Wolf Medicine

Please sign a petition to stop hunting endangered wolves.

I have been wanting to get to Wolf Haven International for a while, so when our niece turned two we took the kids on a trip to see the wolves. Wolf Haven is just South of Olympia in Washington State and takes in wolves that have been kept as pets. I had assumed that the wolves were eventually released back into the wild, but once a wolf has lived around humans they can’t survive in the wild. Wolves are wild at heart so once they get past a certain age they are unpredictable (which is why they can’t be kept as pets).

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Revisiting Women Who Run With the Wolves

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD

Medicinal Stories that Nourish the Soul

A culture that requires harm to one’s soul in order to follow the culture’s proscriptions is a very sick culture indeed. This culture can be the one a women lives in, but more damning yet, it can be the one she carries around and complies with within her own mind. -P189

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Women Who Run with the Wolves is a very powerful book that I have found very helpful at crossroads in my life when I had to look deep into myself and understand who I was. I know there is a huge community of women who have also been supported by these ancient stories and the poetic way that Clarissa Pinkola Estes brings them to us. I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to post your favorite quote(s) and what they mean to you (or not) in the comments section.

I have been a South Park fan since episode one, but I will confess, they hit my button in the episode which mentioned Women Who Run with the Wolves. It is time my secret came to light–I get annoyed just thinking of Cartman badmouthing this sacred book, on the other hand, I also take this as a good sign–South Park is doing what it does best, pointing out where we take ourselves too seriously. If you have seen this episode, don’t let it deter you, this book is worth more than gold…

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