Nourishing November

What are you nourishing this November ?

I wonder if you are familiar with the native american life story of ‘ The Two Wolves’ ?

A Cherokee is teaching his grandchildren about life:

“A fight is going on inside me.  It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. 

One represents : fear, evil, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other stands for: joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. 

This same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandchildren thought about this for a while and then one child asked his grandfather: 

“Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply smiled and replied:

“The one that you feed.”

This version of the parable is taken from one of my yoga teacher’s books:  Norman Blair’s “Brightening Our Inner Skies”: Yin and Yoga. 

I quote it often in Yin Yoga classes as it serves as a reminder of the power we have over our experiences and emotions.

Notice what you are nourishing your mind, body and spirit with today ?

Which wolf are you ? / Which will you choose to  ‘Nourish’ ?

What ways do you intend to Nourish your body, mind and spirit today and throughout the rest of November ?

Are you showing symptoms of stress at this time ? (Perhaps an indication that you need to focus on Nourishing ‘you’ / Self-care ?)

Emotional symptoms:

  • Easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Overwhelmed
  • Feeling ‘lacking’ or bad about yourself, low self-esteem, lonely, worthless, depressed.
  • Difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Avoiding others  

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Constant worrying, racing thoughts, forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Poor judgment and inability to focus 
  • Pessimism or seeing only negative                               

Physical symptoms:

  • Weakened immunity: frequent colds and infections
  • Stomach / gut issues
  • Aches, pains and muscle tension
  • Jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Nervousness, shaking, ringing in the ears, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Difficulty swallowing and dry mouth

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Nervous behaviors, eg fidgeting, pacing nail biting
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
  • Appetite changes (not eating or eating too much)

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