The Wolf You Feed - Which Wolf Will You Feed?

Wolf You Feed Cherokee Story Cherokee Copper

You probably already know about the symbolism of yin and yang - the two opposing sides of life that balance each other. The story of the two wolves resonates with us because it is about the duality that lives inside us all. 

Even if you know the story of the Wolf You Feed it is important to re-read it as it delivers new wisdom each time.  The first time we read this story we realized the importance of not feeding the dark wolf but we neglected to feed the light wolf.  As you read this story, read it slowly, carefully out loud so that the words have time to sink in. 

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

But if you feed them right, they both win and so do you.  

You see both have good qualities. The black wolf has many qualities that we need, tenacity, courage, strong willed, and great strategic thinking. These are things the white wolf lacks. 

Now is a good time to reflect on how we can maintain the balance between the light wolf and the dark wolf so that both wolves will serve us.

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Thank you Greg and Lisa Cherokee Copper Keeping Tradition Alive


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    JohnDee Suelo : November 14, 2023

    Thank for this it can help me know what is all.

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    Debra orgeron : November 14, 2023

    Thanks for accepting me

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    Herman Hester: February 02, 2023

    May the wind be at your back may the sunshine warmth on your face may the rain fall softly on your field and until we meet again may God hold you safely in his hands.

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    Carla: February 02, 2023

    Thank you so much. I BOUGHT IT FOR MY daughter in law. her son is called Little Wolf. That is the reason we got that one. Thanks for the story. SHE WILL LOVE THAT. she is also Cherokee.

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