yin -yang-cooling, warming cycle

How Yin and Yang Shift Throughout a Day

yin -yang-cooling, warming cycleYang is the warming cycle, Yin is the cooling cycle.

The movement of light and dark throughout a twenty-four hour period is the motion of Yin and Yang expanding and contracting, flowing, one into the other in an endless dance.

Observing the small nuances of these changes is a simple and profound learning experience. Particularly observe the peak changes of sunrise, noon, sunset, and midnight. Explore with every sense the changes in light, temperature, activity, sound, smell, and energy. Even if you are in a busy city, just pause and notice.

Direct Observation

Leave the lights off and watch the day pass into night, or the light returning in the morning. Observation of Nature is how the ancients learned the theory of Yin and Yang. We have that same opportunity every minute of the day and night.

Please share what you notice in the comment box below, so we can keep learning from each other.



About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • T

    Reply Reply November 8, 2016

    Sometimes we just have to slow ourselves down and observe. Thank you for the reminder, Cindy

  • Sandra Harman-Smith

    Reply Reply December 19, 2016

    I love the total silence that falls just before sunrise. The waiting stillness of it. Then hearing the dawn chorus that celebrates and welcomes the new day as the sun rises. Nature’s daily ritual that is part of the’endless dance’that we are sharing. My soul, and my day, always feels blessed each time I experience this ritual.

    • Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

      Reply Reply December 19, 2016

      Sandra – thank you for sharing your experiences – so beautiful.

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