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Cherokee Wisdom

An elderly Cherokee was imparting wisdom to his grandson about life. "There's a battle within me," he told the boy, "a fierce clash between two wolves.  One is evil, filled with anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other wolf is good, embodying joy, peace, love , hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."  "This same battle is going on inside you and every other person, too," he continued. After thinking, the grandson asked, "Which wolf will win?"  The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed." 


A colleague reminded me of this beautiful wisdom a few weeks ago and I felt moved to share it on my feeds.  Human brains work on patterns.  What we repeatedly experience is reinforced, it is what we become.  As children much of this depends on our environment and care-givers, as we grow it is increasingly in our gift to moderate and influence ourselves.   


What do you most want to feed in your psyche?  For focused, supportive psychotherapy that helps you enact the changes you want, get in touch.



grandfather and granddaughter playing on mat

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