Everything in the world can be described as either yin or yang. Cool/Heat, Night/Day, Earth/Sky, Feminine/Masculine
You could say that yin and yang are principles. Yang, whose Chinese character means “the sunny side of the hill, “is the principle of activity, and yin means “the shady side” and represents the principle of reflection.
Yin is Feminine, passive and the moon. Yang is Masculine, positive and activity. Yin is the left side of our body which represents our feminine and Yang is the right side of our body which represents our Masculine.
To stay in balance we need to understand what balance means to our body. Everyone is different, everyone is built uniquely. If I see someone who has broken their right leg, it can indicate that they are not balanced on their Masculine side. For a long time I always had problems with my left side. If I had any ailments or health issues, it was always on my left side which is my feminine, which can indicate I was not nurturing myself enough and connecting to my feminine energy; when I balanced this in my life, I had less issues on my left side.
Practising Reiki and Counselling, I have learnt that when our Yin/Yang energy is out of balance it is reflected in health issues either on the left or right side of our body and once we diagnose what we a lacking in, we can often re-balance our energy and heal.
Disease is prevented by living a balanced lifestyle, like the examples below.
- Excessive work Yang/Masculine without rest leads to deficiency of Yin/Female energy.
- Excessive consumption of cold food (Yin/Female) leads to deficiency of body’s Yang/Male energy.
- Smoking (adding heat ‘Yang’ into Lungs) leads to deficiency of Yin of Lungs (and eventually Kidneys).
So how do we balance Yin and Yang energy? By practising balance in every area of our life. Knowing when to slow down or increase our energy, knowing when to stop and listen. In order to listen to our body and know it’s needs, we need to practice stillness and connect to our inner voice and become aware of how our body feels.
There is so much to learn about our body and how it can work effectively and yet, the simple balance of nurturing and activity alone, can help us understand to take care and respect the precious gift of health.