Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Macrobiotics Part 3

their lives accordingly; that is, they must be prepared to adapt and change. These two forces are always opposite and antagonistic, and yet, at the same time, they are complementary, for they are always combining and cooperating. These two tendencies, constantly in­teracting, were understood in ancient China to create balance. This happens both inside the body and outside in the world. Simply stated, any illness is an imbalance of Yin and Yang.

With the predominance of one tendency giving way to the dominance of its opposite, and vice versa, everything therefore is constantly changing. Although always changing, each thing still contains both yin and yang. This fact creates a wholeness that is constantly evolving. Bound together, yin and yang unify. Yang is the inward movement that creates contraction. Yin is the outward movement that creates expansion. The following chart will give you an idea of Yin and Yang qualities.

The development of clear intuition is an aim of macrobiotics. Traditional wisdom tells us that the body and mind are not separ­ate. With the application of macrobiotics, thinking, naturally be­comes clearer. Judgment automatically improves. Our brain and mind begin to follow natural patterns, thereby not wasting energy with needless worry or preoccupations. Naturally, and with humili­ty, wisdom develops.

When investigating the cause of illness, don't look for com­plicated reasons why you are not healthy. Look at the obvious. Pay attention to the following day to day activities: thinking, breathing, movement, diet, sex, and sleep. These are the fundamentals of health. Whenever there is a health problem, it can be found within one or more of these realms. If we are healthy, it is because we are following nature's way in each of these activities.





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