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Ted's vision blog
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"Primarily, the strain to see is a strain of the mind, and, as in all cases in which there is a strain of the mind, there is a loss of mental control. Anatomically, the results of straining to see at the distance may be the same as those of regarding an object at the near-point without strain, but in one case the eye does what the mind desires and in the other it does not." -Bates

This quote came to mind recently. I want to pull it apart and describe what I think he's getting at.
".....there is a loss of mental control..........in one case the eye does what the mind desires and in the other it does not."
I think this is true for the entire body, not just the eyes. But what does he mean by "what the mind desires?" I think this could basically be saying that in one situation the mind is behaving normally and harmoniously, and in the other it is not. This disharmonious mind, or thoughts, whatever that stuff is that happens in the mind, is what is triggering the impulses to move the eye. So I'm thinking it's not necessarily that the eyes are not doing what the mind desires, but that the mind is not doing what WE desire. In turn, this mind controls the impulses to the eye, hence the trouble. So the idea is by changing what is going on in our mind, working with our attention as some might say, then we can indirectly affect what goes on in our eyes. So don't spend time trying to fix the symptoms (poor vision/eye strain), instead focus on fixing the root cause (something with the way you think or use your mind on a regular basis). And since this is something that apparently we are keeping up constantly throughout the day in our mental processes that continues bad vision, this may require a high level of continual present moment awareness to catch yourself each time you make a "mistake" whatever that is, and instead do the right thing. Maybe this means correcting yourself 5 times a minute or more, depending on how aware you are of subtle tensions, or how much tensions you even have (maybe your close to normal sight and have relatively fewer).

I think that's what he means by "mental control." The ability to stop yourself, or change, when you feel that this strain is no longer necessary and can be dropped. Or the ability to refrain from doing something that you know you will regret later and ask yourself "why did I do that?". And I don't think this has to be hard of tedious, it's more of just a decision. A decision to do something better, that each moment you feel unnecessary strain, you decide to drop it. I wouldn't necessarily call that hard, it's more of having the courage to change, and then actually doing it. And then doing it again with the next challenge that comes up, and again, and again, until you have a new habit of making the right decision in those strenuous situations.

What I'm getting at is eventually you have to move away from Bates' methods and incorporate good vision habits into every moment. And as David said in a blog post, in any situation there's always a right thing to do. There's always something that you can do which will maintain or promote good vision. So that's one thing I remind myself when I'm in situations when I can't do these techniques or practices; there's something I can currently do (or maybe "not do") that will improve my vision. What is it?

Like I was getting at earlier, I think getting yourself used to applying good vision habits will overtime become more habitual, and then more natural, and maybe eventually you wont have to hardly think about it, like someone who has always had 20/20 and never gave it a second thought.

Again, all this stuff is just speculation, theory. I'm not sure about it and haven't improved my vision enough to be certain about things. I'm just throwing it out there to see what you all think about it.
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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
RE: Ted's vision blog - by sleepmaster - 08-23-2014, 12:18 PM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 08-24-2014, 09:48 PM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by sleepmaster - 08-25-2014, 08:11 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 01-14-2015, 08:36 PM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by sleepmaster - 01-21-2015, 10:18 PM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by David - 01-23-2015, 02:23 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 01-14-2016, 01:45 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by Aureus - 04-22-2016, 08:38 PM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 02-26-2016, 08:08 PM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 02-27-2016, 06:25 PM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by Nancy - 02-28-2016, 08:10 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 03-03-2016, 08:53 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by elias - 03-12-2016, 04:13 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-14-2016, 11:55 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by srikirannn - 12-19-2016, 07:48 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by Nadia - 04-16-2017, 10:52 AM
RE: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 05-22-2017, 08:37 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by clarknight - 11-06-2012, 08:36 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-09-2012, 10:57 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-09-2012, 11:02 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Omni - 11-09-2012, 11:27 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-11-2012, 08:12 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-18-2012, 09:44 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-27-2012, 03:18 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-29-2012, 11:46 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 12-15-2012, 08:00 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Nini - 12-17-2012, 02:41 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by David - 12-17-2012, 10:06 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Deliverance - 12-18-2012, 09:06 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 12-24-2012, 01:47 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 01-10-2013, 06:15 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by eaglevision - 01-10-2013, 08:30 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by arocarty - 01-11-2013, 05:25 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 01-11-2013, 12:06 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by David - 01-12-2013, 05:06 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by arocarty - 01-13-2013, 05:41 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 01-30-2013, 06:33 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Pikachu - 01-30-2013, 07:19 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 01-30-2013, 11:35 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 02-04-2013, 02:34 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by arocarty - 02-05-2013, 04:48 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 02-12-2013, 04:34 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 02-20-2013, 06:30 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 03-04-2013, 08:01 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 03-09-2013, 05:54 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 04-06-2013, 02:42 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 04-12-2013, 01:01 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 05-18-2013, 12:11 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by arocarty - 05-21-2013, 03:05 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Deliverance - 05-21-2013, 05:32 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 05-22-2013, 08:10 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 06-05-2013, 04:02 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by arocarty - 06-06-2013, 03:30 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by truesight - 06-06-2013, 09:56 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 06-12-2013, 12:40 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 06-19-2013, 08:04 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by shocker - 06-20-2013, 09:54 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 06-21-2013, 02:41 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by shocker - 06-23-2013, 01:29 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 06-23-2013, 08:24 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 06-27-2013, 08:41 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Bifocal - 06-28-2013, 02:09 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by clarknight - 06-28-2013, 10:47 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Bifocal - 06-28-2013, 08:07 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 06-29-2013, 12:20 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by clarknight - 06-29-2013, 03:58 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by Bifocal - 06-29-2013, 01:04 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by clarknight - 06-29-2013, 04:56 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 07-18-2013, 03:48 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 09-06-2013, 11:18 AM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 09-12-2013, 03:05 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 09-23-2013, 05:35 PM
Re: Ted's vision blog - by ted - 11-17-2013, 01:25 AM