I went for a trail run the other morning and it started to rain. Rain in the woods is so magical. You don’t get that wet because you’re protected by the dense canopy of trees, but the forest seems to come alive with color. The greens become so vibrant, like the leaves and plants are instantly hydrated and bursting with life.
I paused at a pond at the end of my run. On a hot Georgia day when I come to this pond the water is still–its surface like glass. The earth is dry and crumbly below my feet, the sun warming my skin, the sounds of others enjoying this piece of nature surround me–all very yang qualities. But the water–it is yin. It is reflective, quiet.
But on this rainy spring day things seem to be reversed. The woods are damp and moist, a hush of steady, gentle rain on the natural ceiling above me and the sound of my own feet squishing in the shallow mud is all I hear. I am surrounded by yin energy. But pausing by the pond I see a million drops and subsequent ripples on the face of the water. It’s hard to see my reflection. It’s a much more active scene–more yang energy.
Our natural world has this way of staying in balance. Yin and Yang. This is our challenge–to follow the path of nature. At times we are surrounded by, and our selves may be full of yang energy. We are busy, times are chaotic…noise, exertion, productive activity. We need to introduce some yin energy or we will burn out. Even taking a moment to pause and connect with nature: watch a bird, lay your feet on the Earth, close your eyes and go within. Other times we are deep in our own thoughts, contemplative, sleepy. Going for a brisk walk, hula hooping with a child, listening to an upbeat piece of music–all yang activities–can bring us back to balance.
Watch the rhythms and patterns of nature and learn from them. Every time we make this connection our inner harmony is restored. Peace~