My neighbor owns a pack of hybrid wolves that are 60:40 canine:wolf. I love to hear them howl. It seems like a curious conversation. Except at four in the morning around the full moon! But that’s a different conversation. When I hear the wolves howl it reminds me of three things: of the intelligent design of life, of the interconnectedness of nature, and of choice.
I’d like to tell you the story that I learned about choice from Kenny Smoker on Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, first. It’s a story from their culture called the Two Wolves:
A grandfather was teaching his grandson about life…
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside of you – and inside of every other person too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and asked, “Which wolf will win?”
His grandfather replied, “The one you feed.”
When the wolves howl, it reminds me of The Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22 that my dad taught to me; of how when I seek THAT RELATIONSHIP, everything in my life gets better:
“The Fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustworthiness, gentleness, and self-control.” I pray and ask that these qualities be developed in me. Another one of my favorite quotes reads, “We need people who can be so strong they are gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free.”
When the wolves howl, it reminds me to re-watch this video: How Wolves Change Rivers. It needs no explanation from me. Just watch it, you’ll thank me later that it blew your mind how interconnected nature is:
When the wolves howl, it reminds me of the intelligent design of our bodies. When we get a cut it heals. You don’t have to tell your body how to do it. If you clean the area well and are healthy, it will scab then, the scab will fall off then, you’re left with beautiful pink skin underneath. So much incredible healing can take place when you give the body what it needs.
Four years ago my father was diagnosed with bladder cancer. They told him he had 3 months to live. I prayed he didn’t really hear the doctor when he had said it. But I trusted he would be lead to make the right decisions for his health. He was told he would need surgery to remove his bladder in order to survive. After much prayer he decided not to do it. Please understand that what I’m writing here is only a small glimpse into the difficult journey he went through.
His relationship with God carried him through each decision. He gave his body what it needed: radical change in nutrition, rest, he took toxic chemicals out of his food and environment, and used various forms of holistic support to improve the health of his body. It is four years later and not only is he healthier each year, but he actually looks younger and more vibrant than ever!
If we listen to our bodies and spend time in prayer, asking to be shown what we need, amazing things can happen. “Take a deep breath”, “connect with God”, “Move your body”, “get adjusted”, “listen to the wolves”, “have something to eat”, “sing with Isabella”, “drink some water”, “quiet your mind”, “go rock climbing”, “dance”, “do yoga”, “tell the people you love how awesome they are”, “lay on your hammock”, “pray”, “go for acupuncture”, “go mountain biking with David”, “get adjusted”, “go mountain biking again”, “serve your community”, “get adjusted again”, “do nothing”, “go camping”, “go to a concert”, “see the NY Ballet Co”, “go to the theatre”, “get a massage”, “learn something new”, “visit our local artists”, “make a meal with my family”, “unplug from technology”. Those are the things my spirit asks for! My dad would say, “pitch your tent with God” – there really is something to be said for going camping! When I seek THAT RELATIONSHIP first, everything else is taken care of because I can hear that internal voice guiding me in the direction I need to go.
What happens when too much stress gets locked in our bodies? We get stuck in various physical and mental ruts to the point we can no longer hear that internal voice and we lose our creativity, our ability to problem solve, and we often make bad choices. It happens slowly, sometimes insidiously until our connection fades. Our light gets dim and we don’t even know it’s happening. It’s called stress getting stuck in the body.
We have within us the ability to know what our bodies need in any given moment. We just need to remember how to listen. For me, that’s what makes me so passionate about chiropractic. When we remove a layer of stress from our bodies with an adjustment we restore our bodies ability to heal. As we heal, our ability to listen to what our bodies need returns, and we make better choices. I have helped so many people gain relief from different maladies, but what brings me even greater joy is the other ways their lives improve; in their relationships, personal goals, careers, hobbies, they ways they give back to their community.
My favorite definition of health comes from the World Health Organization, which says health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The only thing I would add, for my definition, is spiritual well-being. Find the things that help you get “unstuck”. What do you love to do that you haven’t done in a while? Surround yourself with people that help you get back to it.
It affects which wolf you feed.
As I am writing this, the wolves are howling again. And it makes me feel like God is saying to me, “you’re on track kiddo. Listen to your heart.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed this. Thank you for listening.
Oh, and if you need more inspiration, stop in the office and ask me for a copy of the book, The Making of a Miracle.
With Love and Gratitude,