The birth of Choices
By Alex Cuevas, April 2011
The Ganesh Story – The birth of Choices: Several weeks ago, I was doing my routine meditation on the sand here in Miami Beach, followed by prayer, asking the universe / God – help me resonate with my true purpose. I asked to be given clarity on how I could manifest my true purpose. This request is something I meditated for in earnest since the beginning of the year  when I began “meditating”. Note – I had been doing the chanting of “Ah” and “Om” during these meditative sessions to help me stay in a meditative state. It was early AM, and I had just completed my meditation session- I commenced my barefoot jog on the Miami Beach sand.
As I was almost wrapping up my 30 min run, I looked down casually, and protruding from the sand was a huge spike of some kind. I quickly slammed on the brakes as I was about to step on it and impale my poor bare foot! I squat down and picked up the spike, and pulled out a (brass?) figurine on a long chain. I had no clue what it was but I brought it back with me. I sent my friend Lori a camera snap shot of it, and she said, I think that is Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. I got the chills and acknowledged the universal message…not knowing exactly what that meant – but I had recognized in my head that my biggest obstacles toward fulfilling a life dream of operating a vegan restaurant were: 1) Living in NY and Miami, 2) My “loyalty” to my friend & business partner at the present company I work for 3) a commitment towards helping him grow his company, 4) my biggest fear- the fear of failure and 5) loss of certainty (income).
The following week, I was forced to let go of NY due to the financial constraints two rents began to put on me – later my shipped boxes arrived in Miami and with that, one obstacle was removed. Later that weekend I was “fooling around” and I put the Ganesh necklace on… a few days later, I felt subconsciously compelled to remove another major obstacle – an honest communication with my business partner. We sat down. I explained to him what I believe to be my life’s destiny – I explained to him that people are dying, animals are suffering on a massive industrial scale, our earth is being depleted, and the major factor in this, is a human system with a lack of consciousness from those oppressing, and from people-not-yet-aware. There is a lack of information on the atrocities of factory farming and lack of insight to proper nutrition. I MUST change this; therefore, I have to leave our company and open a vegan café.
To my surprise, my business partner did not get upset at me for telling him I was going to step away, but rather he asked if I needed an investor in the new restaurant. Ganesh removed the obstacles? Coincidence? Perhaps… but I will choose to believe that it was the universe providing assistance in overcoming my own barriers so that I may be able to resonate with purpose. My other fears of failure / uncertainty – are no longer. For I have accepted minimalist philosophy of material goods for a greater purpose. And I will leave my own fate up to God.
…Onward then…. Destiny is set in motion – the veggie flag of consciousness will be raised.
Choices Café will be born in Miami.
Why Choices Cafe? What do we stand for?
…For the animals, for our earth, for our health… for we are a sum of our Choices