Ask, Seek, Imagine, Live Long Enough

The “ask, ask, ask” I’m talking about, in the title of this entry, is a quote from Marshall Rosenberg.  I like it.  I hear it as in “seek and ye shall receive,” Matthew 7:7.  Actually Google tells me that a part of the Matthew quote that’s less familiar is “ask and ye shall receive,” so that’s one more “coincidence” to marvel at.

Seems like all I have to do is to start venting about my need for compassion and empathy, and here it comes back at me writ large, in a way I could not have foreseen.  A minute ago I checked my e-mail.  There I find a New Year’s chocolate-kiss of connection and joy, thanks to my friend Julie.  It’s a version of John Lennon’s IMAGINE, done by that fabulous outfit PLAYING FOR CHANGE, have you seen these?  They’re so excellent – videos of musicians all around the world, playing songs together.  Take a look.

This particular vid means a lot to me.  I am an out-of-my-head John Lennon fan, thirty years after he’s been gone by now on December 8th.  Once, when my husband and I were having a particularly bad time of it, I fled our home in London and stayed a while with friends in Oxford.  The IMAGINE LP had just come out (1971) – I remember John and Yoko all in white, I think it was, playing a white piano in an empty room –

And look how memory works.  Down all those years, it seems I share that memory with at least one other person, according to Wikipedia. . . . the white piano, John and Yoko in the empty room . . . .

Imagine, imagine, imagine, imagine, imagine, I played and re-played that song so many times surely I wore out the track. . . .

And here it is today, New Year’s Day 2011, after I wrote earlier this morning about my thirst for the kind of deep caring and vision I once heard in IMAGINE, all those years ago as I sat listening and re-listening to IMAGINE, tears pouring down my face, in so much pain about loving my husband, remembering how hard it was to connect with love in that moment –

Here comes IMAGINE back to me again, just as green – just as clear, as clean, as white as the white piano in the empty room – brought back to me by a dear friend of today.

And this time even including Malians, the West African country of my heart.

And one more thing.  Surfing around with IMAGINE as I write this, I find that the United States Supreme Court quoted lyrics from John’s great anthem to vision and beauty, on Page 13 of Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (2/25/09), an opinion that also, on the same page, takes note of the Peace Fountain in Fayetteville, Arkansas, from where I’m writing right now – the Peace Fountain done by my friend and friend of so many here, Hank Kaminsky.

See what happens if you live long enough.

Happy New Year, one and all.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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