Thursday, March 11, 2010

Two Wolves

Two Wolves

An old Cherokee told his grandson that a battle that goes on inside each us.
The battle is between two 'wolves'.
One 'wolf' is Evil. It has anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other 'wolf' is Good. It has joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

~Native American Proverb


My two wolves have been at war with each other lately. I try my best to quiet the evil one and give attention to the good one but with everything going on in my life right now, it isn’t easy. I mentioned it to Master Dylan yesterday and he told me about the Native America proverb written above. It makes so much sense, doesn’t it? If you feed your jealousy, it grows. It’s like fire – if you give it oxygen, it gets bigger and more fierce. My anger, my resentment, my ego have all been clamoring at the buffet table wanting more, more, more. But the other wolf, the one that seeks peace, the one that believes in generosity of spirit, compassion and kindness, it has been quietly tapping me on the shoulder. “Don’t forget about me,” it whispers, “this is who you are”. So I hand it a scrap and think naively that it will be enough.

It’s not enough. But it’s a start.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like this this..
Made me think..
Call me soon..
I Miss You!!