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Dancing with Wolves

May 10, 2010

An old Cherokee was teaching his young grandson one of life’s most important lessons.  He told the young boy the following parable:

“There is a fight going on inside each of us. It is a terrible fight between two wolves,” he said.

“One wolf is evil. He is anger, rage, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The second wolf is good.  He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about this for a moment. Then he asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win this fight?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

This is a commonly retold story and after each telling the question is often asked, “Which wolf are you feeding today?”  Perhaps the food we use to feed our wolves is as important as recognizing their hunger.  The first wolf feeds on insecurity, rushing, mindlessness, junk food, lethargy.  The second feeds on breath, mindful actions, clean air and food, prayer and meditation.

What do you feed your wolf?

Wishing you room to breathe, a.

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