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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.
Piece VIII City Piece IX City Piece X Connection Piece I Connection Piece II Connection Piece III Connection Piece IV Connection Piece V Connection Piece VI Watch Piece I Watch Piece II Watch Piece III Watch Piece IV Watch Piece V Watch Piece VI Room Piece I Room Piece II Room Piece III Room Piece IV Room Piece V Room Piece VI Cleaning Piece I Cleaning Piece II Cleaning Piece III Cleaning Piece IV Cleaning Piece V Cleaning Piece VI Sound Piece I Sound Piece II Sound
Imagine the city getting greener and greener with plants, vines, trees and green fields. City Piece VII Imagine the largest rainbow going from north to south. Visit the two ends of the rainbow. City Piece VIII Carry everything you own with you. Go shopping, or climb a mountain. See if you can see where you are going. City Piece IX On Flag Day, put out a flag that has a message that conveys your emotion: such as “I LOVE YOU,” “YES!” and “HELP!” See what happens. City Piece X
Piece III Sound Piece IV Sound Piece V Sound Piece VI Sound Piece VII Sound Piece VIII Sound Piece IX Sound Piece X Dance Piece I Dance Piece II Dance Piece III Dance Piece IV Dance Piece V Dance Piece VI Dance Piece VII Dance Piece VIII Dance Piece IX Dance Piece X Life Piece I Life Piece II Life Piece III Life Piece IV Life Piece V Life Piece VI Life Piece VII Life Piece VIII Life Piece IX Life Piece X Wish Piece I Wish Piece II Wish Piece III Wish Piece IV Wish
same time. Dance in the field. Dance Piece IX a) Dangle empty cans and bottles all over your body. Dance without making a sound. b) Carry a heavy object on your back. Dance as swiftly as you can. Dance Piece X Think of all your movements in life as dance movements. Breathe Watch Listen Touch and move between the Earth and the Sky Life Piece I An old Japanese warrior who belonged to the famous Byakkotai Youth Regiment and who survived the battle of Suribachi Mountain at the turn
wishing until the branches are covered with wishes. Wish Piece II Mend an object. When you go through the process of mending, you mend something inside your soul as well. Think of a “crack” in your own life or the world. Ask for it to be healed as you mend the object. Wish Piece III Whisper your dream to a cloud. Ask the cloud to remember it. Wish Piece IV Make a promise to a tree. Ask it to be passed on to other trees. Wish Piece V Whisper your desire to the wind. Ask the wind to