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Posts Tagged ‘2014 + My offering to you + “The soul should always stand ajar…” + WITH LOVE + HOPE + FAITH + BEAUTY + INTEGRITY; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;’

What happens when people listen,

really listen,

to each other?

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That is, hearing the other- NOT  filtering by hearing  through

embedded biases and presumptions.

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Friendships/relationships that thrive

are creating something better,

more profound,  like improvisational musicians

in a conscious ensemble:

the whole + the parts creating NEW horizons

– dynamic faith + trust in each other established

by the discipline of the KEEN listening

to each other.

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They attend, listen, to each other.

It’s about integrity.

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Through the discipline/practice of

attentive/respectful and honorable listening

to each other,

they are each called out to

RISE,

and, ONLY then the improvisational

magic of sonics/conversation becomes LIGHT.

The CALL + RESPONSE of Gospels.

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I can’t improvise with hit or miss communication style.
I need the beat, the rhythm, the swing and the call and response to unfold/create.
For me, it is fundamental to creating trust, a collaborative trust/synergistic trust.

 

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ALCHEMY.

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The common public perception of artists/ musicians

is/can be askew/distorted/false

when THIS field of research & development to mastery

is seen/assigned/boxed/labeled

as undisciplined/ “not” working.

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UNEQUIVOCALLY FALSE

that reflects a lack of information and a bias.

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The act of creating is arduous.

The creative process is a discipline.

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Breakthroughs require courage and openness

because they reflect the depth/magnitude/faith

 and the commitment

of the exploration

and

the willingness to continually dive

into the unknown.

This is true of any collaborative + purposeful/fulfilling

relationship/s.

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A dialogue, a dynamic, r/evolutionary dialogue is the event

that expands and cannot be boxed nor controlled.

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A meaningful collaboration is of equals-

one cannot be “hit or miss”

to inspire the other/s to unfold and rise.

 

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The improvisational magic of an ensemble,

a collaboration,

is based on relationship with each other

that calls out the MAJESTY in each other

and

is based on respecting/honoring each other.

Mutual/equal reciprocity.

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RESONANCE.

SACRED ATTENDING.

GRACE.

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 A dynamic relationship is the process of

practice, practice, practice the art + discipline of

FREEDOM.

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Experience the art + discipline of freedom/ unbound spirit

-the collaboration:

Miles Davis/ John Coltrane

 

 

and

Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/nprs-tiny-desk-charles-lloyd-jason-moran-28-june-2016-define-sublime-poignant-flight/

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The story of one’s life is relationalin relationship to others.

The relationships, the collaboration, the interaction,

is Heaven on Earth.

It is an art.

A creative prayer is 

made consciously

and

with the door ajar.

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/2014-my-offering-to-you-the-soul-should-always-stand-ajar-with-love-hope-faith-beauty-integrity/

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“The soul should always stand ajar,

ready to welcome

the ecstatic experience.”

Emily Dickinson

 

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What has occurred with the executions

in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in Falcon Heights, Minnesota

is an example, yet another example, of NOT listening.

“Hit or miss”- not present, not attending

the cues as information that creates an

off rhythm interaction.

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For the nation’s African-American police officers,

being both black and “blue”

can mean being caught in the midst of a cultural crossfire.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/blacks-blue-african-american-cops-react-violence-towards-police-n607141

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Unnatural.

Reactive.

FEAR.

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The Mississippi River offered an allegory/metaphor

of the divinity of Nature last week.

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“Ole Man River” started as a trickle of water

from Lake Itasca, Minnesota.

The ribbon of water gathered exponential force,

a great current developed, rolled downstream

and created a delta

in New Orleans, Louisiana.

https://i0.wp.com/media.cleveland.com/westlake/photo/whs-kayakers-mapsjpg-3ea5690d27070b13.jpg

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The executions of innocent Americans last week

occurred within 48 hours of each other

were against the current of our humanity.

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Upstream from Baton Rouge to Falcon Heights.

Officers of the PEACE killed two American citizens-

who

they had pledged and were trained

to protect

– the people of their community.

The converse is true:

the citizens fear PEACE officers who serve the community.

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The fear of each other coupled with reckless use of guns

to protect each other from each other

is

insanity.

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/minnesota-land-of-10-000-lakes-how-st-paul-police-killed-philando-castile-louisiana-baton-rouge-cd-man-of-baton-rouge-aka-alton-sterling-killed-with-multiple-shots-marvin-gaye/

 

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We are all 80% water.

The Mississippi River is an artery.

“Ole Man River” became an allegory of a river of blood,

and became a visual metaphor

of a cracked heart of America.

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This is what happened in St. Paul,

24 hours of Castile was executed:

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RAINBOW_24HRafterCASTILEkilled_LOWERTOWNSTPAUL

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A full RAINBOW of ALL COLORS

appeared in the clearing blue skies!

A FULL HALF ARC!

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Nature’s response to the shocking transgressions

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Nature’s call for a Gospel song of humanity,

for a dialogue,  for a dynamic stand up from

ALL Americans, ALL HUMANITY.

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Nature awaits an equal/mutual response

from humanity, from America.

This beautiful gift of WONDER, a response from Nature  to what happened after the slaughter in Orlando during the public vigil.

 

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Did anyone attend/respect/honor

this gift of calling out

“the better angels in OUR Nature”?  

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Yes, many did with a conscious response.

It starts with listening to the other –

NOT filtered/selective hearing nor “hit or miss”. 

 

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What do you enter/collaborate with and for?

How do you respond to the call of an unfolding dialogue?

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AMAZING GRACE.

 

 

 

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2014 

BLACKBIRD CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; 

 
My offering to you for 2014:
 
The most critical aspect of being ALIVE is being willing to be awakened
and
opening oneself to NEW ways of experiencing
and
honing ALL your senses.
 
 
 
 
 
ATTEND TO THE NUANCES, THE SLOW, THE SILENCES.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.
 
 TO BE STILL IS BEAUTIFUL COURAGE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“The soul should always stand ajar,

ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

Emily Dickinson

 

 

 
 
 
 
WITH LOVE + HOPE + FAITH + BEAUTY + INTEGRITY
Catherine
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

THE MISSION
ENNIO MORRICONE

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbXjnuwXv04
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oag1Dfa1e_E
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I JUST LEARNED ON 12/31/2013
THAT MY PILOT PROGRAM OF CROSS-TRAINING
INNER CITY  YOUTH BASKETBALL PLAYERS
IN THE WATER
AT THE DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL YMCA
WAS APPROVED!
 
 

I AM SO PSYCHED!

AND, BEST OF ALL: SO ARE THEY!!

 

 

 I HAVE BEEN A WATER FITNESS INSTRUCTOR SINCE 1999
– WHEN MY RIGHT HIP WAS REPLACED.
FIRST CLASS: 9 JANUARY, THURSDAY, 6-7 pm.

 

 

THAT IS BEAUTIFUL!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BE STILL.

 

BE BEAUTIFUL 2014

 

 

 

BEaUty YOU

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