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Christopher Clifton

23 Jun Christopher Clifton

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CONSULTATION

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The doctor had explained to him, throughout the auscultation, that his heart, in its beat, as the essence of its vital limitation, was the ground on which the global field of motion found support. In itself it was a very minor force; however, in its rhythmical continuance it ever formed around it widening circuits of the life that was the commonwealth of all: from his breath toward the tea he made each hour, to his dinner in the evenings, to the food he bought each week and the utilities he paid for every month, not to mention all the faces that rotated round his being with their own hearts and investments in the markets of the future – the unending fluctuations of which currently revolved around the simple diasystolic of his blood-flow. For this reason, it appeared at times that lack of harmony throughout the world caused palpitations, as it fought its limitation to support the crushing force of instability; however, seen correctly, this disharmony extended from the minor local loss of equilibrium – and all one had to do to solve the problems of the world was to reregulate the rhythms that were closest to the heart.

He thus suggested he attempt at first to concentrate on breathing, and then organise the layout of his day around the elements and people he could never live without. Within some weeks, if there were yet no signs of an improvement, he could then prescribe a pill to take each day to strike a balance – only then.
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Chrisopher Clifton’s work has appeared in publications such as Fence Magazine, Nemonymous and Picaro Press. He manages cases and holds a weekly philosophical awareness group in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

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