The Tale of Two Wolves
A Cherokee parable about the one you feed
The 'good' wolf vs. the 'bad' wolf, between reaching for light or dark
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
As humans this is the nature within us, and the whole of this intimate dance of life is to find balance. It's not about avoiding or trying to destroy one side, but really just being aware and present with the inner happenings. Feeling it all, and from there reaching for the healthiest, heartiest one. Easier said than done indeed, but it starts here with awareness and acceptance. Accepting the light and dark, the 'evil and good' within. We all come from love and light- connect to the heart space and feed your soul with good.
With all this being said, however, embrace your humanness. Understand that we are always in the process - there will be days where feeling good feels easy and some days where you can't seem to find your way out of the dark. It's all a practice - the cycle of life. Awareness is the first and greatest step.
Remember your worth, your power, your limitless. You are so strong and more than enough. We all feel stuck at times; maybe come back to this story and remind yourself that you are the one in control of making the choice. Reach for love, see the balance of both light and dark.
What can you do today to show up from a place of love and feed the wolf you deserve?
Happy Friday fam, one love!
Artwork by Gavin Aung Than