“In our usual mind state, we are continually activating the process that in Buddhist terminology is known as ‘bhava,’ which literally means ‘becoming.’ In this space of becoming, we are subtly leaning forward into the future, trying to have security based on feeling that we can hold on, we can try to keep things from changing.”
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I am fascinated with “becoming.” Becoming is a process. I’ve read (and am reading now) books regarding the process of transformation, becoming something other than what one is at a given moment. I always want to know how others have gone from point A to point B. I am interested from both an individual perspective and from an organizational and societal perspective. For one person in a system to change and to go back to the same dysfunctional system is, at best, pointless and, at worst, infuriating for the individual and/or the system.
Everyone talks about change, and then holds on tight to their pet comforts. How do you change? The reality is that change is everywhere. Letting go of one’s resistance is the fastest means of change/transformation that I know of. The alternative is to hold on to one’s denials for dear life, and then wonder what the heck happened after the change takes place anyhow.
I want to be in that space of becoming consciously. I would prefer to make choices carefully rather than ignore things and have the decisions be made without my input.
With things speeding up as they seem to be, decisions need to be made more carefully than ever. It’s like flying around a racetrack: a slight change in steering can mean the difference between victory or just crashing and burning. To be in denial is to be asleep at the wheel. At best, one will be left on the sidelines. At worst, the crashing and burning will occur quickly.