Understanding Yin and Yang

YIN YANG

I have been studying the human body since I was 16 years old. I started when I decided I wanted to learn to paint and sculpt figures to make works of art. So I went to a school where we had a doctor teaching us the bone, muscle structures and functions of the body. I was still a young girl when I first learned to design each bone and muscle separately, and learned the biology about the interior organs, the nervous system and how they function. This gave me a good idea of the human structure and eventually I was able to connect all the pieces and design a whole being. In my artwork, I always searched for expressing beauty.

Years later, through the Macrobiotic teaching, I learned how to apply a very ancient philosophy of harmonizing the body with nature through the balancing of complementary opposites. I always have known that eating wholesome food keeps us well, but the knowledge that I learned trough the study of Zen Buddhists of the high plains of Japan was different. I learned that the real purpose of Macrobiotic is the ability and power to control our own health and how we feel, Yes, by what we choose to put in our mouth and the activities that we choose to engage in through our life. We must choose them in accordance with the changes of the seasons and our health condition.

The macrobiotic approach to well-being is a holistic teaching of how to change any aspect or portion of our body and lifestyle. It teaches that the way we do things has an effect on everything else, including the world we live in. We are all connected! The Chinese link heaven, earth and man through the TAO, dividing all things into complementary dualities: Without cold, the concept of hot does not exists, without good there is no concept of evil, without new there is not old, without life there is not death, without day there is no night. We can go on and on listing opposites forever… the bottom line is that Yin exists within Yang, and Yang exists within Yin.

This Yin Yang concept links humans with their surroundings. These are two complementary primordial forces that govern the Universe and together make all aspects of life and matter. Now the Chinese call Yin the contracting force, and Yang the expanding force, while the Japanese reverse those polarities and called Yin the expanding force and the Yang the contracting force. This can lead to a bit of confusion if you go to a macrobiotic counselor for help and then you go to a Chinese doctor for a second opinion. So this difference is a good thing to know, it took me awhile to figure it out, especially because in the western hemisphere there are no words to translate Yin and Yang.

The bottom line is that we need to make a balanced and harmonious union between these two forces interacting in our life if we want to be healthy and live a long, productive life. This world is full of polarizations, we need to stop to see one side good and demonize the other, both polarities are an essential part of this life on Earth.

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