Sunday, October 19, 2014

CALENDAR OF VIRTUES
SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 20
CONTENTMENT BECOMES EQUANIMITY

ABOUT THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES
    The Calendar of Virtues represents a year-round opportunity to practice Virtue Transitions while outer nature is going through analogous changes. Your inner practice will be reflected in the outer world which can strengthen your experience. USE THE LINK BELOW TO SHARE YOUR COMMENTS.

       SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 20
  Contentment becomes Equanimity
      OPPOSITE:  Dissatisfaction

  By Jean W. Yeager
IN NATURE:
            I stand beneath grey mist and indigo clouds. Dark piles billow high with white outlines and reverse light/depth appearances. The cool sets in and the windows are all put down. Almost as if the projects outdoors are fading before your eyes. Raspberries hang on and get deep red while their cousins who will never ripen hang out and hope for sunshine or warmth.
     The earth and sun stand with wide spread arms on the Equinox. An eclipse marks the day. The trough is being built into which all of life in the northern hemisphere will slide. The circadian rhythms slow. The lack of sunlight causes the cold and flu season. Viruses love it and grow rapidly.

IN THE HUMAN BEING: Go for The Long Form
     I want the gray tumbling above to fill my heart with slowness. To ease the natural tendency for speed and fire and help me learn to focus, to turn inward. As I am growing more used to the coming autumn, more accepting and ready, I can sense contentment beginning to form in me and balance my sympathy and antipathy for winter with equanimity. Grey skies help me center. Sit down. Slow down. Where more layers. Drink hot cider. Read bigger books. Go for that Long Form.

OPPOSITE: Dissatisfaction

    As the days grow shorter after the Autumnal Equinox it is easy to grow dissatisfied with the lack of sunlight, the warmth of summer, the growth of spring. It is a challenge to love the dark, the cold, the gloom. Especially, if you are young and not in the Autumn of your life.

© Copyright 2014, Jean W. Yeager
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PLEASE WRITE YOUR INSIGHTS - Then, please post your insights (150 - 200 words max.) in the COMMENTS area starting August 20, 2014.
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STARTING OCTOBER 21 WE WILL BEGIN OBSERVING A NEW PAIR OF VIRTUES
 October 21 – November 20: Patience becomes Insight
OPPOSITE: Loss of Temper

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