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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS6gNxp-RI0

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. http://www.hankkaminsky.com/

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/08pdf/07-665.pdf

See what happens if you live long enough.

Happy New Year, one and all.

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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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