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“It’s nearly 50 years ago that my book of conceptual instructions Grapefruit was first published. In these pages I’m picking up where I left off. After each day of sharing the instructions you should feel free to question, discuss, and/or report what your mind tells you. I’m just planting the seeds. Have fun.” ―Yoko Ono
Legendary avant-garde icon Yoko Ono has inspired generations of artists and performers. In Acorn, she offers enchanting and thought-provoking exercises that open our eyes―and all of our senses―to more creative and mindful ways of relating to ourselves, each other, and the planet we cohabit. Throughout this beautifully designed book are 100 black-and-white line drawings by Yoko. Like this legendary woman herself, the book is wildly original, stimulating, and hard to label: Call it purposeful play, call it brain poetry, call it guided motivation, call it Zen-like incantations, call it whatever you want. But read it. Acorn may change the way you experience the world.
Imagine one day in a month when only bicycles and walking are allowed in the city as transportation. Make that two days. Make that a week. Make that a month. Connection Piece I Whisper your name to a pebble. Give it to a friend instead of yourself. Connection Piece II Imagine your friends being without the baggage you know them by. See how you feel about them then. a) You can relate to them better. b) They cease to be interesting. Think which of their baggage you are connected to.
are all together, anyway? c) Was I just tapping into my ancestral memory through the memory genes in my DNA? d) Was I in Roskilde myself, in one of the many reincarnations? Give us an example of your experience of a coincidence. Give us your view on it. Connection Piece V How do you connect with people the most? With the feeling of: Curiosity Interest Forgiveness Adoration Competition Envy Fear Control Detachment Rejection Make a list of people around you and see how it comes
the midsummer night of the warmest day in Li-Fung. It was a tradition in Li-Fung for the best musicians to get together and play for the people all night to soothe the heated air. Seng said he would not play because he did not have enough time to prepare. Sung immediately went into an intensive and elaborate preparation. Sang did nothing. He wandered around the fields until the day came. On the night, Seng was not there. Sung’s music overwhelmed people. Sang went on the stage, and when he sang,
in another country is thinking. Tell us what you’ve heard. Sound Piece V Spring Tape the sound of friends laughing together. Save it for a rainy day. Sound Piece VI Summer Tape the sound of your baby son crying. Let him listen to the tape when he is going through pain as a grown man. Sound Piece VII Autumn Tape the sound of the moon fading at dawn. Give it to your mother to listen to when she’s in sorrow. Sound Piece VIII Winter Tape the sound of your friend ranting. Bury it in
your search of direction For it is a sign of aspiration. Transform the energy to receptivity And the direction will come to you. Bless you for the times you see evil. Evil is energy mishandled and it feeds on your support. Feed not and it will self-destruct. Shed light and it will cease to be. Bless you for the times you feel no love. Open your heart to life anyway and in time you will find love in you. Bless you, bless you, bless you. Bless you for what you are. You are a sea of