I often found myself going a little crazy.
What I mean by that is that when I speak to myself in my head I always felt like I had two different thoughts going on at the same time.
It felt odd battling myself as if there were two people within me.
The hardest part was trying to figure out which voice to follow. Which one of those thoughts was the real me?
I was introduced to this teaching and it changed my whole perspective on what was going on. I felt pretty relieved to know that I wasn’t alone and that it is actually NORMAL to pay attention to different parts of yourself.
This is that poem:
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.”
Our minds are an extremely powerful tool that WILL do exactly what you ask of it!
That’s both an exciting yet scary thought all at the same time.
One thing I would like to point out is that no feelings are good or bad (in terms of right or wrong). Whatever you are feeling you should allow those feelings to pass through you.
Where the danger comes in is when you feed that wolf with those emotions that are not pleasant and act out in a harmful, hurtful ways to others. For example, if you are angry don’t yell and scream and throw stuff across the room. You can assertively tell the person that you are feeling angry in response to the situation and you need some time alone.
When you have control over your emotions (even if the other person doesn’t) you will find a sense of relief and peace within.
Have you heard this poem before? Does it resonate with you?