I wanted to make a quick blog post about how mental relaxation and emotional health are at the core of natural vision improvement, and maybe “natural healthy living” in general.
For the past few days, I’ve noticed my eyesight beginning to adjust to my -3.50 pair of glasses (original prescription = -7.25). I was wearing them last year and couldn’t really see that clearly with them far away in the distance. Right now I can “sense” the eye muscles beginning to be more relaxed so that they can start to adjust naturally to near and far distances. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8 or 9 years old, so that’s quite a number of YEARS of bad eyesight habits to undo.
However I am persistent and optimistic, so despite the occasional lag here and there with my natural vision improvement program, I greatly enjoy it whenever some progress is made (which is permanent once the brain “adjusts” and accepts those new healthy eyesight habits).
I noticed that I have been very calm and relaxed over the past couple of weeks. I can be a very industrious person, but the downside to this is that I can often tire myself out just from going after what I want. When I pace myself and do things more sensibly, without completely discarding what I “feel” about things, there’s an inner calm which I’ve noticed has a direct influence on my vision.
These three paragraphs echo my thoughts on vision and emotional health:
(1) “Your thoughts can also cause you problems. The vision improvement process is very mental, and your thoughts can take you off-course so that you’re thinking about something totally unrelated as you practice looking at details. For this process to be effective, you have to remain focused on it. Your breath is an extremely handy tool for this. Practice concentrating on the sound, feeling and rhythm of your breath, and remind yourself to notice it frequently as you practice the vision improvement process. It will keep you calm and focused.”
~ David’s Method of Vision Improvement
(2) “There’s really no need to provide a list of health conditions that are partly caused by emotional stress, because every health condition is partly caused by emotional stress. Emotional stress always equals increased output by the sympathetic nervous system, which always equals accelerated aging and breakdown of your tissues…Yes, eating fresh, nutrient-dense foods is good for your health. But eating fresh, nutrient-dense foods while feeling emotionally balanced and at peace is even better.”
~ Dr. Ben Kim: Reduce Stress
(3) “It only makes sense that relaxation training, reeducation of conscious control, relieving strain, or whatever you want to call it, affects just about everything, whether it has to do with the visual system or not. Things look better than they ever did when I wore glasses. I can tolerate bright sunlight easier and see better at night. I’ve been anosmic (unable to smell) my whole life but recently started sensing certain smells. Thinking is more effortless. I’m more relaxed in general. I rarely get sick anymore. It goes on and on.
When you understand (at least some of) what mental strain is and how it manifests, it’s possible to recognize it, or the lack of it, in everyone around you. It’s in a person’s eyes, his face, his voice, the way he moves, what he says, how he reacts to things, in his whole personality.”
~ iblindness.org “About” Page (David)
The above three paragraphs are from longer and very informative, helpful articles, so do click on the links to read the entire text.
Since my early teens, I have been rather helter-skelter emotionally (due to my naturally intense nature!). Now that I’m a couple of weeks away from turning 27, my emotional nature is finally beginning to be a bit more…focused.
I’m glad to see it having a positive impact on my vision.