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Yin and Yang

The ancient Chinese subscribe to a concept called Yin Yang which is a belief that there exist two complementary forces in the universe. One is Yang which represents everything positive or masculine and the other is Yin which is characterized as negative or feminine. One is not better than the other. Instead they are both necessary and a balance of both is highly desirable.

I recently had occasion to lounge in a backyard, watching the butterflies landing around me, the trees filled with birds chirping and, well…seeing the grass in need of long overdue maintenance.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am an urban dweller, a true city lover. I love everything about urban life – walking across the street to my neighbourhood cafĂ©, easy access to wonderful restaurants, shops, galleries and parks, regular visits to an excellent food market... Even that particular smell of freshly fallen rain on concrete city streets brings a smile to my face.

Having said that, I couldn't live without the great outdoors. I feel grounded and at peace when I spend time out in the country - on a hike, on a bike ride or even just a picnic or a walk. That time spent connected with nature refreshes and recharges me like little else.

It’s strange that it seems a dichotomy, but I suppose it’s nothing more than the natural yin and yang that we each have within us. Too much time in any one place wouldn’t feel balanced, and we know what I’ve said about balance

So now that spring is well upon us, I’m taking a moment to listen to those birds, to watch the flowers as they bloom, and...to help my friends tend to their weeds. Then I get to go home and sit on my downtown balcony battling the pesky pigeons. But that’s a whole other story…

What’s your yin yang? Do you believe it exists? How is it apparent in your life?

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