Ki (pronounced as key), is the Japanese word for our Energy. It has also been called Chi (Chinese), Prana (Vedantic), Lung (Tibetan), Mana (Hawaiian), Vital Energy (Western), the Force (Star Wars) and so on. Just about every ancient culture in the world and many modern cultures have the concept.
Ki is the binding agent that joins martial arts, healing arts, meditation, connection with nature and many other of mankind's cultures and arts.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Yin and Yang in Our Lives
The Yin Yang symbol shown below illustrates the dynamic
interplay of our ever changing Energies.It is a continuous swirl and flow from one opposite to the other – hot
to cold, wet to dry, light to dark, positive to negative, expansion to
contraction and back again.
The same interplay of actions and emotions is also constant
within our body’s physical, emotional and spiritual processes.For instance we have inhalation/exhalation,
eating/excreting, love/hate, happiness/grief and ultimately life/death.
Everything that we do can be also is described as being more
Yin or more Yang.Running is more Yang
than walking; walking is more Yang than standing as standing is more Yang than
sitting and so on.
The food we eat has the Yin/Yang polarity.Rare cooked red meat is about as Yang as it
comes whilst sugar and alcohol are at the Yin end of the scale.This is why wine goes so well with
steak.It feels good to those who enjoy
steak and wine because it feels like some sort of balance is being made.
The balance however is very fragile.Rather like putting two large weights on the
opposite end of a sharp fulcrum.For
people who are looking to balance Yin and Yang within their diet we reduce the
extremes so that it is easier to balance.A good way to do this is to eat more vegetables and short grain brown
rice because they are all very centring.
Our constitutions are also subject to the Yin and Yang
polarities.Physically active people are
more Yang than those who live a more sedentary lifestyle.For best health we need to learn how to
balance Yin and Yang within our lives and to match our constitution.What we eat, what we do, our exercise, our
thoughts and meditations will all affect the Yin and Yang balance.
For example, if you were to take part in a meditation retreat
which would be a quite Yin activity you would be ill advised to live on a diet
of lasagne and sausages.Conversely if
you are just about to run a marathon fasting is not exactly the best
preparation for the event.
The examples given here are deliberately very extreme so that
the point is easy to understand.The
subtleties of Yin/Yang can be very deep and complex.If our bodies become out of balance it
affects us negatively.If we can
understand the theory behind Yin and Yang we can stop the imbalance before it
Activities such as Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Chi Gung, acupuncture,
meditation and Reiki are traditional Eastern approaches that help us to either
maintain our inner balance or get it back again if we are starting to lose it.
If we can balance the Energies of Yin and Yang within our
lives we feel more in tune with ourselves, our community and our
environments.We have little to lose and
a lot to gain from learning this approach!