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Posted on 11-05-2018

Yin and Yang

As many of you know, Benny was on vacation last week.

More to the point, Benny's people were on vacation last week.

Over the previous 6 weeks, I had had 3 days off.

That is not a complaint.

That is an example of bad scheduling on my part.

In traditional Chinese medicine there is the idea of Yin and Yang.

These are often thought of as opposites.

More accurately, though, they are complementary pairs of attributes.

For example rest is Yin, and activity is Yang.

One is not better than the other, nor does one oppose the other.

In fact, each one is definitely complemented by the other.

As we are active, we create the need for rest (and recovery).

As soon as we rest, we are able to take on more activity.

We often focus on the activity. 

However, rest is an integral part of recovery and our ability for more activity.

In the traditional Chinese medicine assessment of a patient is the assessment of the balance between Yin and Yang.

We can be excessive in either one, and we can be deficient in either one.

Balance is the key.

Restoring balance is often a part of treatment.

Restoring balance was also a part of Benny's vacation.

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