Two years ago I read the book of Murakami called ¿De qué hablo cuando hablo de correr? (Tusquets), this subtil mention of the Raymond Carver's tittle ¿De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de amor?. The japanese writer, born at the same year than my father, said that the main skill in the art of writing was concentration. Not thinking in other things, just focus all your intelligence on the paper.
In the age of the fragmentation mind and the invasion of differents stimulous at the same time and from many devices, seeking concentration could be seen as a huge and heroic venture. Anyway, is obvius than a certain concentration is basic to reach your artistic, and no artistic, goals.
But, in addittion to concentration, seen as a virtue, there is a vice that we have to keep out as soon as possible: hyperventilation.
Is easy to understand what I talk about when I am talking about hyperventilation if you think in swimming or running. The amateur swimmer use to go faster than he can, without breathing at the right rythm, in the same pattern as the beginner runner does. A bad strategy with bad consequences, like a body who fell unconfortable, too tired, let's say wooden, and a increasing rejection of these physical activities, and the following frustration.
To cope this natural inclination for the hyperventilation, in sports but also in other sphere of life, is the first step in the conquer of concentration, and the way to be efficient in several challenges of life. Sometimes I think we are, all of us, victims of this natural tendency to hyperventilate. We can see daily in different conversations, people often talks too fast, without listening to the other, eaten their own words, without leaving the necessary time to digest the thinking that they have just share.
The result is a society hiperventilate and, then, hypertrophied. In somehow, I like to think that we have gone beyond this hyperventilation, and we have recently go throught, or we are at least in the early years of a certain sustainabilty of our attitudes, and that is such an interesting path to be in.
Así se vería un hipotético aterrizaje en Plutón, según la NASA
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