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The Cherokee Legend of the Two Wolves for Depression


There is a Cherokee legend about an elderly Cherokee brave who tells his grandson about life

“Son,” he says, “Within all of us there is a battle of two wolves. One is evil. He is anger, envy, jealousy, 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, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

“The same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too,” explained the wise Cherokee elder.

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.”


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I like this. I have heard it before -somewhere... - but I like seeing it again. Thank you for posting!

That's beautiful Skylar! But I think my wolf ran away to the big city lol I hear he whistles at pretty ladies now lol Keep up the awesome posts!

Your friend,

Brian :)

Awesome, I need to read this once a week. I just got off the phone with a counselor the other day after experiencing a betrayal of trust from two close friends. I asked him what to do, I am upset, felt defeated and was full of angst. He said “First take a day to figure out what to do, come up with a plan, don’t jump into anything now, then whatever you decide to do make sure it comes from the perspective of love.” I said yeah but I have been wronged, how do I even start to think of anything to do while I am in this moment of grief. He told me that no matter what the challenge its always best to handle it by envisioning, “What would love look like in this situation?” Once again I was baffled by this advice but I took a moment to visualize what love would look like in my situation and what occurred to me was that I should find peace with the people that effected me then move on from their influence in a way where peace can continue to exist for both of us.

Wow Midnightwolf1, a great story with an impact ending.

Thank you for sharing. :) x

So true. Always work for the good and towards the light. It is so beautiful and worth it. It is dignified and so worthy in itself. xxx

Great story and advice!

This is the first time I heard this story and absolutely love it! Timely too. Thank you for posting.

Very nice love it! x

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