HOW YIN CAN RESTORE YOUR ENERGY, AND WHY PRODUCING SOMETHING ISN’T ALWAYS PRODUCTIVE

The concept of yin and yang has always fascinated me, even when I never fully understood what it meant to me. But as I explore the concept I’ve realised just how much a role it plays in my life, and that being mindful of Yin and Yang can actually create more comfort and flow within my life.

I’ve spoken about it before, but I love to ‘DO’ things. I make lists, get stuff done and I tick it off. And I enjoy it. But when I spend too much time in that state I can feel overwhelmed, stressed and totally out of sync.

THIS IS YANG.

Yang is the state of doing, and is attached to an outcome. Yang is the male energy.

Yin is the state of being. This is the female energy.

Yin is self love, sitting quietly, dancing freely, being in nature, reading a book, laying in the sun. All the things that don’t necessarily produce a physical outcome.

AND WHILE WE'RE TALKING OUTCOMES ... 

As a society in general, we have become fascinated with producing. That could be a clean house, a fit body, a great hairstyle, writing a book etc. We love to produce a physical result for the time we invested.

Hands up if you’re guilty.
(My hand is raised!)

But what if we didn’t actually have to produce something at every minute of every day?
What if just ‘being’ was actually producing the most valuable thing of all?

YOUR TRUTH.

What I mean, is that when we slow down, stop ‘yang-ing’ all over the place, we actually have the chance to connect with how we feel.

ENTERING INTO A YIN STATE ALLOWS US TO RESTORE AND REBUILD. GIVING US THE ENERY AND HEART CENTRED DIRECTION WE NEED WHEN WE ENTER BACK INTO YANG.

Yin energy brings you into the present, and allows your truth to radiate from your core.

Yin is deep breathes. Soulful chats. Journalling. Meditation. No expectation, no attachements. Yin just IS.

Now I want to be careful here to not alienate yang and label it as bad.

That is not the case.

Imagine if we were a yin-dominate society. Everyone would be away with the fairies, and nothing would ever happen!

IT'S ABOUT FLOW, AND RECOGNISING WHERE YOUR LIFE COULD DO WITH A LITTLE MORE YIN.

Last year I held a workshop at Zen Soul Yoga Retreat, and was lucky enough to stay the whole weekend. (Info on my next workshop) Madonna, the facilitator, spoke about the Chi cycle in depth. And boy did it resonate with me. 

The Chi-Cycle follows the chi energy throughout the body, explaining which times of the day are best for certain activities, based on which organs are supported by your chi energy.

If you haven’t heard of chi-energy it’s the basis of ancient Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and relates to the meridians of the body, and the energy flowing through them. 

For example, when the chi energy is in your spleen, that's a great time for striving forward and achieving. (9am-11am)

The reason this relates so well to yin and yang, is because the chi cycle states that from when you rise, until 1pm you’re in  your yang hours. This is when you body is supported to ‘DO’. Plan, execute, strategise, exercise.

From 1pm until bedtime, this is your yin time. Eat slowly, take deep breathes, tie off loose ends, cook a mindful meal, yin yoga, meditate.

I’m sure that you’re thinking, in a perfect world that would be great, but I live in the real world, and that means work, family commitments and structure.

MY TIP IS TO DO WHAT YOU CAN WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT. 

Even if you spend 10 minutes of yang hours ‘yang-ing’ and 10 minutes in yin hours ‘yin-ing’, it’s all positive steps in the right direction, and slight changes will support your body how it wants to be supported.

If you’d like to know more about the Chi-Cycle, let me know in the comments section below or by emailing me. (hello {at} katecaddle.com)

I’d love to know how this relates to you. Have you played with the ideas of Yin and Yan before, and how do they realte to you? Has this given you an ah-ha that you want to share.

I love hearing from you guys, it lights up my day – plus it reminds me that someone’s reading my words!

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