They say Nature is all about balance between opposing forces; life comes in pairs…darkness and light, fire and water, left and right, day and night, heat and cold, right and wrong, joys and sorrows, men and women…opposing or contrary forces that are actually complementary, interconnected and even interdependent…the yin and yang of life!A concept borrowed from Chinese philosophy, where it forms the central principle, yin-yang has had an extensive influence on all aspects of Chinese civilisation be it medicine, philosophy, politics, literature or visual arts. It’s a simple but powerful idea~~ all objects and even events are the products of two elements or principles : Yin ( the force that is negative, weak, passive and destructive) and Yang (that which is positive, strong, active and constructive). The important part is that they are not separate or independent of each other. In the traditional symbol, they exist together in the harmony of a perfect orb with a portion of the opposite element within each.
So too in life– look carefully and everything has both yin and yang aspects. Night falls with the promise of a new dawn; shadows cannot form without light; millionaires exist because you have the poor to measure their wealth against; the optimist becomes the foil for the pessimist; winter carries within it the seeds of spring; the beautiful appear so for there exist the ugly; you cannot have cleanliness without things being untidy–ones identity is only different in as much as there is something to be different from. Without one there is no other.
Harmony in our own lives is about striking the right balance between opposing forces that constantly challenge us. In the words of a wise-soul…
“If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.”