ADF Dedicant Path Documentation – The Nine Virtues – Moderation

Moderation

“Cultivating one’s appetites to that one is neither a slave to them nor driven to ill health (mental or physical) though excess of deficiency.” – Our Own Druidry

“The quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.” – Dictionary.com

Moderation is about balance.  Most often the word “moderation” is brought up in conversations about things that we like to do, but can harm us if we do too much of them.  Eating too many desserts, although delicious, will lead to less than desirable results such as weight gain and other health problems.  The other side of that is if all you eat is vegetables, which are much better for you, you will miss out on nutrients from other types of food.  Also, by depriving yourself of something you really want for prolonged periods of time, you may overindulge or binge at a later date.  Moderation does not only apply to food.  Most of us have to balance our spiritual lives and our mundane ones.  We have to function in the mundane world to maintain jobs, and residences.  If we only live in the spiritual world, we also miss the joy of interacting with friends and loved ones and the support they offer.  If we only like in the mundane world, and worry about where the next dollar or shiny toy will come from,  we miss out on the joy and wonderment that can comes from feeling a part of something greater than ourselves.

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