This week we talk to Benjamin Shalva
Benjamin Shalva is the nationally renowned author of Ambition Addiction: How to Go Slow, Give Thanks, and Discover Joy Within and Spiritual Cross-Training: Searching through Silence, Stretch, and Song and has been published in the Washington Post, Elephant Journal, and Spirituality & Health magazine. A rabbi, writer, meditation teacher, and yoga instructor, he leads spiritual seminars and workshops around the world.
In This Interview, Benjamin Shalva and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- His new book, Ambition Addiction: How to go slow, give thanks and discover the Joy Within
- That ambition can be healthy and it can also cross the line to being destructive
- The casualties ambition can leave behind
- The mirage of “any day now”
- The signs and symptoms of ambition addiction
- That addictive behavior is something we do often and it’s counterproductive
- The helpfulness of the question: Is my goal an all or nothing goal?
- That the road to hell is not paved with good intentions, it’s paved with unexamined intentions
- Recovering from ambition addiction
- The technique of breath, word and deed
- The key step of slowing down
- The key step of giving thanks
- The key step of donating time
Benjamin Shalva Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feedThe Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.