Energetics: Yin and Yang, Masculine and Feminine, Balance in Body and Mind

In mental health, Recovery by Tree House Recovery

You’ve probably heard of the yin yang symbol, which is an ancient Chinese symbol for the union of opposites — the masculine and feminine energies that are present in all of life. Yin is the feminine life force of receptivity, while yang is the masculine force of action. These energies are not about gender, but about expansion and contraction. Life is a series of polarities, a constant balancing act. When we’re aware of these polarities, we can start to learn more about ourselves and our energy. Let’s explore these energies and how you can tap into them for greater awareness and insight into our daily lives and recovery.

The primal pulse of the planet is polarity. The north and south poles are opposites that make Earth magnetic. We need both poles, just as we need yin and yang, masculine and feminine, body and mind. Yin states can be associated with receptivity, harmony, relaxation, rest, and intuition. Yang energy is active, linear, structured, and forward-moving. We need both of these forces. For instance, we can’t jog forever. We need to move and be active just as much as we need deep rest and rejuvenation. 

There will be yin and yang moments in recovery, as it’s a process that’s filled with peaks and valleys, forward-momentum and reflection. When we’re too focused on one element in the polarity, we live in a state of imbalance. If you’re constantly on the move, you’ll eventually burn out. Likewise, if you’re constantly at rest, you’ll struggle to make forward momentum. Notice how these energetic polarities play out in your own life and recovery. How can you bring them into balance? Do you need more rest and reflection or more action and momentum?



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