The news is so very terrible, it is weighing on everyone we know. Then we stumbled on some heartening messages from Yoko Ono in our archive that help shift the view. Like Yoko holding a sign that says simply “Not Afraid”. We believe it. She has lived through so much, and never stopped putting herself out there, making her art, speaking up, working to antidote the violence of our age. If she’s not afraid, we can lose some of our fear. The momentary mindshifts her work catalyzes are refreshing and helpful.

We find this full page ad that Yoko Ono took out in the global edition of the New York Times a few years ago a lovely thing to imagine first thing in the morning. Equally so in the course of the day.

Yoko Ono /

We’re thinking about some of the big questions Yoko asks in her tiny potent book Acorn

Tell us if there is any story that helped you survive.

That same story helps pull us through now…

We like to keep in mind this potent instruction from Acorn:

Watch a hundred-year-old tree breathe.Thank the tree in your mind for showing us how to grow and stay.

Sally Schneider

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