Take a breath to change the spirit of the times, by Aymeric Christensen

Take a breath to change the spirit of the times, by Aymeric Christensen
Take a breath to change the spirit of the times, by Aymeric Christensen

Did you take advantage of Ascension to take a breather? Are you getting some fresh air at Pentecost? I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the lovely month of May particularly sees this vocabulary of breathing flourish. We aspire to breathe, to take in the air, to breathe, to get some fresh air, to change the air… In short: we live the bridges to the fullest, and that does us good, because the news is suffocating us, the times are sometimes suffocating, the atmosphere is more and more unbreathable.

This desire for lightness, this need for carefreeness, is it particularly expressed at this moment, in your eyes?

But yes ! Please, a little grace! We don’t only see this desire in the irrepressible desire to enjoy the sun, to go for a picnic in the forest or to laze around with a book. It also manifests itself in this sudden passion of part of the country last weekend for the Northern Lights, true gifts from the sky that have come to rekindle our wonder! Or again – in another register, but in the same logic – with the spontaneous popular success of the film Un p’tit truc en plus, by the comedian Artus, a comedy featuring people with mental disabilities with audacious tenderness. Laughing out loud is another way of breathing, of sharing an emotion, of shifting our view of the world.
You will tell me that all this is quite futile. But no: it’s essential, it’s even spiritual. Ultimately, what’s the point of taking your mind off things? Well, precisely: it serves… to take your mind off things!

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