Sunday, March 9, 2008

Yin Yang - Balance

Dictionary definitions of symmetry often mention correspondence of parts on either side of an axis after the idea of pleasing proportion, beauty, and harmony. One can apply the ideas of polarized opposites and harmonious complements to a seemingly infinite number of situations that exist in our lives and in the workings of the universe. Sir Isaac Newton is perhaps best known for his third law, which states that "for every action, there is opposed an equal and opposite reaction."

While the complementary "halves" of such relationships may not always appear to be equal (as in my tattoo), eventually most of them do turn out that way. Day and night are equal amounts of time only twice a year, at the equinoxes. But over the course of a year, every place on earth has day and night half of the time. Seeing Taoist balance often requires that the viewer step back, in either space or time, and take a longer view.

Oppression always breeds rebellion. So natural is this instinct that for the most part, things tend not to shift to extremes. The need for relative stability and balance usually keeps things hovering in a range near the center, but the greater the trend in one direction, the more extreme the response will be.

Yin and yang represents nature's ability to keep things in balance in a constantly shifting process of give and take.


Anonymous said...

got it, love it!-Mia

Anonymous said...

that's one of the most beautiful renditions of the yin yang wheel i've seen. beautiful! curious though, is the design made of letters? - cal