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Breathing and your mind
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Hi David

Another great post. By coincidence I had just started hoping that you'd address this issue again. You know you have a kind of 2 step approach (1 relaxation 2 searching for detail) so I was beginning to wonder if the first element was being neglected a little, ie that I was just going into part 2 without giving due time to the first one. Again, it's a way of showing that this is all within our control and we are not at the mercy of unconscious forces etc.

Just a couple of points:

1 When I just 'let go' of the thinking and just blank the mind I find that this often does the trick all by itself and the vision clears, but I am not aware that I am accomplishing this by means of noticing or learning something about the way I am using my eyes - the relaxation alone seems to be enough. In fact, I have sometimes done this when I've had 'a bad day at the Snellen chart' and while it was gratifying to see that this still worked (I used to do a lot of this kind of practice when I started out: blanking the mind and letting the eyes run over the letters) it wasn't much benefit, beyond breaking the log jam and freeing things up again, in the specific task I had set out to accomplish, ie learning about searching for detail. The 'blanking' can clear up the chart and you set out to look to clear up the detail in one small area but, well, it's all there clear already. Basically I can improve my vision (eventually) by blanking the mind or by searching for detail, or a bit of both I suppose. How best can I take this forward?

2 With the breathing, as you say awareness of your breath lets you separate yourself from your own thoughts and they dry up. However breathing seems to have an effect beyond this and seems to have a direct effect on vision. On a couple of occasons I became aware of an extreme reluctance to practise and when I forced the issue I felt like a huge sudden easing over my solar plexus and freeing up of the breathing. The feeling is like when you breathe in very deeply, like in a huge extended yawn, and you feel that twinge in your solar plexus for a split second.
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Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-16-2011, 07:59 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-17-2011, 12:33 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by DaniFixe - 09-17-2011, 03:42 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-17-2011, 06:44 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by sean - 09-21-2011, 06:58 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-21-2011, 09:44 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by fuoco - 09-24-2011, 05:32 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-26-2011, 07:17 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-27-2011, 08:15 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-27-2011, 10:56 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-28-2011, 10:09 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-28-2011, 10:13 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by seetheleaves - 09-29-2011, 03:07 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-29-2011, 09:04 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by ted - 10-17-2012, 09:09 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 10-17-2012, 10:28 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by ted - 10-22-2012, 11:14 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 10-23-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by wilmanelson76 - 11-09-2012, 01:00 AM