By laurareyda24991908, Jan 24 2017 04:15PM
My daughter, Sonja and I went to the Women’s March on Washington DC this past weekend. Apart from the march being an empowering and amazing experience for all of us, my traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) mind kept going back to the idea of “Extreme Yin”.
Let’s unpack some traditional terms here to illustrate the oxymoron of “Extreme Yin”. In TCM theory, illness/ disharmony happen when there is an imbalance. An imbalance of what you say? An imbalance of yin and yang I say. Words like nurturing, cool, fluids, internal, night, darkness, female, and winter are yin in nature. The yin time is a time to be internal, a time to rejuvenate. Yang, the opposite of yin, is heat, external, male. The yang time is summer. It is a time to live externally. We as a culture reward yang behavior above all else. If you are too yin, you’re not getting enough done.
Now that we understand the terms yin and yang, there are a couple rules that apply to their theory.
1. Yin and Yang are interdependent. One cannot exist without the other.
2. When one reaches its fullest extent, it has nowhere to go but to turn into the other (notice the yin/yang symbol below). An example of this is the winter solstice. When we reach the shortest day of the year, the most yin day of the year, there is nowhere to go but to turn back into yang. The days get longer, and yang starts expressing itself.
This brings us to “Extreme Yin”, which at face value means that you are asleep. At the march however, the unashamed ferociousness of the rhetoric was empowering to many of us. It was taking a very yang stance on a very yin subject. After such a yang expression of our yin-ness (if that is even a word), there is nowhere else to go but to turn into yin again. In fact, my dear friend is hosting a post card party this weekend to start writing to congress to protect the ideals that we all stand for. This small gathering is the embodiment of the cycle returning to a more balanced state of yin and yang.