Two Wolves -The Science of Happiness
One winter’s evening whilst gathered round a blazing camp fire, an old Sioux Indian chief told his grandson about the inner struggle that goes on inside people.
“You see” said the old man, “this inner struggle is like two wolves fighting each other. One is evil, full of anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, deceit, false pride, superiority, and ego”.
“The other one,” he continued, poking the fire with a stick so that the fire crackled, sending the flames clawing at the night sky, “is good, full of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith”.
For a few minutes his grandson pondered his grandfather’s words and then asked, “So which wolf wins, grandfather?”
“Well”, said the wise old chief, his lined face breaking into a wry smile, “The one you feed!”
Many of us have heard this parable but it is an excellent reminder as we go into 2011 of what we need to focus on to create a healthy happy year. When we feed the shadow wolf and allow our feelings of jealousy, anger, inferiority and ego and allow ourselves to feel justified in negative emotions we are in effect harming ourselves. We are quite literally sending toxic chemicals around our body which cause us to feel bad. A recent study on the science of happiness has shown us that compassion, gratitude and trust release chemicals which lower our heart rate and relieve stress. Darwin said ‘Sympathy is our strongest emotion’ and it has been proven to be scientifically true. We are hardwired to care for others and that leads us back to ourselves. When we count out blessing and care for each other the world is not only a better place but a happier and healthier one. We have the choice in each moment to change and transform our emotions. Not only do we feel better when we count our blessings and are compassionate to each other, we also raise our vibration. When we raise our vibration we attract other people with a similar vibration and soon find ourselves receiving more gratitude and compassion.
Being full of love bring us back to our true selves and releases us from carrying unnecessary baggage from the past. It frees us to begin again in the moment and in the moment of love. Don’t forget to feel compassion and love for you as well. When we feel resentment and anger toward another, no matter how justified we may feel in doing so, the only person who suffers is us as we are the ones who have to carry those feelings. Our true nature is love and when we feed that love we feed our very soul.
Loads of love,