Our thoughts influence our actions and beliefs. It’s the main school of belief that thoughts float in and out of our minds without a lot of control by us and we often feel powerless to them. However, I believe that the power is always in our own hands. We get to choose which thoughts we fuel and feed. I love the old Native American story of The Two Wolves:
An old Cherokee was 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.”
The practice of observing your thoughts can be powerful. Begin to notice the nature and content of your inner dialogue. Is it kind? Is it true? Is it helpful or harmful? Get curious in the state of judgement or non-judgement in your own thoughts. I invite you to into a little self inquiry around becoming aware of your thoughts and state of mind:
What does thoughtfulness mean to you?
Are you thoughtful with your words?
Are you thoughtful in your yoga practice or other daily practices? If so, how?
Are you thoughtful in actions/interactions with others? If so, how?
Are you thoughtful when it comes to yourself? If so, how?
Look back at your responses. How do you feel about them? Are there any shifts or changes you wish to make in you life? Choose one shift, something subtle and small and with love and compassion, choose the wolf you wish to feed.