A Cherokee Chief was teaching his grandson about life.
“A fight is going on inside me,” he told the young boy, “a fight between two wolves.
One is evil, full of anger, sorrow, regret, greed, self-pity and false pride.
The other is good, full of joy, peace, love, humility, kindness and faith.”
“This same fight is going on inside of you, grandson…and inside of every other person on the face of this earth.”
The grandson ponders this for a moment and then asks, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?”
The Chief smiled and simply said, “The one you feed.”
Mindfulness helps us to be more aware of when the evil wolf presents itself. Paying attention to these difficult feelings is necessary because this is part of the human experience. This awareness gives us space to choose a more wise response or action that is in alignment with what we value and who we want to be.
Mindfulness also helps us to feed the good wolf. Focusing on gratitude, compassion, empathy and kindness more often in our life will create more well-being in our life.