There are several ways in which you can take care of your eyes. Of course
you can do any sort of eye fitness exercises (but remember that the Bates method
is NOT a matter of exercises).
But there are a lot of normal activities that
support and improve the function of our eyes in a direct or indirect way.
Breathing, and breathing in a deeper way, is a good starting point. Breath
brings more energy to your eyes, more blood and oxygen. Therefore, any kind
of aerobic activity is welcome. Moreover, many physical activities help to
stimulate the body coordination and the sense of your position in space, something
that people with eye problems tend to sacrifice. Table tennis and playing ball
with your grand children (or with your grand pa, if you have one) will train
your eyes to follow fast moving objects (both the ball and your grand children),
something that you may unconsciously try to avoid in your normal life (and
which is necessary for the well being of your eyes).
Body movement can help you also with shyness, if you suffer from it. What
about dancing, for a sample?
Anything that has to do with expression (expressing emotions, particularly)
should be welcome, like acting, mime, singing, etc. That will bring sparkles
to your eyes, breath and more good things.
But avoid stress! This is the trick: to do things, to come out, and still
taking it easy.
The same goes for the use of glasses: experiment being without glasses as often
as you can, avoiding stress, of course. That will require a lot of awareness
about your anxieties, and a loving care for yourself.
Loving and caring for yourself, by the way, is something really basical. Get
a big mirror and look at yourself in all details. Try new expressions, change
your hair style, make up, dresses, etc. Don't worry, you will never become
a Narcissus; on the contrary you probably tend to have a derogatory attitude
towards yourself: you think bad of your aspect and you don’t want to
look at yourself.
So, be brave, get a mirror, get acquainted with yourself, and, if you happen
to fall in love with yourself, what’s wrong with that?
Are you interested in visual arts? Picture, sculpture, photography and every
other kind of arts are fantastic in helping you to have a more flexible, rich
way of looking at things.
You can also see it from this point of view: if you are short sighted all
this kind of things may help you to go beyond your narrow borders, overcome
your shyness, bring thrill and pleasure into your life.
If you are far sighted, the same things may help you to relax, to escape the
too rigidly goal oriented pattern of your life.
Next, fall in love! No matter how old or ugly you feel, or how scared of being
wounded by denials, do it! That will help you to dance, sing, look into mirrors,
express and breath... all the right things, all at once!
Let's talk now about food.
Yes, if you eat vegetarian, macrobiotic, Mediterranean etc. you have better
possibilities. Little fat, little sugar, no meats, lots of vegetables, fruit,
whole cereals etc. etc.: you know it already. What you probably don't know
is that fasting, if done well, can bring faster changes into your eyes: cataracts
are healed, for a sample, old age farsightedness easily reversed etc.. If
you ever decide for it, choose a good group, a trainer and a place that you
like and make sure that everything is all right, that you don't bring worries
with you, to feed on (don’t bring work with you, don’t even bring
your husband/ wife/ children etc).
Therapies. Many therapies can be helpful: any kind of massage, like shiatsu,
rebalancing, cranio-sacral, foot reflexology, biodinamic etc.is OK; body therapies
like bioenergetics, feldenkrais, dance therapy, yoga; sophisticated treatments
like MORA, Tomatis, colourpuncture; body oriented psychotherapies like bioenergetics,
gestalt, organismic; NLP and Hypnosis; meditations, especially darkness meditation.,
mandala meditation., and all the dynamic meditation techniques: all these things
A powerful tool you may choose to adopt is this one: collect in a folder or
in a note-book everything that come to your mind, memories or dreams or whatever,
concerning your eyes and your vision. Add also magazine clippings, pictures,
anything that attracts your attention and/ or excite your imagination as long
as it is even faintly related to eyes or vision in general. Allow yourself
to fantasize and ponder about this material, make hypotheses and write them
down, make experiments and write down the results. Your awareness and understanding
of the whole thing will grow at a steady rate, specially if you exchange ideas
with other people concerned with their eyes. Take it like a hobby, a long term
hobby, and it will pay back.
Yes, pinhole glasses could help a lot in changing the way you use your eyes.
Particularly when you want to get rid of the habit of Staring. They force your
eyes to move from one detail to the next one. Also your head must move a bit:
that will help to relieve all those problems with sore necks that you may know
But it takes some patience: in the beginning you may see multiple things or
letters. That comes from old habits: you are trying to see through several
holes in the same time and to see all of them equally sharp (lack of centralization....).
But the more you help your eyes to do tiny movements in order to see, the more
that habit (and the multiple vision) will disappear
All these suggestions are not to be taken toooo seriously. They are
just a reminder, a help to choose. You can also choose to ignore them, and
find your own way. Either ways, you have my blessing. Coming in touch with
one's eyes and becoming aware of one's way of seeing is a very individual task
that can be pursued in several individually different ways, with absolutely
individual choice of time and means.
Still, allow me at least one final advice: be patient and be playful, take
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