flowerbudh wrote:I read something somewhere (apologizies for not being able to cite a source,) that said we need to lose our desire to be reborn/have form/be human etc. but how can this be done while we're still alive as human beings?
You can start to experience some of this in meditation, however slight. Being in a non dual state where subject and object dissolve, and being able to be (temporarily) free of the suffering of change as you cease grasping, are things I have experienced even without being a very good meditator.
So the short answer is, you need to practice, and likely need a teacher.
Beyond that, i've found that as i've gotten older, and observed my mind reacting to the world, it has confirmed Buddhist doctrine for me, in that I see my mind constantly reaching out for that next thing that will make me happy and whole, but it's always moving, it's like a trick, there's no such thing in samsara, it can't bring the happiness it promises. There's no need to dwell on that, or to not enjoy life, but you have to be convinced that samsara is what it is. Once you can see through the trick a bit you get disenchanted with it. Even if it's still dazzling every now and then, you see the wires, and you know it's not real.
The four thoughts that turn the mind are a good starting point:
the freedoms and advantages of precious human rebirth
the truth of impermanence and change
the workings of karma
the suffering of living beings within samsara
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen