MIDDOS AS THE FILTER (Rav Chayim Vital, Shaarei Kedush Ch. 2)
Therefore the middos are not included in the 613 mitzvos. However, they are crucial preparations to the 613 mitzvos in their fulfillment or annulment because the higher "intellectual soul" does not have the power to fulfill the mitzvos using the 613 limbs [and gidim] of the body except through the intermediary of the foundation soul which is attached to the body itself in the Sod (secret meaning of) "For the soul of all flesh, the blood is in the soul" (Vayikra 17:14). Therefore the bad middos are much, much worse than the sins [of the 613 mitzvos] themselves.