Are  you carrying past sorrows, regrets, resesntment or self pity with you? It took me many years to understand that by holding on to my ‘unhappy’ emotions I was making them stronger. I love this traditional Native American Story about the two wolves that reside inside each of us.

An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me… it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

“One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt and resentment.

“The other wolf represents love, joy, peace, hope, truth, kindness, humility, compassion, and faith.

“This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

The children thought it over and then asked their grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”

From the [tag]law of attraction[/tag] perspective, what you feed (or focus on) is important because whatever you think about is drawn to you: Wherever your thoughts dwell there is a certain energy. Once you are aware of this, you can ask: is this the energy I want to feed? 

There are two strategies I know of that work well to refocus your energy:

  1. Forgiving the past. Sometimes that seems like the hardest thing in the world to do. But releasing painful past memories can happen very quickly. 
  2. Focus on gratitude for all that life has brought you – the good and the not so good – because both are part of who you are today.  As you focus on what is working well in your life, you attract more of that energy and there begins to be more in your life to be grateful for. Why not start a [tag]gratitude[/tag] journal today?

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