There is an old Cherokee legend that goes like this....
A young boy came to his Grandfather, very angry with his friend who had betrayed him.
The old Grandfather said to his grandson, "Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that betray and are not sorry for what they do. But hate wears you down, and hate does not hurt your enemy. Hate is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."
"It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one wolf is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. But the other wolf, is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper."
"He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, because his anger will change nothing. Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, because both of the wolves try to dominate my spirit." The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which wolf will win, Grandfather?"
The Grandfather smiled and said, "The one I feed."
This story highlights that we do have a choice about the 'wolf we feed'. If we are aware and know and see our two wolves inside.
This awareness brings us to a 'choice point' will we feed the anger and hate OR Our inner peace and goodness.
This idea came to my attention again, through a wonderful podcast. It ends with, we can allow and recognize our inherent goodness to emerge. One of my favourite science based inner world 'gurus' - Rick Hansen interviewing Eric Zimmer founder of the podcast 'The One You Feed'. I do hope you enjoy.
And when you are feeling bereft of inner peace....
Here is a new '2 minutes to inner peace' audio track I've created.
Keep it handy! Feed the wolf you want:) - access it here.
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May you always know the 'wolf you are feeding'. And take 2 minutes now for your Inner Peace - New Meditation Here.
May peace be with you,
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