The ubiquitous yin-yang symbol holds its roots in Taoism/Daoism, a Chines religion and philosophy. The yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, femininity, darkness, passivity, absorption and the trough of waves. The yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, heaven, maleness, activity, penetration, passion and growth. It is thought of as the two complementary forces that make up all aspects and phenomena of life. Here are a few more characteristics when it comes to yin and yang.
Yin: small, cold, subtle, textured, rough, quiet, old, dirty, slow, calm, curvy.
Yang: large, hot, bold, plain, smooth, loud, new, clean, fast, active, straight.
My yin-yang graphic is finally up and the Tiny abode is ever evolving. I’ve been doing some work over the last couple of days and I am grateful that I was physically up to it. Star-lights are hung, pictures and canvases went up, my hat has found it’s perfect place and even the new Mattress has shown up and is finally in place. What looked like a storage unit, has turned into a home again and a sanctuary. I am beyond glad about it, although the mattress left me feeling hurt and sore being too firm after sleeping on it for the first time. A 3” mattress topper is on the way and will hopefully come to my rescue. Geeeez…
I’ve had the decal for three month now, and putting it up was a tedious process that couldn’t be done alone. Had I known what was involved, it probably would have discouraged me from getting it. Of course it didn’t help that I picked a complex design with many dots, flower petals and the such of it. I’ve always been drawn not so much to the symbol itself that makes yin and yang, but to the concept of the darkness and the light. It lives within all of us and both sides are necessary as we go through our day to day life. Darkness and pain have been two of my greatest teachers and it usually takes a lot of ugliness that we face, from ourselves and others, until we are back on track and cross the hurdle we find ourselves stuck on. And sometimes it just takes a good kick in the ass to get us moving, even when it doesn’t feel pleasant at the time. Yin and yang is also represented in my two Remo drums of which one is black and the other one is white. The black one has a deep earth sound, like a bass and reminds me of the heartbeat of Mother Earth. A steady solid rhythm that is felt to the core. The white drum has a much higher, lighter sound, almost like an echo, reminding me of all that we aspire to, of karma and the return of all that we sent out into the world.
Looking at yin and yang, I wonder if there is a side I am more drawn to, a side that resembles me more. Honestly I can’t say and that itself is my answer as I am coming into balance between the darkness and the light.