Yin Yang

Yin Yang

Pristine sunshine

On your hanging flowers

Pink, white and purple

Fresh innocence.

Clear ocean sunlight.

A new world of simplicity

Surprises me every time

I wake at your house

 

I am the darkened one

In this relationship

Battered and broken

Struggling for wholeness always

While you trip lightly

Just above the surface

Surprised by depth

But recognizing it when you see it

Drawn in with some relief

 

Yet you love me

And I you

I don’t know why

Creating some kind of balance

As I pull you in

And you push me out

In this erotic emotional dance

We do together

© Jill Joy 2012

In Asian philosophy, the concept of yin yang (simplified Chinese: 阴阳; traditional Chinese: 陰陽; pinyin: yīnyáng), which is often referred to in the West as “yin and yang”, is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other. Many natural dualities—e.g. dark and light, female and male, low and high, cold and hot, water and fire, air and earth— are thought of as manifestations of yin and yang (respectively).

Yin yang are not opposing forces (dualities), but complementary opposites that interact within a greater whole, as part of a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects as light cannot exist without darkness and vice-versa, but either of these aspects may manifest more strongly in particular objects, and may ebb or flow over time. The concept of yin and yang is often symbolized by various forms of the Taijitu symbol, for which it is probably best known in western cultures.

There is a perception (especially in the West) that yin and yang correspond to evil and good. However, Taoist philosophy generally discounts good/bad distinctions and other dichotomous moral judgments, in preference to the idea of balance. (citation from wikipedia.org)

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