The Unifying Principle
By observing our day-to-day thoughts and activities, we can easily see thateverything is in motion
or, in other words, everything changes:electrons spin around a central nucleus in the atom; the earth rotates on itsaxis while orbiting the sun; the solar system is revolving around the galaxy;and galaxies are moving away from each other with enormous movement,but an order or pattern is discernible. Day follows night; winter changes tosummer and back to winter again; during the day we stand up and areactive, while at night we lie down and rest.Starting from this basic understanding, we can classify all phenomena intoeither of the two categories, yin or yang. Since these are relative terms,however, nothing in the world is absolutely yin or absolutely yang; allphenomena possess both in varying degrees.Yin and yang are always changing into one another in a continual cycle,reflected in the change from night to day and winter to summer, breathingin and breathing out, etc. Contraction, or yang, produces heat, whicheventually results in expansion or yin; while expansion produces coldness,which then results in contraction. As a result, vegetation growing in a moreyin, or cold, climate is usually smaller, while vegetation in a more yang, orhot, climate is usually larger.
Diet and Health
The importance of proper diet for good health has been largely lost inmodern times. Among more primitive societies, this basic fact was wellrecognized and was used as the basis of medicine. Food is our source ofbeing. Through the vegetal kingdom, all the basic forces of life arecombined in a form that can be used by the human organism. Sunlight,soil, water, and air are taken in through the medium of the vegetalkingdom. To eat is to take in the whole environment.Today, hundreds of thousands of people around the world use theseprinciples to select and prepare their daily diet and restore their health andhappiness. Macrobiotic principles now provide the focus for the educationalactivities of more than five hundred affiliate centers worldwide.
The classification of foods into categories of yin and yang is essential forthe development of a balanced diet. Different factors in the growth andstructure of foods can indicate whether the food is predominantly yin oryang. To classify foods, we must see the factors that dominate, since allfoods have both yin and yang qualities.
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