Which path to take?

Often I look ahead, and I see a path, a clear path outlined with all the areas in life that I am familiar with. I can make a decision, choose left instead of right and keep going. But sometimes, my path becomes unclear, covered in fog, and I am lost, unsure of which way to turn.

Do I run straight ahead, plough through the fog, turn left or turn right? Do I go back? Or do I stay completely still? Where possibly no one will find me, here amongst the fog. 

I never stand still.

Maybe sometimes I should.

When I reach this part of the road, I try desperately to listen to my intuition. What does my heart say? What should I do next? 

Sometimes this is incredibly hard. I can’t hear my own heart, with all the clatter going on in my mind. Sometimes it can take days, weeks or sometimes months, to differentiate between the chatter in my mind and what my intuition is saying. But somewhere in there, I am able to make the right decision.

Listening to our intuition is hard. It is believing in yourself and what you feel is right, what you know is right in your heart, and often we don’t believe in ourselves enough to tune in.

Sometimes I get it wrong. Often that terrible sick feeling in my stomach hits me, and I know I should have turned left when instead, I turned right. Then the back peddling is always fun – not or making new decisions in life that help one backtrack – though this too can be possibly impossible. But other times, it’s a quick fix to get back on the right path and then the fog lifts. 

I find that meditation helps me, during the foggy times. A tool I use in many different situations, but always a good one. I like the meditation apps you can use on your phone. It is quick and easy. Afterwards, I feel clearer, lighter somehow. Often I am then able to make the decision I was having such trouble with before. 

What tools do you use when life gets foggy?

Do you talk to a friend?

Go for a run or exercise in some way?

Take some time out to think things through?

Or do you stay in the fog, unable to reach out? What could you do to help you find your way through it?

Today at my desk, I am choosing to find the right path, I’m sure its right there, in front of me, the fog is starting to lift, and now I am able to decide which way to turn. Today it is to plough on full steam ahead and not to turn back!

Comments

  1. I know meditation and coffee might sound antithetical – but that’s my zen place for thinking my way out of the fog.

  2. Some years ago I was camping at Lake Albina in the snow mtns at Easter. It was a wonderful warm sunny day and the moon shone brightly in the evening. During the night the rustling of the tent woke me up and I unzipped the door to peer out southwards towards the Vic high country. I could see the line of frontal cloud baring down on us. In the morning when I ventured out it was only 5 degrees and a thick fog had covered us. Being at least 3km off the track, we had to navigate out the old fashioned way! I got out a map and compass and plotted a bearing to dissect with the main track and we hiked with visibility only 1m in front of us! Without mobile phone or GPS, I used my navigating skills learnt from orienteering as a child at School. When your in the fog don’t forget the map and compass! Visualize your environment and follow your internal compass and you will get back on track soon enough, a little cold and a little shaken but safe again!

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