8/22/07

good things come

i am learning that if...
i ask for what i want (truly ask for it: pray, wish, intention it); allow myself to receive it (welcome the opportunities around me); release judgments about it (do not place limits on how or when it might arrive); feel the joy of it (assume it is already on its way); i can have it in ways more beautiful and affirming than i could have imagined.

10 comments:

Carleen Brice said...

I think you've struck on the biggest obstacle for many of us...allowing ourselves to receive it without judgment. Thank you again for a wonderful way for me to start my day!

iyan and egusi soup: said...

hello carleen,

you're dearly welcome. i too think letting go of judgment is the most challenging part.

(by the way, i just read your comment on eudaemonia--about the person who asked for your book. what a great story!)

Lisa said...

I think this is the perfect recipe too -- what I think tends to frustrate many people is making wishes far too specific -- in my technical world, we see many people who want to dictate a solution, not tell us what the requirement is. By leaving the wish, the desire open enough, we can see how it gets fulfilled, little by little and in my experience, always in ways we aren't expecting. Thanks for the inspiration this morning! Is the weather gray today all over the country?

iyan and egusi soup: said...

hi lisa!

you're welcome. it's my joy. actually, it's quite sunny here today--nice and humid too.

Carleen Brice said...

Well, we have quite a little mutual admiration society going on here, don't we? :-) Very cool.

I'm actually ready for some gray days and cooler weather. As much as I bitched (can I say that here?) and moaned last winter, I shouldn't complain, but I'm tired of the scalding heat.

I think not only do people make wishes that are too specific, but I see far too many people who want it to just fall in their laps. I'm more of a "pray to catch the bus, then run like crazy for it" kind of person. I pray for the strength and courage to do what I need to do so I can achieve that what is meant for me to achieve. Does that make sense?

iyan and egusi soup: said...

carleen:

"mutual admiration society." :)

yes, you make perfect sense.

"pray to catch the bus, then run like crazy for it". i love the way you've captured this...bringing ourselves (actions, etc.) in alignment with what we've wished for. it's an ongoing self check-in for me: "am i matched up with what i say i want?"

Lisa said...

I'm with you on the weather -- although as soon as the cold hits, I'll be wondering where spring is again :) I also loved, pray to catch the bus and run like crazy...

Maybe because I've always had to work so hard for everything I've ever gotten, I always feel like it's a given I have to do that and then if I can be patient, keep my eyes open to not miss opportunity when it presents itself and if I can make some luck for myself, just maybe what ought to happen, will. I do get tired of hearing people who complain that they're not getting what they want, when I suspect they haven't done everything in their power to help the universe line up the right way. And I also think it's not always easy to really understand what it is that we want. It sometimes seems to be one thing and then as I go down the road toward that thing, it becomes clear that what I wanted was something a little different from what I thought...but it's always something that makes more sense for me...hmm.

iyan and egusi soup: said...

lisa:

"And I also think it's not always easy to really understand what it is that we want. It sometimes seems to be one thing and then as I go down the road toward that thing, it becomes clear that what I wanted was something a little different from what I thought...but it's always something that makes more sense for me..." so true!

i so believe in working towards what we want; what i don't believe in is struggle. in the last few years, i've learned that whenever the 'going gets miserable,' there is likely another (more satisfying) way i am meant to reach my goals.

Jamey said...

it is the perfectionist in me that prevents me from seeing the blessings that show up on the regular. many days i overlook a blessing because it does not come dressed in the packaging that i expect. that's been my lesson for the week...listen and hear...look and see...you could be right in the midst of being blessed!

iyan and egusi soup: said...

jamey!

what you've said reminds me of a conversation i had with a friend this morning. he wisely reminded me that perfectionism creates unfounded feelings of inadequacy. and in turn (as you've shared), it can cause us to miss the blessings of this very moment.