Lesson 2: Yin vs. Yang Meditation

In this lesson, I talk about the differences between Yang approaches to meditation and Yin approaches to meditation; how Yang meditation is about focusing the mind and attaining certain outcomes; how Yin meditation is about a receptive attitude towards the full spectrum of your experience and more openĀ­ ended. When we look at different mental qualities, Yin qualities of mind tend to include traits like receptivity, allowance, yielding, tolerance, quiescence, reflection, passivity, or nonĀ­-manipulation. Yang qualities of mind tend to involve traits like doing, manipulating, directing, improving, achieving, controlling, or becoming. From a Chinese perspective, both Yin and Yang qualities are essential. And the value in better understanding the relationship between Yin and Yang qualities is to promote balance and harmony between them.