The Story of Two Wolves – A Bit of Cherokee Wisdom


One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said: “My son, the batter is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorry, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked this grandfather:

“Which one wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied: “The one you feed.”

Which one do you feed? If you are like most folks – and are honest with yourself – I believe the answer would be both. I believe there is an innate desire to feed the good “wolf.” But, let’s face it, no matter how hard we try, life has a way of presenting ways of nourishing that “big bad wolf.” How about that guy who cuts you off in heavy traffic so close it takes a layer of paint from your car … the dry cleaner who lost your favorite outfit …or how about needing to stop at the store after a really rough day at work (for just one item, mind you), only to be trapped in the checkout line for over an hour. I could go on but I think you get the idea. Frustrating, to say the least, uh? So what emotions come to mind when you think of those things? It is these types of times that can offer my “big bad wolf” a full course meal! I mean, what are we supposed to do?

I have lived life with daily meditation and I have lived life without it. There is no question in my mind that meditation helps me feed that good wolf inside and puts that “big bad wolf” into hibernation.

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