yin and yang The symbol is a visual depiction of theintertwined duality of all things in nature
• Yin and Yang are dependent opposing forces that flow in a natural cycle, always seeking balance. Though they are opposing, they are not in opposition to one another. As part of the Tao, they are merely two aspects of a single reality. Each contains the seed of the other, which is why we see a black spot of Yin in the white Yang and vice versa. They do not merely replace each other but actually become each other through the constant flow of the universe.
Inorganic yin and yang These erosion products of the Jacobsville Sandstone were collected from the Lake Superior shore north of Marquette, Michigan. The iron makes the sandstone red (yang) but with chemical change the color is bleached to yield the white spots (yin).Upon further chemical change the yin expands and the yang is expressed as red spots.
Qigong Literally "Life Energy Cultivation") is a practice of aligning breath,movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy,qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balanceqi (chi) or what has been translated as "intrinsic life energy”.Typically a qigong practice involves rhythmic breathingcoordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, acalm mindful state, and visualization of guiding qi through thebody. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide,and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be atype of alternative medicine or meditative practice. From aphilosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develophuman potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, andawaken ones "true nature”.
QiGong (pronounced "chee gong" and alternativelyspelled as "qigong," "qi gong," or "chi kung") issometimes called “the new yoga” - but the practicedates back thousands of years to ancient China. Theword “qi” (or “chi”) means “life force” or "vital energyof the body," and “gong” means accomplishment orskill that is cultivated through steady practice. QiGong is specifically designed to cultivate the bodysvital energy, using it to heal and strengthen everysystem throughout the body. Thus, qi gong means“cultivating energy,” and it involves working withenergy to strengthen and cleanse the body.
ConfucianismQigong provides a means to become a Junzi (君子) through awareness ofmorality.TaoismQigong provides a way to achieve longevity and spiritual enlightenment.BuddhismQigong is part of a spiritual path that leads to spiritual enlightenment orBuddhahood.
Qigong practitioners at World Tai Chi and QigongDay event in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Today, millions of people around the worldpractice qigong and believe in the benefitsof qigong to varying degrees. Similar to itshistorical origin, those interested in qigongcome from diverse backgrounds andpractice it for different reasons, includingfor exercise, recreation, preventivemedicine, self-healing, self-cultivation,meditation, and martial arts training.
The concepts of Yin and Yang and the FiveAgents provided the intellectual framework ofmuch of Chinese scientific thinking especially infields like biology and medicine The organs ofthe body were seen to be interrelated in thesame sorts of ways as other natural phenomena,and best understood by looking for correlationsand correspondences. Illness was seen as adisturbance in the balance of Yin and Yang orthe Five Agents caused by emotions, heat orcold, or other influences. Therapy thusdepended on accurate diagnosis of the source ofthe imbalance.
The Five Agents are categories referring tothe fundamental ingredients of theuniverse. They are named after wood, fire,earth, metal and water, but do not simplyrefer to these five concrete substances.Rather, they represent a basic framework ormental model by which all phenomena canbe classified into five types. The Five Agentsare the basic ingredients of the universe.