Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wen Tzu - Verse 94, Part III

from Verse Ninety-Four
Yin and yang cannot be permanent; it is winter for a time, and summer for a time. The moon does not know the day, the sun does not know the night.
~ Wen-tzu: Understanding the Mysteries ~
There are two sides to everything in life. The Chinese call these forces yin and yang, but what we choose to label them is of little consequence. To understand one aspect, we must understand the other.

For example, a coin has its "heads" side and its "tails" side. Neither can exist without the other and both are part of the same coin.

In this same vein, each of us is passive and aggressive, focused and unfocused, loving and hateful, serious and playful. As long as we can maintain a balance between our opposing aspects, we will maintain a healthy body and spirit. It is when we allow ourselves to fall out of balance that our bodies and minds become sick.

This post is part of a series. For an introduction, go here.

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