There is an incredible new Scorsese documentary about George Harrison called, Living in the Material World out on DVD this month. The film itself is magical and seamless; filled with never before seen footage and interviews.
Harrison, who found his way to meditation and touched so many people’s lives with his generosity of spirit said in 1974, “Everybody’s looking for something…. We don’t have to look anywhere–it’s right there within.”
Like all of us, Harrison had many parts to him. He was a spiritual person; a seeker, a gardener, a musician, a race car enthusiast, a dark comic, a father, a husband, and a friend. He was self-contained and giving at the same time; a beautiful balancing act to behold.
But it was watching the home movie footage of Harrison with his son, Dhani (named after the sixth and seventh notes of the Indian music scale) that made me think about the process and duality of helping our children to grow and at once letting them go.
We may be gripped with loss as we set them loose to go to new schools, camps, trips, college, and the great beyond . But that is our charge and our joy to watch our kids leave us.
While it is sad to know that George Harrison died at the young age of 58. He was at peace and his legacy lives on after him. His son, Dhani says, “[My dad] was a very interesting guy. I’m still learning from him.”