In reading the fascinating book "The Tao of Physics" i learned that opposites qualities are complementaries part of a mutual whole. As part of the Tao, they are merely two aspects of a single reality. I find this thought-provoking and the idea really dawned on me when i looked at my flowering cactus plant.
The plant is solid and the thorn is painful to the touch, having the masculine characteristics like rough, strong, hard.
The flower is quite the opposite. The petals, filaments, anthers, stigmes are so light that when i touched them i could hardly feel their presence. They have the feminine qualities like soft, delicate, yielding.
The flower bud is probably the ugliest bud i have ever seen. The first time i saw a bud i thought it was a fungus and almost cut it off the plant.
yet the flower is one of the most gorgeous
The contrasting qualities of the cactus plant is another thing that amazes me about the natural world and i can't help wondering what are the yin and the yang within each of us.