Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

How a Cherokee teaching may help us during chaotic times.

A wise Cherokee Grandfather teaches his grandchildren about life: "A fight is going on inside me," he says to the children.

"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."

The grandfather continues, "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 grandchildren thought about it for a minute and then asked their grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

Their Cherokee grandfather simply replied, "The one you feed."

How to feed the good wolf

Assume the role of a neutral observer regarding troubling world events.

It is possible to care deeply about what's going on in the world while not absorbing negative energies or fear. Be like the journalist or the yogi, who practices observing objectively without adding opinions or judgments. This perspective allows you to see clearly, to stay centered, to keep your heart open, and to make informed choices for your highest good.

Let go of focusing on anger, gloom and doom.

Be aware that those emotions carry a very low energy frequency, which also happen to: close your heart, shut down your immune system, bring down others and create more fear. And it feels lousy because those energies are all part of the fear zone.

Stay the high road. A positive approach is to always feel your emotions, and let them pass through like weather. You will feel better quickly, and returning to a positive centered state of being contributes to upgrading the entire matrix.

Forget about trying to fix people.

This does not mean ignoring behaviors and patterns that are less than noble. It means to see them clearly so that you are not "ambushed" or hurt by someone or some group whose patterns are actually totally predictable.

Even though you might know how to change a person for the better, be advised that no one wants to be fixed. The energy implies the other person is less than. And that vibe will only be met with resistance and hostility.

If, and only if, someone asks for a suggestion, offer it. And then let it go. What they do with it is not in your control and is not about you. Instead, focus on whatever you need to upgrade in yourself. This is in your control.

Skip complaining, criticizing or being offended by the "bad wolf."

You already agree that you do not want to feed the bad wolf. Be aware that talking with others about how awful some people are just keeps you engaged in the battle, right back into feeding the bad wolf.

Find like-minded people with whom you can share and expand the energy and action steps for a positive vision of what's possible.

New paradigm of the good wolf

Feeding the good wolf is an analogy for choosing a loving state of being over a fearful one. Practicing this choice as consistently as possible is how every person can contribute to a collaborative and inclusive world reality in which separation and negative polarities no longer thrive. PJH