Do you stop looking when you take off your glasses? When you have to look at something you don’t like? What makes you “tune out” visually? This can be important information if you’re wanting to improve your vision. If your intention isn’t clear, and you’re thinking “I want to see that. No, I don’t!”, it’s no wonder your visual channel has some static in it.
This morning someone asked me about his elderly mother, who had had a cataract operation which didn’t go well, and just about ruined the sight in that eye. He said she seemed to be withdrawing from Life, not wanting to look at anything, and not wanting to hear much either. This led me to wonder about choosing not to see, consciously or unconsciously, then having vision problems. Could the brain and the eyes merely be following the person’s intention?
It’s getting chilly and bleak in NY state, with most of the leaves off the trees and the sun setting around 4:30PM. I caught myself today glancing out the window and feeling discouraged that the view looked so empty and cold. Then I stopped in mid-thought, remembering that my attitude is my choice, and that the sun is actually closer now than in the summer! That’s why it seems so bright and glaring. (It’s colder because the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun now.) As I adjusted my attitude to be more cheerful, I noticed my vision being happier too. I scanned around the few neighbors’ cars, seeing how much detail I could pick out, reminding myself that several years ago I barely looked past the edge of my lawn!
So I invite you to observe yourself and your own looking habits. If there is something you don’t want to see, you can look away, or close your eyes, acknowledging your choice to yourself. Why make your vision blurry? You want your eyesight clear and sharp, to be able to see the things you like looking at! Sometimes when we pay attention to our habits, we don’t like what we find, yet it’s always worthwhile. As Dr. Phil says, “If you don’t name it, you can’t change it!”. Don’t you want to be your best self, and see as clearly as possible? If you have this intention, I believe you can accomplish it.
NOTE: Since this post was published, one person saw the picture, did not read the title, then mistakenly thought it was a picture of palming, a traditional vision relaxation exercise — it is not. You can read more about palming here.