Saturday, May 15, 2021

MAY 21 - VIRTUE OF THE MONTH - "SELFLESSNESS"

 ABOUT THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES – VIRTUE TRANSITIONS

WRITING YOUR COMMENTS EACH MONTH represents a year-round opportunity to observe Virtue Transitions in Nature and Yourself. Your inner practice will be reflected in the outer world which can strengthen your experience. 

 MAY 21 – JUNE 20

 

THE VIRTUE OF SELFLESSNESS
BECOMES 
CATHARSIS

 

OPPOSITE: SELF-ABSORPTION,

WILFULLNESS



How do you see the "Virtue of Selflessness" in the world?



How does the "Virtue of Selflessness" become the Virtue Of "Catharsis"?



How does the opposite – “Self-absorption or Willfulness” appear? 




YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT  BELOW

 

 

 

 

NEXT MONTH – JUNE - WE WILL BEGIN 

OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR AND OPPOSITES:

JUNE 21 - JULY 20

COMPASSION LEADS TO FREEDOM

 

OPPOSITE: Heartlessness

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT BELOW

Saturday, March 20, 2021

ABOUT THE "CALENDAR OF VIRTUES" bLOG - An Invitation To Examine A Different Virtue Each Month And Post Your Comments

        Integrity is something which has a wholeness about it, a coherence, a consistency or solidarity. 
          A person with integrity is someone who is often described as having moral qualities, or an inner consistency and dependability or reliability.
         Integrity is comprised of Virtues.
        Virtues are part of the natural order of the world and ourselves.  They are a part of the physical, moral fabric of world health and vitality, and within ourselves or our community, Virtues are the framework for a positive future. There are many virtues: Compassion, Patience, Courage, Devotion, Inner Balance, or Contentment.
The slow, regular monthly practice of simply looking for examples of a Virtue in action in the world and in your life builds Integrity. So, a Calendar of Virtues may be considered a guide to a monthly course - an Integrity Course

A NEW VIRTUE EACH MONTH
The virtue of the month changes on the 21st of each month so that the power of regularity helps with maintaining the practice over the months and years. Your monthly written observation becomes a reference for you. Sharing it on the bLog helps all participants.


A recent survey has shown that there are more people with a “spiritual orientation” than a “religious orientation” for the first time in our country’s history. Virtues in the past were thought of as a part of religious denominations. The Integrity Course is spiritually and morally oriented,  not specifically religiously oriented.


THE VIRTUES AND THEIR OPPOSITES
DEC 21 – JAN 20 – Courage becomes power to Redeem. OPPOSITE: Anxiety, Timidity.

JAN 21 – FEB 20  – Discretion becomes meditative strength. OPPOSITE: Criticism, comment.

FEB 21 – MAR 20 -  Magnanimity becomes Love OPPOSITE: Pettiness

MAR 21 – APR 20 – Devotion becomes Power to Sacrifice. OPPOSITE: No concerns.

APRIL 21 – MAY 20 - Inner balance becomes Progress. OPPOSITE: Externals take over. Too busy.

MAY 21 – JUNE 20 – Perseverance becomes Faithfulness. OPPOSITE: Giving up. Loss of grip.

JUNE 21 – JULY 20 – Selflessness leads to catharsis. OPPOSITE: Self-absorption.

JULY 21 – AUG 20 –  Compassion leads to Freedom. OPPOSITE: Heartlessness.

AUG 21 – SEPT – Courtesy becomes Heart Tact. OPPOSITE: Inconsiderateness.

SEPT 21 – OCT 20  – Contentment becomes Equanimity. OPPOSITE: Dissatisfaction.

OCT 21 – NOV 20 – Patience becomes Insight. OPPOSITE: Loss of temper.

NOV 21 – DEC 20  – Control of thought (speech and tongue) becomes feeling for the Truth. OPPOSITE: Gossip, externals, talkativeness.

(These are available on a separate page from the tab over this column.)

Each month a new virtue transition will be offered for course participants to consider.  While considering a virtue transition, one is also asked to consider the opposite.  
Take time to observe the Virtue each month in nature, your community or yourself. Then write your experience in 100 – 150 words about what you observe.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR WRITTEN OBSERVATION AS A COMMENT:
Post your 100 - 150-word observation in the “Comments” area for the appropriate month at www.calendarofvirtues.blogspot.com
On the blog, you will find the current virtue transition listed.
Add your written 100-150 word experience in the comments section at the bottom. Lots of people from around the world may share and read your post!
At the end of the year, we will download all of the written comments and publish them.

 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

MY SAMPLE OBSERVATION - SEPTEMBER 21 - "Contentment Becomes Equanimity"

 MY SAMPLE OBSERVATION

       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 widespread 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

All Rights Reserved

 

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

JUNE 21 - VIRTUE OF THE MONTH - "COMPASSION"

 ABOUT THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES – VIRTUE TRANSITIONS

WRITING YOUR COMMENTS EACH MONTH represents a year-round opportunity to observe Virtue Transitions in Nature and Yourself. Your inner practice will be reflected in the outer world which can strengthen your experience. 

 JUNE 21 – JULY 20

 

THE VIRTUE OF COMPASSION
BECOMES 
FREEDOM

 

OPPOSITE: HEARTLESSNESS



How do you see the "Virtue of Compassion" in the world?



How does the "Virtue of compassion" become the Virtue Of "Freedom"?



How does the opposite – “Heartlessness” appear? 




YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT  BELOW

 

 

 

 

NEXT MONTH – JULY - WE WILL BEGIN 

OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR AND OPPOSITES:

JULY 21 - AUGUST 20 –

 Courtesy becomes Tactfulness of Heart

 

                                         OPPOSITE: Inconsiderateness          

 

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT BELOW

 

 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

JULY 21 - VIRTUE OF THE MONTH - "COMPASSION":

 

ABOUT THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES – VIRTUE TRANSITIONS

WRITING YOUR COMMENTS EACH MONTH represents a year-round opportunity to observe Virtue Transitions in Nature and Yourself. Your inner practice will be reflected in the outer world which can strengthen your experience. 

 JULY 21 – AUG 20

 

THE VIRTUE OF COMPASSION
LEADS TO
FREEDOM

 

OPPOSITE: HEARTLESSNESS



How do you see the "Virtue of Compassion" in the world?



How does the "Virtue of Compassion" lead to the Virtue Of "Freedom"?



How does the opposite – “Heartlessness” appear? 




YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT  BELOW

 

 

 

 

NEXT MONTH – AUGUST - WE WILL BEGIN 

OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR AND OPPOSITES:

 

AUG 21 – SEPT 20 –

 Courtesy becomes Tactfulness of Heart

 

                                         OPPOSITE: Inconsiderateness          

 

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT BELOW

 

 

Friday, August 14, 2020

AUGUST 21 - VIRTUE OF THE MONTH - "COURTESY"

 ABOUT THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES – VIRTUE TRANSITIONS

WRITING YOUR COMMENTS EACH MONTH represents a year-round opportunity to observe Virtue Transitions in Nature and Yourself. Your inner practice will be reflected in the outer world which can strengthen your experience. 

 AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 20

 

THE VIRTUE OF COURTESY
BECOMES
TACTFULNESS OF HEART

 

OPPOSITE: INCONSIDERATENESS



How do you see the "Virtue of Courtesy" in the world?



How does the "Virtue of Courtesy" become the Virtue Of “Tactfulness of Heart"?



How does the opposite – “Inconsiderateness” appear? 




YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT  BELOW

 

 

 

 

NEXT MONTH – SEPTEMBER - WE WILL BEGIN 

OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR AND OPPOSITES:

SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 20

  Contentment becomes equanimity

      OPPOSITE:  Dissatisfaction

 

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT BELOW

 

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

SEPTEMBER 21 - VIRTUE OF THE MONTH - "CONTENTMENT"

ABOUT THE CALENDAR OF VIRTUES – VIRTUE TRANSITIONS

WRITING YOUR COMMENTS EACH MONTH represents a year-round opportunity to observe Virtue Transitions in Nature and Yourself. Your inner practice will be reflected in the outer world which can strengthen your experience. 

 SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 20

 

THE VIRTUE OF CONTENTMENT
BECOMES
EQUANIMITY*

 

OPPOSITE: DISSATISFACTION



How do you see the "Virtue of Contentment" in the world?



How does the "Virtue of Contentment" become the Virtue Of “Equanimity"?



How does the opposite – “Dissatisfaction” appear? 




YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT  BELOW

 

 

 

 

NEXT MONTH – OCTOBER - WE WILL BEGIN 

OBSERVING A NEW VIRTUES PAIR AND OPPOSITES:

OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 20

THE VIRTUE OF PATIENCE
BECOMES INSIGHT

 

OPPOSITE: LOSS OF TEMPER


 

 

YOU ARE INVITED TO WRITE A 100-150 WORD COMMENT

AND PUBLISH IT BELOW

 

 


*Equanimity is equal balance of sympathy (the things we like/love)
and antipathy (the things we dislike/hate).