We first looked at the possible problems of having too much yin and ways to add more yang to mark the start of 2009. This article is timed for the start of the Chinese New Year – the year of the Ox.
The first thing to note is that it is entirely healthy and common for people to be either more yin or more yang. Each is a different type of chi. Yin (the shady side of the mountain) is a cooler, slower and more dispersed chi. Yang (the sunny side of the mountain) is warmer, swifter and more compressed chi.
There are many positive benefits of being particularly yang in nature. People who have natural yang qualities tend to be more focused and precise. If you have a lot of yang then you’re likely to active and lead a more dynamic lifestyle than those people with an abundance of yin over yang.
Far too much yang, however, can be bad as these attributes become negative. How can you tell if you’ve too much yang? Compare yourself to the following list of symptoms;
- You often feel stiff or your limbs feel tight
- You or your body is often too tense
- You suffer from dry skin
- You are often coping with stress
- You are quick to angry
- You may suffer from constipation
- You have a need to always be in control
Feng shui is one long term solution to these symptoms as it may be improving the flow of chi through your home will help you accentuate and boost your natural yin qualities. After all; too much yang is just the same as not enough yin.
There are also a number of steps you can take to directly give your natural yin a boost. In many ways, these steps echo the natural qualities of yin – the cooler, more disperse of the two types of chi.
- Find some time to meditate
- Try to eat more fresh fruit and salads
- Drink more juices and still water
- Wear pastel coloured clothes
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes
- Try stretching exercises
- Spend time outside and with nature
- Listen to calming and relaxing music
- Make use of softer lightings and candles
In Pure Spirit
Did you find this short collection of tips and tricks useless? Please feel free to share any tips of your own for boosting yin and coping with a naturally high amount of yang.
All the best for the year of the Ox.