Rebalancing Yin & Yang

Posted by – March 09, 2016
Categories: Ecology & Sustainability Health & Healing

What initially drew me to Brendan Kelly’s The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis is its holistic understanding of the environmental crisis and the solution it offers for healing. Using his expertise in Chinese medicine, Brendan diagnosed the planet the same way he diagnoses his patients. His book is about the common ailment he found between the two: too much Yang energy and not enough Yin energy. (To better understand these energies, I’ve included a table below the video with some examples.)

Brendan explains that valuing constant activity and continuous expansion has created an imbalance, leaving our need for rest and re-centering ignored. Yang—the energy associated with creation, masculinity, and the power of assertiveness—has grown to immensely overshadow Yin—the energy associated with conclusion, femininity, and the power of receptivity.

Below, Brendan discusses our need to restore the balance between Yin and Yang in order to heal our planet, our culture, and ourselves.

 

 

YIN

YANG

Archetypal Feminine

Archetypal Masculine

Stillness

Movement

Autumn & Winter

Spring & Summer

Subtle

Bold

Receptive

Assertive

Contraction

Expansion

Old

New

Night

Day

Cold

Hot

Passive

Active

Yielding

Solid

Intuition

Logic

Rest

Activity

Tags: Brendan Kelly Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Sustainability & Conservation

About the Author

Marina is the Marketing & Digital Programs Coordinator at North Atlantic Books. After living in New Orleans and Amsterdam, and exploring a couple of continents, she returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to work at NAB. She's passionate about astrology, nonfiction books, and sustainable living, as well as all things metaphysical.