The story of the two wolves

An old Cherokee is 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.

The other is good; he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, 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 he asked: “Which wolf will win?”…

The old Cherokee simply replied: “The one you feed“.

About The Story of The Two Wolves

This beautiful Cherokee Indian legend illustrates the most important battle of our lives: the battle between our ego and our essence, between our mind and our soul.

Our negative thoughts can be our worst enemies; they trigger an array of negative feelings such as anger, jealousy or resentment, to name a few, creating chronic stress which has a direct impact in the body’s hormone balance and damages the immune system.

How many times do you find yourself dwelling on a negative thought? Probably, more often than you had even noticed.

The more we “feed” our mind with negativity and anger, the more stressed we are likely to be. Worrying has never solved a problem. However, focusing our precious energies on doing our very best every day will make us feel empowered and gain clarity of mind, which in turn will help us find and stay on the solution-finding path.

Make a conscious effort to watch your thinking patterns; ensure that you only allow positive thoughts to remain in your mind and keep “feeding” them with more positive thoughts.

Training your mind is feasible (and fun!), no matter how hard it may seem at first. Going to the gym the first day may be challenging, yet if you are disciplined and consistent, soon you will start to notice the results. Your mind is no different. It doesn’t matter what your starting point is. Wherever you are, is just the perfect place to start.

Watch your thoughts. Focus on the positives. Thank the negative ones for the lessons and guidance they may give you and let them go.

Start just now. Your best life is about to start.

Namaste.

3 Easy Steps to Stop your Racing Thoughts

mindfulness-The fast-paced life that we are living in today often takes a toll on our wellbeing; we lose touch with ourselves and get carried away with thoughts that make our stress levels rise exponentially…

But, are those thoughts helping us achieve our goals? Are they useful in any way? And most importantly… are they true?… the answer is no.

Problems, obstacles and challenges exist, they are simply part of life and we all experience them from time to time. Yet often we find ourselves immerse in a spiral of repetitive thoughts, either going over a past situation time and time again, or anticipating a catastrophic outcome of our current concerns, involved in never ending strings of thoughts that have a pattern, consume your time and energy, and often have no rational conclusion.

Racing thoughts not only create psychological discomfort but they also impact our overall wellbeing, affecting our health and our relationships.

Well, the good news is that we can regain control of our minds and wellbeing. Whereas the inner work that we all can do is a lifetime project, here we have some easy tools to start with that will help us win the battle to our racing thoughts:

1.- BREATHE

Yes, breathe! You will probably think: “well, I’m breathing now!”… The truth is that most of us have adopted a shallow breathing pattern that doesn’t support a state of calmness. Shallow breathing draws a minimal amount of air only to our chest area using the intercostal muscles rather than through the lungs via the diaphragm, which increases our heart rate as our poor heart needs to work extra hard to ensure that all of our organs have the minimum amount of oxygen they require. Increased heart rates trigger a sense of nervousness as a natural response of our body to what’s perceived as a danger.

Practicing conscious deep breathing will trigger a sense of calmness within seconds. Simply take a few minutes to focus on your breathing; notice your current breathing pattern and proceed to take a few deep breaths, holding the air in for a few seconds before exhaling. Repeat ten times, or as many as you wish, and notice how much calmer you feel.

2.- EXPOSE THE LIAR

Yes, racing thoughts are often liars! Our mind tends to worry about things it is convinced are true but most of the time are actually not true. Ask yourself: is this thought true? Do I have any evidence that what I am worrying about is actually happening or going to happen? Challenge your thoughts. Write down the answers. You will most likely come to the conclusion that you are worrying about something that simply is not real.

3.- REPLACE IT WITH A MANTRA

A Mantra is a simple phrase or word that you repeat to calm your mind. Several studies in our mind and behavior have come to the conclusion that repeating a Mantra (out loud or silently) reduces the activity in the part of your brain that is responsible for your mind wandering.

Find a mantra that you resonate with. Your mantra can be a simple word or sound such as “Ohm”, or a short sentence like “My life gets better and better”. Find a mantra that makes you feel good and repeat it whenever your mind starts playing on you. It will replace the recurring thoughts and you will start to feel calm and in control.

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”

Have a lovely day.