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Practicing Temperance: The Road to Moderation, Balance, and Mental Wellness

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Spend ten minutes with the temperance tarot card today!

Lately, I've been practicing temperance on the road to moderation, balance, and mental wellness! Temperance can be helpful when you are actively trying to create duality in your life when you live life in extremes, like I often do.

In my case, I have something called, Borderline Personality Disorder, which makes me feel things in extremes. It may not seem like it would, but this can create an extreme all or nothing attitude when it comes to workouts, diet, and interpersonal relationships!

In the past week or so, I've been spending some time with the Temperance tarot card in the tarot deck that I use. The reason I've been doing this is because it comes up a lot in my readings, telling me to dial back intense feelings and emotions that I have.

I've noticed that it sometimes shows up in love readings. For example, when doing a relationship reading, I often get this card as a reminder to take a step back, often combined with the four of swords energy.

Last week, I got these two cards in succession, and decided that this was sage advice! I took a weeklong break from my blog last week and used it as an opportunity to take a step back and think about all the things I'm doing in extremes.

Luckily, depending on how you look at it, I had a UTI last week, and needed to spend a lot of time alone and in bed. Not the most productive week in the world, but healing and recovery were needed in this situation.

I can see how these two cards showed up in my life at just the right moment! The tarot cards, which are essentially spirit at work in my life, were letting me know that I needed to slow down and catch my breath.

That's one of the reasons why I love my tarot card readings so much, whether they be personal readings or a reading for someone else. The tarot can help you set goals, give you wise counsel, and prepare you for what next.

Right now, I'm working on protecting my energy and taking a step back whenever I need to. I have the luxury of working from home so I can do that. Even if someone works a regular job, I highly recommend using sick days and mental health days wherever needed!

I started practicing temperance in other areas of my life too. For example, I have a lot of crash and burn when it comes to doing my daily practice of yoga and writing blog posts. This means that I get amped up and overwork my body to the extreme or I write too much and create burnout in my writing.

I'm really trying not to do that anymore. I sometimes forget that I can be extreme and that I am just one person. I used to write sometimes five to ten blog posts every single day and it was too much to keep up with!

Then, I'd suffer from burnout and stop writing for weeks and in some cases, months. I'm trying to go at a snail's pace these days, working on no more than one or two posts per day. Three is usually my max and that's honestly pushing it!

It's the same thing that happens when I start working out again. I do vinyasa flow yoga, but in the past I've done it in extremes, trying to challenge myself and push the boundaries hidden within my body. I would do more than an hour of yoga every single day and keep leveling up and skipping steps.

Since moving in Mid-June, I've only done yoga once in my new house which isn't like me. Again, it's another situation of extreme black and white thinking and an all or nothing attitude.

In order to get myself back to natural health, I've opted to make a deal with myself to do a half hour of Intermediate or Advanced Vinyasa flow yoga daily with no warmup or cooldown. Naturally, I want to force myself to do more, but I'd rather practice moderation in my yoga routine. That's the challenge for me!

In addition to that, I will continue my daily walks in mother nature. I was walking the Pinellas trail near my house for awhile, but I missed the magic of the woodland. In order to practice temperance, I needed to ground my energy!

That's the whole point of practicing slow living, right? It's through slowing down and smelling the roses that we can enjoy life more. Sometimes, we need to check in with ourselves and make sure we are being our best selves.

Turning to the tarot cards is like turning over a new leaf for me each day! You never know what lesson it's going to teach you or what secret it will reveal.

This time, what I needed to know was to stop approaching life on the edge! Even if you're not an edgy person, our moods can take us for a wild ride in dangerous places. We have to always be mindful of that.

If you too feel a need to work on creating more balance and moderation in your life, get out your tarot cards and find the temperance card and the four of swords, then meditate on them. Let images come to mind and write them down, as well as songs or messages.

Then, take a step back! It can be for a day or a week. Give yourself permission to take a mental health day for yourself and spend it in a forest of your own making!

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