Abandon becoming

This holy life is lived for the abandonment of becoming.

The Buddha, Loka Sutta

The abandonment of becoming is often called “the lion’s roar,” the expression of utter freedom and utter majesty. It is so, as mystic poet David Whyte observes that “inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born.”

May we recognize the condition of becoming every time it arises – noticing its need to be “the one who,” its need for the nametag, recognizing it as merely egoic hope for future contentment. Having seen where the nametag leads us – to a new “self,” a new birth, new suffering- surrender becomes a joy.

Simply being – with no need for becoming – becomes an ease and a refuge.

Kathleen Dowling Singh, Unbinding: The Grace beyond Self

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