Way of Love and Compassion
Way of Self Degradation
Choices we make in day to day life
way of Self discipline on the Pagan Path
STORY OF TWO WOLVES
old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life
fight is going on inside me," he
said to the boy
is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
pride, superiority, and ego."
continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
truth, compassion, and faith
going on inside you -
inside every other person, too
grandson thought about it for a minute and then
his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
old Cherokee simply replied, "The
one you feed."
Author Unknown }
wonderful story is an excellent example of how we make choices in life,
part of the self do
we choose to foster ?
the Pagan paths, one is expected to create for themselves
the world at large the way of peace,
stands to reason that we cannot do this if we are focused
on ourselves, which is what the first wolf is. The way of concentrating
your thoughts on you, what you want,
your problems are, etc.
time we give in to self pity, pain, greed and the stoking of our own Egos,
feed the wolf of misery, and he grows stronger each time we do.
wise if we foster strength, giving and humility,
part of us grows stronger with time
the first one is easy to feed, all you have to do is get up some days...!
wake up in a bad mood? And it just seems to set the tone
for the whole
day, the next thing you know....
you had a fight with the mate, yelled at
and gripe about this and that, burned supper,
generally feel like curd to boot,which also tees us off...
easy to do this isn't it ?
this sensible..? NO...
what is needed here is self discipline
way of stopping our own hand from feeding the angry wolf inside us,
will tear the meat from our hands,
compassionate one, is gentle,not demanding,
him we must learn to know.
fight to live and survive in the world is inbred into us,
it tells us to do just that,
for every inch of the way
don't know about you,but sounds like
very tiring way to live
was said once that life is " Nasty, brutish
lived the way of the bad wolf I don't doubt
speaker was right
does this mean we are supposed to just roll over
let life run over us anytime it likes..?
means, even when we must stand up for our rights,
do so with compassion and understanding,
other guy may not be trying to make our lives miserable,
are many reasons for what we consider misfortune are not malicious,
are just things that are ...
how to learn to be self disciplined enough
feed the wolf of love and grace..?
really love yourself,others, even the ones that tick you off,
they need love, easy.....? No, a lot of em we would much rather give
kick in the teeth, but this would hurt you more
attention, self monitoring, when you feel the evil wolf stirring
you, stop, think. Do you really want to feel that way..?
you really want to be angry and sad..? Of course not,
but if you don't
stop yourself from letting the
bad one up and out to take over your actions,
will feel just that way
are in control of how you react to things,
be a slave to the bad wolfs prompting, he does not have
best interest at heart
the good wolf, often, make him fat and strong..
do this by doing the acts of love, compassion, giving.,
it becomes habit to do so. Stop and think when you
wronged, did the other guy really mean that.....?
are they just having a bad hair day...? :)
makes perfect so its said
practice the ways of love and grace in all that you do,
does not come easily,I wont lie to you.
are used to fighting, to rage, but we are the ones
pay most for such actions as we damage ourselves
much or more than any we rage against
Delay, if you just have to scream, shout and break things..
it, make yourself wait for it, then have at it, when its just you.
used to keep a box of old dishes at my back door,
when I had it with the
would go out back with the box
and merrily break plates and bowls etc..
until I felt better,then go back in
and deal with whatever it was,
beat the heck outa what I used to do, which was break heads,
and kick down doors. I was not a good person to cross in my youth.. :)
I know all about letting the raging wolf have free reign,
depressions, the works
See, practice the art of opening your eyes, see the situation
its entity,its reality. Too often what we rail against is not really there.
the mate really say something hurtful....? or just didn't think about how
was gonna sound before they said it ? Weigh all of it before you
judgment on it, look at the circumstance that's making you rage
see if perhaps it needs to be this way
someone besides you, we tend to look at things in life
our own advantage, we must learn to consider the needs of others ..
in things that effect us directly..
good to yourself, of all the compassion and love you can share,
a little tenderness with you, forgive the times you lost it and give up
you ARE worthy,as you are,
matter what you did yesterday,
how bad you feel it got
don't care if yesterday you where the terror
the neighborhood, this does not
have to stay that way !
is a new day and you are still breathing,
it means you have a chance to make changes,
show compassion for you,let go of the pain, let go the guilt,
let yourself be the person you want to be, free of past.
you can do nothing to change what was,only what will be,
wolf do you want walking beside you on that journey..?
Choice is yours
and may all your travels be merry
in good company