at borders there are the comings and goings, but also barriers and a seeping from one to the other. at borders there is both pause and movement, experiences of passing through or even passing by.
across borders can define the unfamiliar and the counting of distances to and from lines of difference, which give context to the known and that which is not. across borders are other scenes, dialogues and understanding.
beyond borders both the familiar and its contrasts can be found. beyond borders, borders are forgotten until they are not.
with careful consideration to examining the center of the symbolic yin and yang it is possible to surmise its representation as a focus of balance. if the center is even slightly moved one way or the other so does the focus of balance and so does the risk of tipping equal components towards an unequal form and other,
the object to peacefully neutralise ones own relevant aspects of duality within self from leaning too far in one direction at the expense of the other is thought to be a worthwhile consideration if not to do so results and means an eradication of the other and ultimately loss of a healthier caring self.
in the outer world there too lies a semblance of the inner if we choose to see it in this way.
If we accept harmony is granted as one of tao’s precepts then it is through such a precept (as an apex of thought in context to this subject) we can begin to attempt a better understanding of yin and yang. within such a context this interpretation attempts to go further in ascertaining questions to how and what do we define as harmony?
but before doing so there is some thought to what else could inform the subject in view of what one interprets as a relevant understanding of yin and yang. given a little creative direction to this there are of course elements worthy of future note, which are the Three Treasures loosely translated as humility, frugality and compassion, but also concepts of Wu Wei, plurality and naturalism. i am sure the list continues on what can be determined to be a cause and effect on promoting human relational equilibrium (relationships experienced peacefully both internally and externally to others and the world around us).
within the definition of harmony comes to mind the genuine sense of concord and a natural flow to ones life that is not in competition with anyone else or unreasonably against any element of nature. further to this harmony being both a peaceful and gentle concord with the internal and its relationship to that which is beyond it. the maintenance of harmony thus becomes of interest especially if we were for example to say how do we preserve it by trying not to be disharmonious in the face of something that would make us disharmonious?
the universal yin and yang are relational to each other and meet at the division of their s drawn lines. their two seed like shapes and form are the same albeit the use of visual black and white to distinguish from each other, but also in the juxtaposition of where they meet. yin and yang not only represent a contrast, difference, opposite or compliment to each other, but also include how the two parts co-exist and interrelate.
both yin and yang in their inter-relational aspects give pause for thought not just in how they are applied or can be applied to life but also in fascinating questions of what should or could occur if one part should over reach the other?
in terms of the relational where it gets really interesting is how each of the two components can perform within human context and what can be done where there’s need to reassert harmonious equilibrium, given this is the central goal. in this context there’s a consideration to the virtue in understanding what equilibrium can look like, acts like and how one could naturally be or do towards it.