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Ted's vision blog
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No matter how much time you put into it, how much devotion, if you are not truly with it, not truly eager to improve, you are going to let your mind continue to distract you from your imperceptible, subtle, continuous, bad habits. The mind can be such a distraction, telling you you should do this, telling you it's not working, telling you to try something else, when the one thing you should actually do is shut off the mind, not listen to it, keep going, and see where this experiment can go. You don't know what's best for you based on feel, most definitely if you are a myope. You can't always just try to do what feels "relaxing", or comfortable. If we are changing chronic, unconscious bad habits here there has to be some amount of discomfort involved. This is when it gets tricky. You have to get yourself into a situation in which you are closer to seeing your own behavior, with less mental chatter, and in that situation you have an opportunity to really see what you are doing that's hampering your eyesight/release of anxiety etc. So you have to find a place that's "vulnerable" to change. A place that's conducive to greater awareness, like standing. This is where I've been.

There is a book called "The Dao of Natural Breathing" which describes a standing meditative position in which the legs are slightly bent. I can't remember if the tailbone is drawn towards the front or back, but I had better luck with pushing my buttocks out, allowing my belly to open, and letting my hands hang loose wherever they may. This opens up your lungs and abdomen, allowing you to breath better. It can be uncomfortable after a while, but you will probably be able to sense things better. So it's not about what's comfortable, but what helps the most.

Being in this position, and standing 1 to 3 feet away from my eye chart, I stand there, feeling my body, my breath, noticing I can breath deeper, noticing chronic tension coming to the forefront of my attention. To let go of these requires me to let go into a sort of paradigm shift of sensation, in which the stress in the legs almost feels good, I breath better, deeper, I can feel that "hot" breath of air leaving my lungs. It feels as though that hot air has been trapped for a very long time. And I feel a patience a calmness that I usually don't feel. This is not a comfortable position, I have tension in my legs, and it's a workout to hold it. But what I get from it is worth it. And it's something that almost seems to be a choice. I get so fed up with mind that in one instant, I choose to stop it, and get down the "nitty gritty." I'm sick and tired of this rambling mind, and I want to change. So I change. I intentionally quiet my mind, and am able to go into the sensations that I described above, and usually as a consequence things on the eye chart clear a little. Clearing is not the goal, becoming aware of myself is, and letting go of things is, vision improvement is ONE of the many ways in which to measure how well I am doing.

So you can get into a vulnerable higher aware, very conducive to change, environment like the one I described above, which helps a ton, but if you don't stop the mental chatter and really, fully dive into what you are doing, you will be constantly distracted and get nowhere. This is not something that's easy, yet it's almost as if you've always known within what it is you really need to do. You have just been avoiding it, every second of the day, for years.
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Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-06-2012, 02:31 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 08-22-2014, 08:33 PM
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Re: Ted's vision blog - by clarknight - 11-06-2012, 08:36 AM
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Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-09-2012, 11:02 AM
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