by Judith Bobbe, LCSW
” An old grandfather is speaking to his grandson about what causes the violence and cruelty in the world. “In each human heart,” he tells the boy, “there are two wolves battling one another—one is fearful and angry, and the other is understanding and kind.” The young boy then asks, “Which one will win?” His grandfather smiles and says, “Whichever one we choose to feed” Tara Brach
We each have energies within which we nurture and feed. Our own thoughts and habits feed our energies. The fires of love build connections and the fires of anger create disconnection.
There is a choice we can each make every day – do we feed the fires of anger, fear and resentment, or the fire of love?
Feeding the fire of self-knowledge, and compassion offers us clear perception and ease in connecting with the world.
The fires of anxiety and silent smoldering embers of anger, on the other hand, drain the life force and cause deep unhappiness.
Until we take the time to notice and to think about it, we can by habit, feed emotional tendencies which cause unhappiness. We can learn how to cultivate the inner fire of light and self- love instead.
The true self is self- luminous and we can develop our ability to access it and make it stronger.
Meditation practices, breathing exercises and yoga postures cultivate the fire of vitality, love and strength. So do being in Nature, being creative, and loving others.
When we do breathing exercises we strengthen and clean the lungs. More essentially, we enliven and clarify the nervous system, and the complex web of mental and emotional patterning, which is the basis of our perceptions, expectations, and our actions. These patterns comprise the basis of our approach to life.
When we stoke the fire of self- illumination, we strengthen the body, the mind and the heart. Creative self – awareness grows and becomes a framework for developing a happy life, day by day. Attachments to anxiety, depression, stagnation and fear, all become less attractive, and change happens more easily.
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