"> [VIDEO] Before You Do Anything Else: Quiet Your Mind

[VIDEO] Before You Do Anything Else: Quiet Your Mind

You don’t have to be good at meditation to get some benefits quickly. Quieting your mind is easily done, for a brief period, given the right conditions and the right focus. It’s worth doing, trust me.

I hope you will listen to my video to help clarify some things, but here is a quick summary of the procedure.

First, relax physically:

  1. Sit in a comfortable chair
  2. Close your eyes
  3. Breathe deeply
  4. Let your shoulders sag down
  5. Let yourself become heavy

Then you can quiet your mind:

  1. Imagine your thoughts dancing in the air
  2. Let your thoughts drop to the floor
  3. Do nothing but appreciate the stillness.

Yes, it’s simplistic. But you may be surprised at how well it works if you continue it for several minutes.

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Author: David

I founded iblindness.org in 2002 as I began reading books on the Bates Method and became interested in vision improvement. I believe that everyone who is motivated can identify the roots of their vision problems and apply behavioral changes to solve them.

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Deb B.

Thank you, David. This was helpful, and I would be interested in further videos on relaxation/meditation techniques. Thanks much. Deb


Great video! I agree it’s important to be physically comfortable and I would like to know what David does to ‘relax’ better, though it does take longer. Please let us in on the secret!

‘Relaxation’ is indeed a rather vague term. isn’t it. Most people think of ‘relax’ as being rather like crashing out in a favourite chair, watching a favourite TV show or music video. Or maybe relaxing means for some of us a party with family/friends with some soft pop music (dance, anthems…) with some drinks perhaps.

These kinds of ‘chill out’ experiences are of course very pleasant, but Bates Method relaxation is different (but just as, maybe even more, pleasant!). It is about unconscious relaxation but that isn’t going to mean much to people who haven’t experienced it themselves. Most people I think conceive to ‘relaxation’ in conscious terms, however to achieve unconscious relaxation all we can do is to (persistently) seek favourable conditions like David describes and then hopefully (unconscious) relaxation will come of its own accord.

For me, classic central fixation practices are the most effective for (Bates Method) relaxation. Others may of course have different practices which are just as good. The popularity of more modern methods seem to support this.

Defining and understanding what is meant by relaxation, both in the ordinary sense, and in the narrower, highly specific Bates Method sense, is a very useful endeavour since clarification will help all of us to understand this core principle better.


Thanks David,

This is true, most people understand relaxation readily on those terms you’ve described. I hadn’t thought of that.

A certain text from Bates’s book comes to mind right now, which illustrates it nicely I think. it is from chapter 31 (“Letters from Patients”) where the first paragraph was written by Bates and the second by an unnamed lady. Bates gives it the title “A Mental Transition”. The lady describes the rest/relaxation principle very well I think.

The lady wasn’t treated by Bates, but her husband was and she said:

I particularly noticed his serenity of mind after treatments. In this serenity he seemed able to do a great deal of work efficiently, and not under the high nervous pressure whose after-effect is the devastating scattering of forces.

“It did not occur to me for a long time that perhaps your treatment w as quieting his nerves.

But I am inclined to think that the intervals of quiet and peace were wonderfully beneficial, and why shouldn’t they be?

Bates seems to have liked this letter (which I quote here in part) well enough to put it into his magazines as well in February 1920 with a different title (“Mental Effect of Central Fixation”).

Lovely pictures presented during the video by the way. Very beautiful and peaceful.


Happy new year! Stop struggling against yourself sounds like shifting mental paradigm.


Happy New Year to you too Alvina. Sometimes we are struggling against ourselves without even realizing we’re doing it. Bates said somewhere that the best way to get rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. Maybe that’s what our New Year’s Resolution should be!