Have you ever been in a room that didn’t feel good to be in but you couldn’t figure out what was wrong? Chances are the Yin/Yang components were out of balance. By learning some simple concepts you can arrange each room of your home to support the activities and needs of the people who live there, creating a greater sense of harmony, comfort and balance.
Yin and Yang are at the foundation of the Ancient Practice of Feng Shui. It has to do with the recognition that the universe is made up of opposite forces of energy which cannot exist without each other. They are finely balanced and, like polar sides of a magnet, are innately attracted to each other.
The Yin/Yang symbol depicts two fish gliding together in perfect balance. Each is carrying components of the other; the black fish with the white eye and the white fish with the black eye. They swim together in perfect harmony creating a circle, the most ancient symbol depicting wholeness.
Feng Shui acknowledges that we are ancient creatures who naturally seek balance. If our living spaces are not balanced, our lives feel out of balance as well. By learning to work with the Yin and Yang components in our homes, we create supportive spaces that bring our home into balance, setting up a template that also brings our lives into balance.
The concept of Yin refers to the qualities we attribute to the feminine principle which is passive, dark and yielding. Yang refers to the qualities we attribute to the male principle which is bright, active and extroverted.
Applying Yin/Yang to our Homes
So what does this all mean in terms of applying it to physical environments?
First we identify the use of the room, i.e. is it an active or restful space. Then we incorporate objects, shapes, colors, furniture and art that supports activity or restfulness depending upon which quality we are working with.
If it is a restful room we would want to incorporate more Yin features. In active spaces, we would want more Yang features. The key, however, is to make sure we always have some of both qualities and not an over abundance of either.
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