Many of us have heard the story of the two wolves and despite knowing the moral of the story, we feed the least desired wolf and wonder why our life is going as it is going… Responsibility rest in our hands!
So that we are all on the same page, here is the story for those of you who may not be familiar with it.
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he told the young boy, “a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil, full of anger, sorrow, regret, greed, self-pity and false pride. The other is good, full of joy, peace, love, humility, kindness and faith.”
“This same fight is going on inside of you, grandson…and inside of every other person on this earth.”
The grandson ponders this for a moment and then asks, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?”
The old man smiled and simply said,
“the one you feed.”
Why would anyone feed the angry wolf, when they say they want peace?
Why would anyone feed the jealous wolf, when they say they want love?
Why would anyone feed the warmongering wolf, when they say they want unity?
Which wolf are you feeding?
Some have asked me how do I feed the wolf or how do I remain mindful of feeding the wolves?
Simple answer is that you feed the wolves with each thought and each feeling that you allow to remain dominant in your being.
Let me use my own life as an example to illustrate this point.
Anyone who knows me knows that “Road Rage” was an issue that I began working on healing in 2009 and I am at a point now where I feel much more at peace than I once did. Now, do I ever have thoughts or feelings that are connected to those buttons and issues of road rage? Do I ever talk to people in the other car as if they can hear me? Yep I do…(smile) However, the difference now is that I release it far faster than I once did. At one time I could see a person cut in front of me or someone else at say 9:00 am; this person would be driving in a manner that I deemed unsafe, unpredictable, or reckless and I would still be commenting on it at noon! Now, I fuss for a second, let it go, breathe and bless the person on their way praying they reach their destination safely! In that moment I am choosing to feed the wolf of peace, compassion, and unity.
Each thought, each feeling that we allow to take root in the soil of our hearts and minds is the fruit we shall be known by. (Matthew 7:16)
You say you are not sure of what your thoughts are?
Look to your feelings. Your predominant feelings will help point the way.
You cannot feel at peace if your mind is filled with thoughts that stir up anger, ideas of war, scarcity, pain, and/or fear.
You cannot feel compassion if your mind is filled with thoughts of jealousy, envy, hatred, us vs. them, and fear.
Like what you feel? If you say yes you like, then keep doing what you are doing.
For those who say, you do not like what you feel, it is time to shift the thinking, which means being more responsible for what is in your mind!
It is time to consciously feed the wolf you want to feed.
See upcoming article on “Taking Responsibility” for more information on how to make this shift.
In the mean time…
Work on your spiritual practice. (smile)
Don’t have one and want some tips on starting one? Contact me for assistance, I am here to assist.