Choose Yin

save the world

“Our planet will be saved by women not men. Men think they can solve their problems through violence. Jesus, Gandhi and other great souls knew that men have no fear of violence – they’ve been killing since Cain and Abel. So they conquered men by acting like women. They brought yin to the planet, not more yang, and that’s how our planet will be saved.

You can do this too. Choose Yin. Start small. Decide to harm no living thing, including yourself, in thought, word or deed for one hour. Then extend it for two hours. Then perhaps for an entire morning.”

by Sister Mary Ann Kelley.
Taken from Soul To Soul by John Mundahl

This is such a strong statement by Sister Mary Ann.

It isn’t easy to choose yin over yang in a world that dismisses gentleness, and often sees softness as weakness. There is violence everywhere – in a world at war, the news, sports, entertainment and the media. In the words we hear and use, and even in our self talk.

yin tang of nature

Yang is everywhere. Yet as the Yin Yang symbol shows, both are a part of the natural balance of life. We cannot have one over the other. But we can choose which to embrace more in our lives.

I like to think that choosing Yin brings the world back into balance.

Tonight I start a Yin Yoga Teacher Training weekend at Hummingbird Yoga and Massage in Bryn Mawr.

May we all embrace this nourishing peaceful side of ourselves in the learning ahead.

Namaste

16 thoughts on “Choose Yin

  1. Yes, may that eternal balance be found as we step through this land and discover that love we have always looked for, is waiting gently inside us all ❤️
    Great post Val 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋 🦘 🐬 🐳 🌺 🌹 🌈

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  2. Beautiful, yes, if we can do it for an hour or two, we can do it for day or two, too, a week or two, too . . . Why stop? Thought you were in Wales for a minute there, Val, then found out Bryn Mawr (trans: Big Hill) is in Pennsylvania, whilst Brynmawr is in Wales. H ❤

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  3. I agree. Balance is what it’s all about in life. There’s too much emphasis on achievement, perfection, constantly striving for the (sometimes) unattainable.

    Being kind to oneself is another of my goals each day. After all if one can’t be kind to oneself, how can we be kind to others.

    I also try to embrace the concept of Wabi sabi. Imperfection. My Goddaughter (who is also a photographer and artist) introduced it to me a few years ago and I try to keep it in my thoughts as I go about my day.

    For those who don’t know………..
    In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Wikipedia

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  4. this reminds me of the last time I voted. for some of the judicial positions, I admittedly did not know some of the candidates, so I came up with a simple rule – choose a woman over a man. not sure why, but perhaps subconsciously it had to do with this yin yang tradeoff. Enjoy your training!

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