Today is the eighth new moon of the year in the Chinese Lunisolar Calendar. We are in the middle of the fourteenth solar term, 處暑 Chǔshǔ Limit of Heat.
Days are still warm but at sunrise and sunset, you will notice a distinct coolness in the air!
New moons offer us an opportunity, as part of a monthly rhythm, to pause and reflect on where we are in the season and reflect on some wisdom from our ancestors. This new moon, we explore the dangers of the Yang Lifestyle.
Beware of the Yang Lifestyle
‘Yang’ lifestyle is referring to the words ‘yin/yang’ the big forces in Chinese thinking that shape the universe. Everything is described by yin/yang. The day is broken into yin (night) and yang (day); and there are the yin-type-people and the yang-type-people, and for this example today we think of yin as passive/nourishing and yang as action/productivity.
Balancing yin & yang is the root of success in everything from the professional sphere to personal relationships. An imbalance between yin/yang leads to collapse in relationships, businesses and even civilizations.
Unsustainable Success & Yang Addiction
In the professional sphere doing whatever it takes to achieve your goals is considered necessary for success. Pushing ahead, skipping meals, chasing never-ending deadlines and working long days and nights, becomes a lifestyle. But it is a yang-dominant one and it will eventually lead to collapse.
Yang is highly addictive. It is power, it is exciting, it feels good and the more yang you get the more you want. But the consequence is that after a while you can’t stop, or rest or sit back. You can’t do ‘yin’ anymore and without yin nothing can stop that yang urge to keep going. Yang addiction could be considered a worse addiction than drugs and it has a much higher mortality rate from its side effects of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, insomnia, type-2 diabetes and dementia.
Balance as the Solution
This means a balance of action and passivity, and a balance of goal-setting for both inner health and outer wealth.
Top Five Tips to Nourish the Yin:
1. Wake with first light and put the mind in the back-seat. First get into the body (exercise) and don’t switch working mind on (or check phone or computer) for at least 1-hour.
2. Three hot cooked meals on time. Increase soups, stews and porridge in the meals.
3. Midday rest. After lunch have a 15-30 minute rest.
4. Switch the working mind off at 5pm.
5. Go to sleep between 9-10pm. 7-8 hours sleep minimum.