The Nine Virtues: Moderation
125 words min, 375 words max.
Adequate/Meets Criteria Requirements:
Subjective combined with objective approach [e.g., ["This is what it means (dictionary definition); this is what it means to me."]
Note: Dictionary definitions will not be included as part of the word count.
Dedicants may also include other virtues, if desired, and compare them to the nine.
Our own Druidry Definition: “Cultivating one’s appetites so that one is neither a slave to them nor driven to ill health (mental of physical) though excess deficiency.”
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition: “avoiding extremes of behavior or expression: observing reasonable limits.”
Generally when the word Moderation comes up it is in response to an excess of something. When one eats too much, or imbibes too much, the word moderation comes up through the mouths of friends. “Everything in moderation” is the popular phrase. The ability to moderate self-control is a very important virtue in my mind and it goes far beyond food or drink.
Moderation is important when it comes to focus and study as well. It can be easy to become obsessed to the point of ignoring all other things when wrapped up in a passion or project. Doing so, however, generally hurts relationships and/or families in the process. One example being the father or mother that works too many hours and cannot spend quality time with their children.
A moderate temperament is also exceptionally important when dealing with others as well. Extreme emotional shifts can be unhealthy to both the person experiencing them and the recipient who experiences them as well.
I find that meditation helps me focus on how to maintain moderation in nearly all aspects of my life, and my spirituality, because it helps me slow down and focus on both sides of the situation and recognize when I am acting excessively at the expense of myself or others.
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