What is yin-yang? This question is at once utterly simple and wildly complicated. Because yin and yang are the most commonly known concepts from Chinese philosophy, they have practically become English words themselves. This familiarity may suggest that their meanings are obvious but this is hardly so. In the TED-Ed video below, John Bellaimey explains the more subtle and lesser known aspects of yinyang. Please enjoy!
If you’re ready to dive even deeper into the hidden meanings of yin and yang, then you can’t go wrong with The Ultimate Guide to Yin Yang: An Illustrated Exploration of the Chinese Concept of Opposites. This book is for everyone who are interested in Taoism, alternative medicine, martial arts and other Eastern fields of study. Here’s what the author writes about his book:
The aim of all my work is to bring complex ideas to a wider audience without losing the richness of the subject, and this book is no different. It opens a gateway into the mysterious world of yinyang and gives you two paths to follow. The first leads you to a solid historical understanding of the origins and evolution of yinyang; the second is a way to use these ancient teachings in your own life, to follow the sage masters of old and benefit from the bounty of the eternal Dao.
Complement with Lao Tzu and his teaching on the value of opposite forces in our lives.