Turning Negative into Positive

We all have experienced negative people in our lives. Sometimes we become negative ourselves. It never feels good and can change our outlook on everything.

When that happens, I am reminded of the Native American Indian (Cherokee) wisdom of 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.” 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 you – and inside every other person, too.”

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

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

This is a great reminder that even in hard times, we always have a choice. Which wolf are you feeding?

The Power of Positive

We all have the power to create positive experiences in our lives.

In each moment, we can make a choice. We can walk away from negative situations and surround ourselves with people who are uplifting. If that isn’t possible, we can send our love and blessings to difficult situations, infusing a positive light into it.

Everything we think, say or do has a ripple effect in our lives and those around us.

We can learn much from a conscious communication practice rooted in Buddhist tradition. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is what I’m about to say kind?
  2. Is it true?
  3. Is it necessary?
  4. Does it improve upon the silence?

If you can answer yes to all four questions, then your words will resonate with love.

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