Recently in Colorado Springs, a lay woman ordained as an Anagarika under Bhikkhuni Ajahn Thanasanti. I was fortunate enough to be there for the ceremony. Having practiced with this group on and off since I arrived in Colorado, this was a wonderfully joyous occasion for us all.
But the real joy and gift is to all of us practitioners across the various religious and spiritual traditions. When one person takes the step of renunciation, it reminds us that renunciation is possible. Perhaps renunciation for us is moving towards monasticism. Perhaps, as is the case for me lately, it is learning to renounce one’s attachment to a prospective job or to any particular job, for that matter.
When one person moves towards awakening, towards realization, towards peace and happiness, it shows what is possible for us, right here, right now.
All we need to do is look deeply and be open to letting go. Gratitude is not a one way street!
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