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 aligningbreath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, andmeditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, andphilosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivateand balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "intrinsic lifeenergy”. 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 andworldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and byothers to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice.From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to helpdevelop human potential, allow access to higher realms ofawareness, and awaken 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 artstraining.
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 naturalphenomena, and best understood by looking forcorrelations and correspondences. Illness wasseen as a disturbance in the balance of Yin andYang or the Five Agents caused byemotions, heat or cold, or other influences.Therapy thus depended on accurate diagnosis ofthe source of the imbalance.
The Five Agents are categories referring tothe fundamental ingredients of theuniverse. They are named afterwood, fire, earth, metal and water, but donot simply refer to these five concretesubstances. Rather, they represent a basicframework or mental model by which allphenomena can be classified into fivetypes. The Five Agents are the basicingredients of the universe.