Forget the Former Things

There is a fight that goes on inside all of us, a terrible fight, and it’s between two wolves that battle in our minds. One wolf is evil. The other is good. The wolf that wins is the one you feed.

Your Evil Wolf wants you to cling to the past. It wants you to remember all the hurt, pain, rejection, and inadequacy. It anchors it in your mind so that you will think the worst of yourself. It wants you to feel stuck and confused. It wants you to make bad choices that hurt yourself and others. It accuses you of being too short, too slow, not smart enough, not good-looking enough, and that you’ll never be able to do that. Who you? That only happens to the lucky few.

Your Good Wolf wants you to see a new thing ahead. It tells you to not dwell in the past, to forgive, forget, and let it go. It is your Advocate and makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. It is doing a new thing in you and wants you to perceive it springing up. It wants you to rely on Him and know that you are lovable and good, no matter your circumstances. It wants you to trust that He is working for your good in the midst of all that is happening. Feeding Him means you can forget the former things of the past.

Starve your Evil Wolf and feed your Good Wolf by working out in your mind gym. A mind gym is a virtual place where you can clear and calm your mind from all the negative clutter. It is a safe space that can be real or fictional, but a space where you can relax. It’s where you train yourself to allow negative thoughts to enter your mind, but release them to float away. They don’t have the ability to stick around. It’s where you have a mind trainer, someone who you look to for wisdom and counsel, who you can visualize speaking with you. It can be a real person in your life or a fictional person from a movie.

For me, my mind gym is at the base of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, AZ. I’ve visited there a number of times and it’s the perfect place to unplug. My mind trainer is Yoda. I know that sounds funny, but I grew up watching Star Wars and I love all those scenes when he’s training Luke to be a Jedi. He’s the first person than came to mind.

Everyone’s mind gym and trainer will be different. What’s important is that they serve the purpose of strengthening your ability to feed your Good Wolf and forget the former things that are holding you back.

Published by Marc Casciani

Bridging brothers & sisters to what's important. Author of Craft Your Calling. Host of the Neighborly Love podcast.

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