How do we know?

First Version: I wasn’t sure if I felt like going to a yoga class this morning. I woke up not feeling that great, and getting out of bed was the last thing on my mind. Still, I dragged myself out, and made coffee. While gulping it down, I spilled half a pot on myself. That sucked big time. Upset, I grabbed my mat and headed out. It rained yesterday evening, and with the freezing temperatures, a thin layer of ice covered the ground. Rushing to the car I slipped and fell. Boy did it hurt. Maybe, I thought, all these are signs I should not go to Yoga this morning. I considered it for a moment but then decided that I may as well continue with my resolve to take the class.
Traffic is usually light this time of the day, but there was an accident on the road ahead, and I got held up for an extra ten minutes. Again I debated whether to just call it off and head back to bed; after all, I did make an effort. But I decided that if I made it thus far, I may as well pursue it. The instructor was just about to start when I entered the studio. Turns out it was just what I needed! My body felt so much better after the class and my whole day was wonderful. In retrospect, the spilling of the coffee, the slipping on ice, and the delay due to the car accident, where all just ways the Universe was testing my will power. I prevailed!

Second Version: I wasn’t sure if I felt like going to a yoga class this morning. I woke up not feeling that great, and getting out of bed was the last thing on my mind. Still, I dragged myself out, and made coffee. While gulping it down, I spilled half a pot on myself. That sucked big time. Upset, I grabbed my mat and headed out. It rained yesterday evening, and with the freezing temperatures, a thin layer of ice covered the ground. Rushing to the car I slipped and fell. Boy did it hurt. Maybe, I thought, all these are signs I should not go to Yoga this morning. I considered it for a moment but then decided that I may as well continue with my resolve to take the class.
Traffic is usually light this time of the day, but there was an accident on the road ahead, and I got held up for an extra ten minutes. Again I debated whether to just call it off and head back to bed; after all, I did make an effort. But I decided that if I made it thus far, I may as well pursue it. The instructor was just about to start when I entered the studio. Turns out it was a really bad decision. Midway through the class, my upset stomach decided to share with the rest of the participants my last evening’s meal. It was a total disaster. I’ll save you the gruesome details. Somehow I made it back home, to bed, where I should have stayed in the first place. In retrospect, the spilling of the coffee, the slipping on ice, and the delay due to the car accident, where all just signs the Universe was trying to tell me to stay home. But I didn’t listen…

Now, of course, the question that begs an answer is how do we know ahead of time what is the right choice? I, for one, do not have the answer. At least not yet.

Learned from: contemplation about signs from the Universe.

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About Ronen

Ronen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over thirty years. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Native America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients, each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor.
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