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By John Burnside

John Burnside es uno de los escritores británicos más originales y relevantes de nuestros días. Dones es uno de sus más recientes poemarios y una de las contribuciones más brillantes a l. a. poesía de nuestro tiempo.
Diáfanos e intensamente trascendentales, estos poemas logran crear una inmediata intimidad con el lector, invitado a sumergirse en el agua de unos versos cuyo canto perdura en l. a. memoria, como una experiencia íntima.

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How we perform is a reflection of our ease or dis-ease at this moment. If the challenge is mental, and the emotional experience is fearful, mental performance will be compromised. If the task is physical and the mental state is confused, physical performance will be impaired. States are primary. In the right relationship, great performance flows naturally. Anxiety becomes a factor when we prejudge the outcome, when we focus on the score or grade instead of the challenge. Anxiety creates its own challenge in addition to kicking the ball.

Trauma at any stage compromises development. Attention which would normally go into learning and growth is shunted into defense. Rather than transcendence, compromised development demands that resources, which open at later stages, be used to fill in the gaps. Attempting to correct the error development takes a u-turn. Rather than higher capacities using and transforming lower energies, the lower use and transform the higher. Our high creative capacities are drawn into the service of the lower incomplete stages.

The Biology of Transcendence The images we have of ourselves feel very important, perhaps supremely important, and extend beyond our physical and environmental histories to encompasses everything we have learned, all our beliefs, likes, dislikes, and opinions. ” We take it personally. Are beliefs part of our self-image? Apparently they are. Just about everything we know becomes part of the image, and we construct from these images an individual identity. Historically, the idea that all of us are unique “individuals” is quite new.

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