A Meaningful Existence, Life after understanding YIN YANG

The exploration of yin and yang, the importance of attachments and my understanding or it.

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It all started with fear, the fear of failure, the fear of not being able to give my best. On a chilly Tuesday evening wondering how we will meet the deadline of our assignment, something which may not seem like a big deal, but at the time seemed link an unscalable wall.

“What is it that I want to tell the world?” the first of many fearful thoughts crept in.

The answer? I had none.

“How can I not have anything to say?

Like really! not a thing!” I said to myself, frustrated.

I was spiralling in my own mind. The one thing I thought I understood, my own mind. I thought I had control, I thought my mind is me. Only to discover it’s not all of me but just a fragment of what it is that makes me.

Disagreements occur often from the littlest of things like, eating that extra cupcake, my taste buds crave the sugary goodness, but my mind sulks in a corner overcome with guilt for not being active enough. To the big things like my heart being swept off its feet for the first person who speaks to me nicely while my brain trying to reason with my heart and explain to it logically that they were just being polite and that its sending signals of anxiety, and making the brain release a ton of dopamine, which is raising the serotonin levels, which produced Oxytocin so do not get attached.

Attachments as yin-yang

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Attachments can best be described as yin and yang (or yin-yang). It is a complex relational concept in Chinese culture that has developed over thousands of years. The meaning of yin and yang is that the universe is governed by a cosmic duality, sets of two opposing and complementing principles or cosmic energies that can be observed in nature.

It is only when two opposites exists can there be one. One simply cannot exist without the other. Like if there is no darkness there can be no light and vice versa, good cannot exist without evil, death cannot exist if there is no life, without death there isn’t life, it would just be a meaningless existence.

Without self doubt there cannot be self confidence. Without failure there is no success. It is the coexistence of the two, the interdependence that makes this concept so beautiful and apt. We are all human and though an independent lifestyle is a way of living, interdependence makes life interesting. The experiences of sharing experiences with a loved one you can depend on is in itself nirvana, because at the end of the day as Aristotle the legendary Greek philosopher said,

“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual.”.

Humans cannot live alone. They must satisfy certain natural basic needs in order to survive. They have to enter into relationships with their fellow humans for living a life. No human can break the shackles of mutual dependence.

You may think that you don’t need anyone and that you’re happy alone. People envy the people who spend their life alone because the bond of a relationship starts feeling like shackles. They only envy what they can see, the sense of freedom, not consulting someone before doing anything be it good or bad, not having to explain their actions to someone, not worrying about hurting someone’s feelings, etc.

What they don’t understand is the conflict that’s brewing in those people who are alone, the thoughts of self doubt, the recurring thoughts of not being good enough, not having someone to share the happy and the sad moments that occur in life. They put on a brave face with the mask of a smile because they’re fearful that people will see through their facade, and think they’re weak and pathetic. They live their lives trying to be the only hero of their story, but every hero needs saving at some point in time.

You can  always power through your problems on your own, but it doesn’t hurt to have someone be the anchor of your sanity.

When you have to power to help someone through a situation, do not hesitate, do not think twice, do not get upset even if they only remember that you exist when they need help, because everything that you send into the universe has a way of coming back to you. The energy you send out is an extension of you and it is your duty as a human to make this world a better place, because this universe is the only one we have, this is our home, this is our roots.

We are all connected in some way or another and when you look back at your life, you need to ask yourself this one question, “was my existence a meaningful one?”.

A meaningful existence comes not only from keeping oneself contented but also the environment and people around you. If is it not a nurturing environment then you have to create your own, you cannot give up just because the something didn’t work out the way you wished it would. That is life!

If you knew everything with certainty then what is the point of life being an adventure, you would already know the outcome, it would be a dull life.

A dull life isn’t something you will cherish when you look back upon your time on this plane and only you can make it meaningful if you find the right balance of yin and yang.

With that last sentence I would like to end this article the one I feared to even begin, realizing it was nothing more than just showing my perspective to the world. A simple yet impactful topic to me.

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