There is a parable which really has me thinking about our Native
American culture and their intuitive minds. It is always nice to get
our minds working, especially from a different perspective.
There is a “podcast” called, “Good Life Project,” which focused on
this story first. The parable is simply what choices we make in how
we ‘feed’ our souls. It ‘spoke’ to me about so much in a short amount
The entrepreneur and business consultant, Chris Zimmer and his
friend, Eric Forbes, developed a podcast played on iTunes out of
Columbus, Ohio. It is an interactive podcast and has reached huge
numbers of responses.
Zimmer is a follower of the podcast, “Good Life Project,” by Jonathan
Fields. He wanted to come up with his own ‘angle’ on using the parable
about two wolves. He explained why he invited his long-time friend,
Forbes, to join him in this quest to analyze the impact of this subject
upon new listeners and followers of the podcast, “One You Feed.”
The people who respond to the parable may choose to give up their
addictions such as food, alcohol, drugs, and other areas of their life
which ‘drain’ and ‘take away’ from their fully functioning lives.
Personal areas of lives are openly expressed on the podcasts. This is
reminiscent of the days when you would hear radio broadcasters
encouraging people to ‘call in and spill your guts’ on subjects.
There are still many radio announcers today doing just this sort of
thing. The idea of podcasts creates more of an international audience
rather than just ‘local call-in’s.’ It is still a very popular way of sharing
private areas of people’s lives. The same process is found on a wide
variety of television talk shows and self-help programs out there,
where this happens daily.
The subject matter may not be as deep as this parable leads you.
Taking you into your own inner workings and promoting self-
awareness seem to be two valuable processes that come out of
reading this parable.
I believe and hope this parable will stay in your mind for quite some
time. If you are not ‘into’ sharing publicly on the radio, a podcast or
television talk show, you may start a conversation with your family
or friends after you tell them this story.
“A man tells his grandchildren about a fight going on inside him,
a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger,
envy, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment and ego.
The other wolf stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness,
empathy, truth and generosity.
‘This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person,
too,’ he added.
One child asked, ‘Which wolf will win?’
The old Cherokee grandfather simply replied,
‘The one you feed.'”
Here is a quote about the podcast by Forbes:
“Most surprising to me is the success of the podcast. Eric and I knew
going in that we would have fun doing it, but it quickly became much
larger than just having fun.”
Zimmer also had a dream guest list for his podcast, which includes
some fantastic guests: “Leonard Cohen, Dalai Lama, Pope Francis,
and other spiritual leaders. Zimmer credits the work of Buddhist
nun Pema Chodron, (another ‘dream guest’) for basically saving
his life through her powerful book, “When Things Fall Apart.”
He continues by saying, “It’s beautiful the way Pema Chodron
sees the world.”
Where did Zimmer and Forbes come from? They are both Ohio
residents from Worthington, Ohio. They view the world from a
Midwestern viewpoint, down to earth, practical and nothing
fancy. Their podcast has had a few notable guests, Lewis Howes,
a professional athlete with roots in Columbus, Ohio. Also, Ohio
Congressman, Tim Ryan, who wrote, “A Mindful Nation.”
If you are interested in joining the ‘conversation’ about the wolf
parable or listen to others who have been guests on this podcast,
you may check out topics covered, articles, websites, blogs and
in some cases, free guides or books at:
Thank you Jenny Patton who wrote an interesting and much more
detailed article in the January, 2015 “Natural Awakenings” magazine.
You may check her out at her email address: Patton.firstname.lastname@example.org.