What does the word balance mean to you?
Off the top of my head, I think of a teeter totter, or someone doing a yoga pose that requires you to stand on one foot. But, surprisingly, balance isn’t just about holding your breath and hoping that you can stand on one foot and not fall over.
In Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang are symbols used to describe how things in the world are interconnected. (See picture). It is believed that Yin cannot exist without Yang, and Yang cannot exist without Yin. Examples of this same philosophy can be seen in human relationships, human behaviour, and nature.
For example, shadows would not exist if it was not for light. Shadows are essentially darkness, which is the opposite of light. Yet, darkness feeds off of lightness to create shadows.
It is said that opposites attract. Positive and negative magnets stick together, while positive and positive magnets repel. It’s basic science, but it doesn’t just apply to the lab.
As humans, we strive for uniqueness. But what if we didn’t? What if opposites didn’t attract or balance out? Life would be terribly boring. Yes, conflicts would be avoided… but at the same time, new ones would start, because everyone would do, want, and achieve the same things!
Another example of balance in the world is “good and evil”. There is a balance of good and evil in the world, and some would argue that the good doesn’t even begin to make up for the evil, others would argue that it does.
I guess it depends on what you consider good, or evil. Some things, such as wars, cannot be easily classified, because while the war itself might not be “good”, the intentions behind it (such as the pursuit of freedom), might be good.
Even the fact that some things have a mix of opposites in them shows the diversity and balance that exists in the world. Whether you focus your life around the idea of Yin and Yang, or are now realizing it, the idea is definitely an interesting one!
Celebrate your uniqueness, because you are part of what makes life so incredible and special! If we can all do this, then we will achieve a balance; a Yin and Yang, if you will. Except what is so cool about this Yin and Yang is that there aren’t just two counterparts; there are over seven billion, each with a different role and purpose that make up the extravagant balancing act that is life. ☯