Cherokee Wolf Wisdom

By Nick Polizzi

On a warm summer night a few years ago, an Ojibwe elder in the backwoods of Wisconsin shared a tale to illustrate an important choice we all have to make as we walk through this world. His words have stuck with me ever since and are particularly handy in times of intensity.

Given that today is the summer solstice, I thought that now would be a good time to share this ancient wisdom with you.

I hope this teaching serves you as well.

Stay curious,

Nick Polizzi
Founder, The Sacred Science

The Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.”

“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

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  1. Strength of the wolf is the pack. The strength of the pack is the Wolf…Kipling Choose wisely, feed the right wolf, and life is good.