Former Commander of the US Navy Seals, Mark Divine, delivers a jaw dropping analogy on removing negativity, building positivity and forging mental resilience. This is a must listen!
LOUIS: "there's a wolf on the front cover you've got a book with a wolf in the title and stuff as well and wolves are my favorite animal by country mile um and I just I just want to ask what's what's the meaning behind it and I don't know if I missed it in the books or something but um why wolves and why is it on the covers and stuff and then the titles what does it mean to you"
MARK: I love Wolves too! Um another thing that I try to teach was the importance of of positive internal dialogue and developing a positive mental state and I didn't want to use the language of positive psychology which you know has kind of like a woo-woo uh you know Law of Attraction kind of feel to it and so I was like this is a really powerful uh tool and so I want to use metaphoric language and I want to really kind of penetrate why the why behind it's important to be positive and have a positive dialogue and it has a team to maintain positivity and so and I studied as much as I could about the energetic body system and I got into the work of Dr David Hawkins and and I you know I came across during this work so I came up with this idea that you know that most of the negative thinking is resides in your brain it's it's mental it's mentalization from your left hemisphere rational mind which is always stuck in the future or past and so you're obsessing about past decisions or you're fretting about a future that hasn't happened and that leads to negative Loops negative patterns
Then, I was like very intrigued by stories of people who would open their heart and use you know loving kindness meditation and suddenly they're they're living in a very very different state of mind very positive very open very compassionate very loving it was about that time that I stumbled upon the Native American story of the Wolves right and the way it was told or I learned it was
A Grandpa you know the grandfather Elder was talking to the kids and telling them that there were two wolves that reside in their body metaphorically one resides in their head and the other resides in their heart and it and it was the wolf of fear who resides in the head and it was the wolf of Courage that resides in the heart and the guys in the Elder says and these two wolves are always fighting for control over you and one of the kids asked well you know which one wins in the long run and the grandfather says well the one that you feed the most so oh my God I love it isn't that a great metaphor for if you if you constantly feed fear with negative thinking with negative dialogue with negative emotions with negative people with negative news the catastrophizing that all the with negative food even then you feeding that and you're reinforcing that and you're becoming that you're you're attracting it into your life and you're actually becoming that and your life is going to be full of fear and it's going to be really heavy dark energy and you're going to be negative but if you can starve that by shutting off news by cutting out the negative people in your life and by rewiring your thinking overriding the negative with positive thinking and also routing out the negative meaning that you've attached to past events and routing out any negative fear you have about the future by creating a more positive vision for your future then suddenly what happens you start to open your heart right you're now feeding courage so you feed Courage by starving the fear and opening up your heart and being more kind and so gratitude practice in you know having positive internal dialogue speaking kindly to yourself speaking kindly to other people all of that starves the fear and feeds courage and so then courage wins over time because you're starving for being fear starving fear of feeding courage and then that becomes the default mode instead of the fear and once you open that heart and you and you fed the courage and that wolf has won then there's no going back it's just continuing to to feed courage and open that interestingly the word courage means heart in French or core is a French root for the word heart and so courage is really feeding the heart or opening the heart or bringing your heart into your actions that's courage so that's it you know I I was so inspired by this story that the um I put the image on my self-published book unbeatable mind and it's basically me staring down The Wolf of fear"
LOUIS: "I love that that is so powerful"