The Wolf Within
““Many of you probably know the story called “The Tale of Two Wolves,” sometimes attributed to the Native American Cherokee tribe.
One day a man spoke to his grandson about a battle going on between two wolves. One wolf is evil. It represents anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The grandson thinks a while about the warring wolves and then asks his grandfather, “So which wolf will win?” The grandfather simply replies, “The wolf that wins is the one that you feed.” We human beings sometimes seem almost hard-wired to feed the wrong emotional wolf without realizing it, and as a result those traits grow stronger.
We all have wolf-hindrances within, and part of our journey of self-discovery involves knowing which wolf-hindrance we’re most likely to feed. The more we practice mindfulness, getting quiet, and staying in that calm center space between stimulus and response, the more keenly we’re able to observe our wolves with nonattachment. And the more deeply we observe, the better we are at releasing the charge they have on our lives.
Source: The Mindful Athlete George Mumford