Yin & Yang
Yin and Yang is at the very heart of Feng Shui and Chinese philosophy. It is theessence
of nature, where everything is in a perpetual state of change, moving
from one extreme to the other to create equilibrium or universal balance. To
illustrate yin and yang as universal balance, we will say that yang is daylight
and yin, darkness. Our planet is always half in sunlight and half in darkness and when the sun rises to its meridian, a yin/yang shadow is cast upon the Earth.
The human body, as well as the energy that surrounds us in our homes and offices is also in a state of rise and decline; energy is never constant or fixed and Traditional Chinese Feng
Shui takes this perpetual interaction into account.
Yin and yang information is encoded into ancient symbols known as Trigrams and these form the basic Bagua used in elementary Feng Shui. See our Trigram Trail
Yin and Yang Foods
The principles of Yin and yang can also be used in our diets. For a healthy and well balanced diet, meals should contain three parts yang and two parts yin. Using more yin foods than yang can also be helpful in calming children who tend to be hyperactive but common sense must prevail and you should always seek medical advice before making changes to a diet.
All foods fall into three categories; yin foods, yang foods and neutral foods. The term yin or yang relates to whether a food is a cooling or a warming food. Do not be fooled by simple assumptions; these terms often have nothing to do with the taste, nor how it is cooked. They instead relate to deeper essences of the foods nature. You might assume that all drinks are cooling; however beer is but brandy is not. Here is a very basic food list:
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