This is a 2 minute video that illustrates beautifully what mindfulness is as well as how mindfulness helps us using the Native American parable of the two wolves.
It shows how we all have both good and bad within us represented by two wolves that fight inside us.
One wolf is fearful, vengeful, envious, deceitful, and everything bad. The other wolf is compassionate, loving, generous, truthful, peaceful, and everything good. The child asks, “Which wolf will win the fight?”
To which the elder replies, “The one I feed.”
That doesn’t mean we try to deny, hurt or kill the angry wolf. If we did that, we’d make the wolf more powerful. This is what is meant by, “what you resist persists.”
If we fight the wolf, it sucks the energy out of us and only makes the angry wolf stronger. Instead we calmly pay attention to the wolf and let go of any thoughts about it. When we do that, the angry wolf becomes docile and lies down next to us, no longer an enemy.
We strengthen the good wolf and let it become out steady companion by feeding it with our attention. We let it show us the way through all kinds of life experiences, good and bad.
This is what mindfulness can help you do. Mindfulness allows us to see our thoughts and feelings as they are beginning.
It’s very powerful to know what we’re feeling as we’re feeling it, and to know what we’re thinking as we’re thinking it.
With mindfulness, we can strengthen and choose what we will bring into action (the good wolf) , and we can choose what we will gently let go of (the bad wolf). We don’t have to be at the mercy of old habits or old ways of thinking, or old ways of being. We are empowered.
It just takes practice.
Wishing you peace,
PS. Here are some easy mindfulness tips you can use today to help feed your good wolf 🙂
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