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Will You Allow Yourself to BE?

When the delightful and insightful Ava Diamond shared  the picture above, taken with her brand new camera at Fossil Creek Reservoir in Colorado, the words that came to me were from the soundtrack from Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the movie. (Neil Diamond’s voice at its most spectacular, images that take your heart soaring and plummeting and spinning dizzy into places you didn’t know it could go, all illustrating the story that reminded us that we needn’t settle for lives of fighting for food and never losing sight of the shore.) It begins like this… Lost, on a painted sky Where the clouds are hung for the poet’s eye Have you ever felt lost? I know I have. “Who am I? What am I? Where am I and where do I belong?” But you know, I don’t think that bird is lost, or lonely either. That bird knows how to BE. Like the chorus to the song… BE There’s a page that aches for a word which speaks on a theme that is timeless… We’ve all said it; “I really should BE… “I wish you would BE…” What do you put in the blank after BE? Is it not enough, ever, just to BE? To say simply “I want to BE.” Have you ever just let yourself lie on a beach or in an open field, on your bed or in a hammock and just celebrated the fact of your being, your very existence and your ability to be aware of it? Have you ever tried to just let yourself BE? It’s harder than it sounds. We’re conditioned to want to BE something and...