We can create a work environment that helps us to relax if we better understand the mentality that we bring into work. In my last publication, I talked about the Industrial Revolution and how this event has an effect on our behavior today. I also talked about the Yin (Female) principle and how it can help us.
The Yin and Yang symbol is very popular but few know the difference between the white and the black segments. The black one is Yin, which represents the feminine, introspection, cold, nutrition, intuition, regeneration. In nature, the Moon represents the Yin. The white part is the Yang which is the masculine aspect, outgoing, warm, vigorous, rational, and transformative. In nature, this energy is represented by the Sun. They are opposite energies but they carry a little bit of each other to create balance. And what does this have to do with the work environment?
As we are inserted in a society that values Yang, we are programmed to behave in this way. The Revolution was started by men. Therefore, masculine characteristics formed companies and schools. For example, a person who is outspoken (Yang characteristic) at a meeting is considered to be sociable and a possible leader. The quieter ones (Yin) do not fit into the construction we have of a good leader.
With the entry of women into the labor market, more and more Yin is being valued in companies and institutions. "Soft skills" such as empathy and kindness are expected from many job candidates. Studies show that CEOs who consider themselves to have high levels of intuition are those who have achieved the most profit compared to those who consider their ability to be low or nonexistent. The most popular course at Stanford University right now is not Exact Sciences, but Humanities, called Designing your Life, which teaches gratitude, generosity, self-knowledge and adaptation. Who would say?!
For men and women to be able to open the door to Yin, it is necessary for them to deconstruct the Yang "programming" that they have received throughout their lives, including me here. It is necessary, for example, that we create space at work to slow down, get in touch with ourselves and review the values that govern the way we conduct business today.
Based on this article, how do you see Yin shaping your work or school environment? Leave your comment here....
Eve specialises in Yoga and Relaxation for students and professionals who lead stressful lives or who are simply looking for a different perspective. She loves to write her thoughts in varied media and genres.