Finding Balance in Imbalanced Times

What a strange year it has been, paradoxically both speeding by and slogging on. A year full of stress, anxiety, political division, a pandemic, and a future unknown. Though it has been hard for me to find balance in these times, I have found much solace in the ideas behind Chinese medicine. For example, in the theory of yin and yang, the universe is made of two opposing forces that are always moving toward balance. This can be seen in the yin yang symbol below in which there are two equal halves, black and white. This process of balance is dynamic, not static, so that when things swing too far in either direction, it is guaranteed that they will eventually swing back. Things may feel imbalanced now but know that balance will return once again.

Yin Yang

Yin and yang are also interdependent and cannot exist without each other. This is why both halves of the yin yang symbol contain a dot of color of the other. For example, there cannot be day without night, expansion without contraction, or activity without rest. Basically, yin and yang are really just two different aspects of the same singular unity that is constantly shifting from one form to another. In this time of great political division, it is important to remember that we are all interdependent, too, and cannot exist without each other. Hopefully one day we too shall be unified.

The concept of chi symbolizes this unity as well. In this theory everything has a common denominator, everything in the universe is a different manifestation of chi. Chi is an ancient Daoist concept that refers to the primary force that forms, connects, and governs the interplay of everything in existence. It is the basic power of the universe that enables things to go, move, change, shift, and transform. The theory of chi is very similar to the theory of energy as it is understood in physics; everything is chi and chi can neither be created nor destroyed, only transferred or converted to another form. This theory is an important reminder that we are all one, that we are all in this together we will get through this together. It is also a reminder that everything is in a constant state of change and that nothing lasts forever; the universe is always in a process of transformation. By their nature, major transformations can be bumpy so hang in there. I'm looking forward to the next phase, aren't you?

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