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. PLEASE POST YOUR INSIGHTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.
CALENDAR OF VIRTUES JAN 21 – FEB 20:
Discretion Becomes Meditative Strength
Opposite: Criticism, Comments
By Jean Yeager
A Time of Testing - This last summer I watched two bull elk who were grazing near one another. At first it appeared that they were simply grazing and paying one another no mind. This was several weeks before the “rutting season” so there was no reason to believe that these bulls were doing anything but grazing. There were no elk cows nearby. Then, slowly, but without obvious sign (at least to this human observer) one bull turned a particular angle, lowered his head and suddenly “game on”! They moved slowly, but forcefully together and locked horns. They backed off and re-connected again. They pushed, twisted and struggled for a short time. Then, they went back to grazing placidly as if nothing happened.
Such testing seemed like a “dress rehearsal” for the intensity of the competitive breeding which began in a few weeks. Even animals will “size up” a situation and use some sort of judgment to enter in or depart.
IN THE HUMAN BEING
I once invented a children’s toy called the “Wishing Star”. It was handmade and I test marketed them at a local Renaissance Faire before trying to sell them nationwide. I was discreet in my selling learning what people thought about the product, my selling price and so forth before risking my hard-earned funds on what could have been a risky endeavor. My small, well planned experiences helped me feel inwardly strong about my risk.
OPPOSITE: CRITICISM, COMMENT
Self-criticism or “second guessing” is a terrible thing to observe. Self-confidence, realistic assessment of self, is important. However, taking it too far and becoming arrogant can be dangerous. Not too far one way or the other is a discreet balance.
STARTING FEBRUARY 21 WE WILL BEGIN
OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR:
Magnanimity Becomes Love
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