I think everyone I know has heard the tale of the two wolves--the good and the bad and how it matters to whom you are giving emotional sustenance. Am I waking up with anger and frustration? Chances are, if I am, I will probably attract and look for more things about which to find fault and complain throughout the day. I feed THOSE feelings of inadequacy, comparison, emotional neglect and disgruntlement, and within this heartspace of hurt, I can birth and strengthen a wolf of fear and anger.
However, if I awake and consciously choose to look for the beauty, the love, the miracles and joy, then I manifest and feed the wolf within who protects and honors the same things in life. It is a beautiful and powerful story of creation and personal responsibility. No one else is responsible for what I am creating in my life. Even when challenges happen or disappointment comes to my doorstep, I can decide the story I am going to tell and which main character I will emulate--the "hero" or the "villain."
Some mornings, it can be a challenge to get up out of bed and see the sun shining, the food in the cupboards and the gift of those I love resting peacefully nearby. I am human and have an ego. These are the days when I get back to the basics of being still, building body awareness and breathing. They are powerful tools to find your way back to the pack of gratitude.
First, I sit someplace peaceful and quiet. If I can, I go outside near the earth. Being still to me, means no distractions of computer, TV, radio, children, etc...AND it may only be for a few minutes of time.
Next, I internally scan my body to notice HOW I am feeling. Is there pain anywhere, do I feel emotional or restless, and is my mind chattering away and WHOSE voice and words are really speaking? I practice observation and non-judgment during this time and I MEAN PRACTICE. There is no perfect way when I practice. There is only the doing over and over until it becomes more ingrained in my psyche.
Finally, I take deep, slow breaths. I like to inhale through my nose, pause and hold my breath for a moment and then open my mouth and exhale deeply--sighing like the wind blowing through the trees. I do this for a few moments, envisioning my feet growing roots and settling further into the earth and myself. I feel better and am able to lovingly feed the gentle, playful and compassionate she-wolf within.
I invite you to practice these same techniques and see who you wind up wanting to feed inside of you.