A Story of Two Wolves
An old Indian Cherokee chief took his grandson aside and told him, “My son, there’s a battle between two wolves inside us all.”
He continued, “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
While the other, he said, “is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”
“The boy gave this some thought and eventually asked, “Which one wins?”“The one you feed”, responded the wise old Cherokee.
Reflection and guidance
Parables speak to the human heart.
The story of Two Wolves teaches us that we must be careful as to which thoughts we are feeding. It’s a basic principle of the Law of Attraction – whatever you give attention to, grows!
By watching our thoughts – by becoming “the witness” of our own lives – we will break identification with the negative stream of thoughts that run through our mind from time to time (notice what, or who, triggers you!).
As we practice a state of “no-mind” we will transmute and heal any darkness within us. There is no need to ‘fight’ inner demons (thoughts) for that will only magnify it.
Every day, take the time to ask yourself, ‘which wolf am I feeding’?
Rewiring Your Inner Dialogue: A Mental ‘Junk Food’ Detox!
Write down all the ‘mental junk food’ you consume (this includes all the material that feeds your ‘bad’ wolf). By writing them down you will become mindful of your habits and able to pinpoint areas of your life that don’t serve you.
For each item, try cutting out or minimizing it for two weeks. Check in often on your inner dialogue.
Notice if anything changes.
If you have a bad day, or week… resist the temptation to berate yourself! That is the ‘bad wolf’ or ego coming in through the back door!
Just keep feeding the good wolf.