ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Yin yang and heart designs for your enjoyment

Updated on November 19, 2011
Yin Yang Heart One
Yin Yang Heart One | Source

Love and Equanimity

The Yin Yang symbol, often associated in the west with martial arts or surfing, is an ancient symbol from Asia. It is rooted in Taoist philosophy, and often is drawn with red and blue; instead of black and white. Taoism is a philosophy founded by Lao Tzu who wrote the Tao Te Ching; translated as "The Book of Changes" which provides wisdom to those dedicated enough to study and follow. One way of interpreting the Yin Yang symbol, is that in everything it's opposite - or at least the seed of it's opposite - may be found.

In this light, we would say that there is always the negative in the positive, and vise versa. An example of this sort of approach to being with events is illustrated also in the work of Chang Tzu, another Taoist philosopher who lived after Lao Tzu.

Yin Yang Heart Two
Yin Yang Heart Two | Source

The Farmer's Son.

One such story is that of a farmer.

Once upon a time, there was a old farmer who lived in the hills of China. One day, his prized stallion ran off into the country side. The farmer's neighbors consoled him, and said; "We are so sorry for your bad luck, now that you have lost your horse, how will you ever be able to make ends meet?". For in those days, a horse was very important to one's self-sufficiency. "It's a terrible thing", they said. "Is that so?" he replied. The other farmer's probably scratched their heads.

A couple of weeks later, the stallion returned. It had found a mare, and they had mated. The stallion had come back to the farm, and had brought with it quite the bounty. Another horse to till the land, help carry things, and of great value therefore. The neighbors again heard of it, and coming over congratulated the farmer on his good luck. "How lucky you are to have this stroke of great good fortune", they said, and "You are really lucky". "Is that so?" replied the old man. Again, the other farmer's didn't have anything more to say.

The very next day, the farmer's son, 17 years of age fell off the mare while trying to tame it, and broke his right leg in three places, and his left one in two. The other farmers heard of the disaster, and came over to commiserate with the old man. "That's too bad that your son hurt himself so badly", said one. "It's going to make things much harder for you", chimed in another. Again, the old man was impassive. "Is that so?" he asked.

Things progressed at the farm, and the young man's legs, though healing well, wouldn't bear his weight. In the early hours of the morning about a month after his fall the Chinese army came through town. There is a forced draft for any and all young men who are fit and able to take up arms and fight off the invading Huns to the West. Every other able bodied man of the farmer's son's age is recruited and leaves town before noon that day. Because of his injuries, the young man is left alone. He would only slow the army down. "You sure are lucky that your son is still here" said a visiting farmer. "Is that so?" replied the old man.

Yin Yang Heart Three
Yin Yang Heart Three | Source

Yin Yang Heart Design

This simple and powerful design combines elements from East and West. It is available over at CafePress courtesy of Hughes Design/Create. I fully enjoyed making these designs; and hope that you enjoy them too. If you are interested in finding out more about Taoism, I suggest reading either of the two authors I've mentioned (Lao Tzu or Chang Tzu). Their writing is short and to the point. Lao Tzu writes in a poetry style; while Chang Tzu's writings read like flash fiction. Each page of their writing is full of potency and meaning, and are fun and accessible to read as well. Highly recommended. Another excellent way to learn about Taoism is to take a walk in the park, or around the block, and just focus on your breathing and footsteps. Try not to think of anything else. Just notice what nature has to offer you.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)