In the book "Taking the Leap" by Pema Chodron I read a story that has been staying with me ever since. The story was widely circulated a few days after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
A native American grandfather was speaking to his grandson about violence and cruelty in the world and it comes about. He said it was as if two wolves were fighting in his heart. One wolf was vengeful and angry, and the other wolf was understanding and kind. The young man asked his grandfather which wolf would win the fight in his heart. And the grandfather answered, "The one that wins will be the one I choose to feed."
I think this is our challenge, which wolf are we going to feed?
I'm committed to doing whatever I can or in other words I’m taking the leap to help turn things around. In my small little world with personal conflicts as much as in the bigger world I live in.
It doesn't take much time, but the willingness to become more conscious of our minds and emotions to reflect on what just happened.
And most importantly to me to add tiny islands into my day, starting this moment when I have hit send and practice before I do the next thing!
While I know, difficult situations arise I'm not going to feed the wrong wolf. And what if I do notice the wrong wolf showing up?
I remember this:
Take three joyful conscious breath.
Soften the grip.
It's just a moment in time.
Then let go.
I love to hear from you. Do you pause? How do you remember? Hit reply to this letter and share a sentence or two!
🌷Always with love,
PS: my new blog FREEDOM IN MY STEPS was published yesterday by Brave Healer Production. Please read it here:
Manuela Rohr is a writer and Yoga teacher/therapist BDY/EYU, C-IAYT. With roots in Germany she now lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Rosa, CA. She is the mother of a micro preemie girl and shares her healing journey in her blogs and teachings. She shares her transformational Yoga and Mindfulness lessons in private sessions.
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