Embrace Our Inner Selves…

Be of Humble Heart and Spirit...
Be of Humble Heart and Spirit…

There is an old Cherokee legend of Two Wolves living within each of us…

One is evil; he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego…

The other is good; he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith….

The legend concludes that whichever wolf we readily feed is the one that will prevail and dominate our thoughts and hearts…But I contend that because they are both a part of what makes us human, of what makes us individually different from each other…These two wolves are as intricate a part of our being as the double helix is to our DNA…and yet so many of us are fearful of our inner wolves. We tend to shy away from them, suppress them, deny them and at times pretend they don’t exist.

These two wolves are able to coexist within our beings because we are a combination of spiritual and emotional…

Our spiritual self is our good wolf, always at the ready to share its gifts, vulnerabilities and love. While our emotional self is our evil wolf, ruled by ego and psyche it thrives on its own need to physically feel…but the truth is that we need not fear nor try to vanquish this other darker half our being…instead we must learn to understand and love it with all of our heart.

For by embracing the shadows of our dark wolf, we allow it accept the love and light being offered by our spirit…we in a sense tame our ego and temper it with humility by teaching it that there is no need to “feel” all of those emotive and uncontrollable thoughts and pangs of unease.

Instead of starving our dark wolf as the legend suggests, would we not fare better by feeding and nourishing it with a daily diet of sustenance comprised of goodness, acknowledgement, forgiveness, quality and love….?

For just as we are prompted to see ourselves for who we truly are, we must by that very action see ourselves in our entirety…our good, our beautiful, our bad and our ugly…and we must strive to learn from our dark wolf that every emotion we feel is but for the lesson of humbly accepting that he, our ego, is NOT the ruler of our being, but merely another part of who we are, and that in order to reach the light we must traverse the dark and shadowy places of hearts and minds…

So the next time we feel those familiar feelings of our dark wolf beginning to arise, let us fear him not, but indeed let us help him acknowledge his feelings, allow him to fully understand them and then offer him praise and love for his willingness to release those shadowy thoughts into the light….

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