Feeding the Good Wolf

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So many ways to connect to yourself and heal from a space that is always available, you just have to slow down and take the time to simply be. Last Friday at Ocean Bliss Yoga, we offered chanting and meditation with Katie Lords and Paulette Mancuso.

Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for everyone with all the celebrations and opening day for the summer. I knew that I would make time for this special evening even though I was being pulled in many directions with all the festivities in Rockaway. Ahh, summer is here and we are happy the beaches are open and the sun is shining.

It was an extraordinary evening with a chant that opened our hearts, released negative energy and brought a lightness to each and every person in the room. Paulette settled us in with a beautiful centering in practice and breathwork. Katie read from a powerful Cherokee Indian legend that I will share in this column. It is the column! Thank you Katie and Paulette for bringing so much wisdom and love to our community.

Our negative thoughts can create anxiety, anger, resentment, jealousy—an array of emotions. Negative thinking is normal. However, if this way of thinking becomes incessant, it can lead to depression and self-destructive behavior like addictions, derailing us from what we want most in life. At minimum, negative thinking saps our energy, erodes our self-confidence and can put us in a bad mood. Certainly, many would agree that our thoughts come and go so quickly that it seems impossible to notice them, but with awareness and an attitude of self-compassion, we can redirect our negative thoughts to more positive ones.

Two Wolves is a Cherokee Indian legend and illustrates the most important battle of our lives—the one between our good and bad thoughts. Here is how the story goes:

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 thoughts can be our own worst enemy. That is, if we let them. Think about how you may be “feeding” your negative thought, catch it and ask yourself, “What is this thought doing for me?” You will find the answer is that all it is doing is disempowering you. You can immediately feel more empowered by focusing on something good in your life and cultivate the practice of gratitude.

We can create greater peace, confidence and a more positive outlook by learning how to manage our thoughts. After all, this battle can be won because we have the power of choice.

Which wolf are you feeding? Remember, you always have a choice…

All the above was shared by Katie Lords. Forever grateful for the reminder to feed the good wolf.

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