Updated: Aug 7
If you have ever spent more than 15 minutes in a conversation with me at the clinic you know that I will eventually start talking about the autonomic nervous system. I just can't help myself. It represents a real-world example of the Eastern concept of Yin and Yang and a broader theme of Safety. Allow me to explain.
There are two parts to the autonomic nervous system. One is the sympathetic side. This is the fight, flight, or freeze reaction. We will call this Yang. The other is the parasympathetic side. This is the rest and digest function. We will call this Yin. Both are necessary for a healthy nervous system, but they must be appropriately balanced. If one becomes too dominant, t