Join the yin (r)evolution

Kathy Krugerbalance, change, find your flow, harmony, yinyang24 Comments

Don’t you know, we’re talking ‘bout a revolution, sounds like a whisper.

So sings Tracey Chapman in her 1988 classic even if she despairs of so much empty talk that isn’t heard and even though the poor people still don’t have their share. It’s an evolution. (unlike the new Abbott Cabinet here in Australia, which in terms of female representation, is going backwards).

A whisper is very yin, not loud and angry, but gentle and persuasive…haven’t you heard, don’t you want to hear, don’t you know there’s a new way, the new secret, shared in hushed, sacred tones, and we are left inspired, awed if we will just listen.

We can say so much softly, in the silence that lets listeners comprehend, in the spaces between the words that we just have to let sink in, slowly, and then, slowly, ever so slowly, the tables start to turn (back upright, from where they were left upturned by war and violence and greed and we can sit together and share a meal, gentle conversation).

While I blog on about balance, the biggest imbalance in the world is way too much YANG. Far too much masculine aggression, achievement, accumulation, arrogance. When what we need is more feminine contemplation, connection, collaboration, compassion. We need a (r)evolution.

Strangely (or perhaps not) amongst the collection of confident, competent speakers at Problogger Conference  I heard whispers @ #pbevent.

The brilliant and bubbly Amy Porterfield

The brilliant and bubbly Amy Porterfield

Of course they spoke eloquently and energetically but I heard in their yang expression the yin calmness, quietness behind it. They didn’t speak of success as much as service. Of getting offline, which would seem to run counter-intuitive to being well-known online. Of collaborating and cooperating rather than competing. Of community rather than markets. Of win-win rather than take-all.  Of creating first, giving second, selling last. Of passion before profits (literally and always).

Problogger taught as much about making a life as it did about making a living.

And that, my friends, is the yin secret. Sounds like a whisper. Although when all of our whispers are harmonised together you won’t hear a shout, or a scream, a rant, or a roar, but our squeal, of sheer delight, of love, of joy. Sounds like childhood.

Bernadette Jiwa spoke of mattering to the right people rather than marketing to the masses. Of making a difference to those who count, rather than counting numbers.

Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratcliff

Trey Ratcliff spoke of the gift of perspective that seeing out of only one eye has given him – he came across as having a bigger vision, born of his unique ability for close and careful appreciation, than most people you will ever meet.

His message was one of creating for the sake (love) of it, of living in the now and thus creating memories. Of always sharing (his thousands of stunning photos are available for download, at high resolution, on Creative Commons).

Trey Ratcliff - Portfolio 127

Trey Ratcliff – Portfolio 127

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Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom distilled her singular wisdom to speak of blogging to serve readers (I hope I do), of always being a real person before a brand.

Hailey Bartholemew welled with tears when she spoke of her amazement that a woman who had lost her baby could be grateful to her for starting her 365 Grateful project – that this woman could be grateful at all!

And so we connected.

Amongst all of the wonderful speakers, the beautiful Clare Bowditch spoke (and sung) of bringing joy and telling the truth. Of a new balance where right-brain creating (yin) will start to rise up in a world dominated by left-brain thinking and planning and action, always action (yang). We need (yin) time just to dream, just like we did as kids.

All the world’s ideas come from the yin side of the brain, even if yang analysis and rational thinking have helped marinate them.  Ideas are created, not calculated.

I reckon this world needs more good ideas and far fewer calculations.

And then when Clare took us back to childhood, that place of imagination, and sung to us so that we might dream again, it sounded like a lullaby, a soothing whisper.

Finally Darren Rowse left us with the challenge to use our ‘wobbly courage’ (which I reckon is kinda like wobbly balance) to go out and create the future we dream about. Not perfect maybe, but enough.

Darren Rowse, closing out

Darren Rowse, closing out

The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. John. H. Scharr

(Sounds like pretty yin-like advice – if we can just start creating where we are right now, rather than rushing to go somewhere, we might just get to that place we have always been!)

Will you join me on the journey to creating a more yin future? You can start by going inside. But first comments please!

(And did I mention the party, and the company, the QT Hotel, the food…..)

Oh and the charity, Love your Sister, is a very worthy one (go feminine, yin power). Brother Samuel Johnson gives new meaning to having a sore bum. Check it out.


Me, looking like a giant mandarin (according to Mr Yang) heading to the party

Me, looking like a giant mandarin (according to Mr Yang) heading to the party

Anyone for strawberry cake

Anyone for strawberry cake


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24 Comments on “Join the yin (r)evolution”

  1. Me

    I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you on Friday night but am happy that we managed to connect a couple of times over the weekend.
    What a great post you have written to capture, what I agree with, was the essence of ProBlogger. I still have so much going on in my head from those two days – I need some time to try to process it all.
    Have a great week !

  2. EssentiallyJess

    I’m a big dreamer, so a lot of this really resonated with me. And I believe in service before self and realising there is huge value in one person that you can touch.I think I would have loved the conference

  3. redlandcitygirl

    Wow it sounds like we must have been at a lot of the same sessions! It was a brilliant conference and yes, lots of great lessons for life, not just blogging – I remember thinking that when Darren gave his first keynote.

    Kathy, I’m so glad you came up to say hi – there were so many people there it was hugely overwhelming, and sadly I didn’t get to connect with some of the folk I’d really hoped to.

    Visiting today from #TeamIBOT xxx

  4. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me

    You so didn’t look like giant mandarin – you looked HAWT! I love your take on this Kathy – I adored all the speakers, they spoke with such eloquence, calmness and without ego. I can’t wait to go back on my notes 🙂 xx

    1. yinyangmother

      Thanks Annaleis – it really was a great event. I guess I like to think of things fairly deeply, but I was just really touched by the inspirational vibe, beyond the practical tips. Looking forward to connecting again.

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  10. Caz @ Home Heart Haven

    This post has been sitting open in a browser tab waiting to be read. I nearly just closed it but am SO glad I read it. I am seeking a great balance between my own yin and yang and the way you apply that concept to many different contexts is so insightful, not to mention helpful!

    1. yinyangmother

      Thanks Caz – that is so nice of you to say. I’m really glad you got something out of my wrap up post, which was inspired by so many great speakers….now to keep that inspiration going.

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