The Two Wolves Allegory
Which Wolf Are You Feeding
An ancient Cherokee Shaman was pondering on the two wolves he had seen during his forrest adventure that day, when one of his grandchildren came running up and reminded him it was time for the evening teaching. The old Cherokee ruffled the hair of his youngest grandson and said he was on his way. He knew the exact story he would tell that night. The wolves in the forrest had been an omen.
The campfire was already burning brightly and all the youngsters were waiting with great anticipation to hear the wise words of their grandfather. Without any delay the old Cherokee Shaman began the lesson for his grandchildren about life. He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me...It is a terrible fight, and it is between a pair of wolves.
One of the wolves represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, pride and superiority.
The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too."
They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee Shaman simply replied..."The wolf I feed."
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A question to ponder:
Take the time to ponder on which wolf you are feeding the most? Be has honest as you can, whilst maintaining a level of detachment. The trick is not to beat yourself up if you are feeding the angry and malicious wolf. This will only feed it even more. Just observe where you are placing your attention and awareness. The very act of observing changes that which is observed.