* Which Wolf are you Feeding?

black and white wolf

In the highs and lows of life there is often inner struggle. I first heard the tale of the two wolves some years ago, and it has appeared again twice this past week. Time to take notice for myself and share with you! I love the simplicity of  it and how it really opens up a new approach to dealing with our own attitudes and emotions.

There’s an old Native American tale about an elder who realized that  he had two wolves fighting inside of him.

One was mean spirited and selfish, and the other was noble and compassionate.

A younger man once asks of him “Which wolf usually wins?”

He replied, “It depends on which one I feed.”

Can you relate to this story? Which attitudes of mind and emotions do you tend to feed?

When we recognize and accept that both wolves are inside us, we can become mindful of which one to nourish.

20 responses to “* Which Wolf are you Feeding?

  1. Until we become mindful, that darned wolf eats all of the scraps we so carelessly drop each day. When the wolf finally becomes so huge that he eyes us hungrily…………it’s time to realize that it isn’t the neighbor that’s feeding the wolf, it’s us. Love the simplicity of your story.

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    • Thanks SWH for adding to the story and insight. I love the insight that we feed the wolf scraps without knowing it! Mindfulness lets us control the feeding schedule and know it is indeed ours and not the neighbor’s fault. LOL 🙂

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  2. I have shared this before on SLTW, by my two wolves were more multi-faceted:

    An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

    “A terrible fight is going on inside me between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is dishonesty, anger, envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, false pride, superiority and egotism.

    “The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,
    kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

    “This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

    The grandson thought about his grandfather’s words for a minute, and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”

    The old Cherokee replied, “The one you feed.”

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  3. I blogged this myself quite some time ago with a graphic I created. It’s a wonderful legend and one that I really admire. Thanks for sharing it once more.
    A good legend is always worth repeating.

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