I talk a lot with my patients about the balance of activity and quiet in their lives. The activity side of the scale is usually pretty heavily weighted and finding ways to balance the scale can be tough. Living in New York City does not make it easier. This balancing act is the play of Yin and Yang in our daily lives. Yang is active, moving and Yin is still, nourishing. Action and substance. Fuel and movement. Energy and space.
Activity and stimulus are easy to come by, but in the midst of crazy full days, how do we build the fuel, the yin? How do we fill the tank when we’re constantly stimulated, when each stimulus creates a reaction in us that drains our fuel?
Try finding the open spaces. Notice when there is some quiet around you. We move through different spaces all day long and sometimes there is stillness, quiet. Notice it. It doesn’t have to be a wide open expanse of nature or a completely silent empty room. Maybe it’s when you’re in shower or walking to the train. Maybe it’s when you’re eating your lunch or looking out a window. Once you start noticing these moments, you’ll see them more and more. And even if each one is fleeting, taking the moment to absorb it will nourish you, calm your nervous system and build your yin.