This Friday is Full of Hope and Potential! Friday,
January 10th is an auspicious day for our wellness!
Why, you ask? Because, in our corner of the world (Southern California), we will have a Lunar Eclipse and a King Tide on the same day.
Okay, so what does that have to do with our wellbeing and what makes this day so full of promise, opportunity and hope?
Well, let’s look at the what creates a lunar eclipse and king tide – and then consider how it relates to views of the human system from a few different perspectives: Yoga, Chinese Philosophy and western neuroscience.
The Lunar Eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are aligned, with the earth at the center.
Tides are caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the moon, sun and rotation of the earth, and are driven by their relative positions (as well as land formations). The moon’s gravitational force is greatest when it is closest to the earth (perigee). The sun’s gravitational force is greatest when the earth is closest to the sun (perihelion). King tides occur when earth, moon and sun are aligned at perigee and perihelion, creating the largest tidal range of the year.
Yogic philosophy has described the concept of two sides of the body and brain in ancient texts from 3000 years ago, as sun and moon.
The “Ida” – refers to the right hemisphere of the brain which controls the left side of the body. In yogic philosophy, the left side of the body is considered the feminine/moon side of the body. In western medicine, we know that the right hemisphere is said to be the more intuitive, creative, emotional, and subjective side of the brain
The “Pingala” – refers to the left hemisphere which controls the right side of the body. In yoga, the right side of the body is said to be the masculine/sun side. Neuroscience demonstrates that the left hemisphere tends to be more logical, analytical and objective.
The Chinese principle of Yin and Yang (dating from 3rd century BC) states that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites (including human beings), and that these opposites attract and complement each other.
The “Yin” is the black/moon/feminine side
The “Yang” is the white/sun/masculine side.
Neither is superior, and according to Chinese philosophy, when one increases, the opposite decreases. This is illustrated in the symbol, as each side has a small dot representing the other side. A balance between the two poles must be reached to achieve harmony
Neurology informs us of the corpus callosum, which connects the two sides of the brain. It is the largest connective pathway in the brain. It connects and balances the opposites of: subjective/objective, emotional/analytical, logical/intuitive – and sun/moon sides of the body. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the brain’s the “superhighway”, as it connects and wires the brain for the integration of the two sides that we need as human systems to flourish in our daily lives – physically and emotionally.
All of human life and nature is about a balance. Our King Tides and Lunar Eclipses are nature’s way of reminding us to strive to live balanced, in the middle of our sun and moon natures, as the earth does. I encourage us to take this January 10th as a day to reflect on how we might enhance this balance in our lives. This is an individual process, depending on each person’s imbalances.
To discuss ways of harmonizing the two sides of your particular person, contact us for a free consultation ask about our Body, Breath and BrainTM method of therapeutic intervention.
Oh ~~ and P.S. Food for thought, consider how the gravitational pulls affect the largest bodies of water on this earth and then take a moment to reflect on the fact that the adult human body is made up of about 60% water. And according to the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain is 73% water, lungs 83%, skin 64%, muscles 79% and bones 31%. But that’s a discussion for another day.