balance comes to life, and the whole thing makes more sense.

Yin

Yang

Feminine

Masculine

Negative

Positive

Passive

Active

Inward

Outward

Downward

Upward

Soft

Hard

Cold

Hot

Dark

Light

Inner Organs

Outer Organs

Back

Front

Bottom

Top

 

TED always makes amazing videos, please, watch this on for great easy to digest examples of Yin and Yang in every day’s life.

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