Choices lead to improvement

I noticed a key principle of good vision while being a passenger in a car today.  As we were driving this morning, the sun kept shining into my eyes from different directions and angles.  My first reaction to this annoyance would be to close my eyelids and scrunch up my face in order to block out the light.  However, the reaction that I chose instead was to lightly close my eyes and try to relax more.  The first reaction is pushed by the myopic part of me, and the latter is urged by the new part of me that wants to reduce mental and physical strain.

While my myopic aspect thinks that scrunching up my face and tightly closing my eyes will be the most effective action to make the bright light less annoying, I know that this reaction would only add more strain to the initial stress I had from being aggravated by the sunlight.  The more relaxed response where I closed my eyes and later opened them reduced the strain that the sunlight had previously caused.  When I used the second reaction this morning, the sunlight bothered me about 90% less than before.  I was still a little sensitive to the sunlight as I do not currently have perfect mental relaxation.  However, the more relaxed state noticeably reduced the amount of irritation that the light caused.

The two choices I faced in this story are present throughout every day in my vision improvement journey.  I always have the choice to strain more in reaction to something I want to see better or to relax more in order to let the object become clear.  This constant choice is the part of the vision improvement process that must be applied at all times.  One’s vision will become improved once more of these choices are made toward the relaxed response.

I know that I am not choosing the relaxed reaction enough, but I am definitely using this reaction more than I used to.  Even if I have been using the stressful reaction for much of the day, my vision quickly becomes clearer once I make the other choice and let my mind and eyes relax.  In order to regain perfect sight, I need to answer all my daily vision decisions with the relaxed response instead of the strained response.

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One thought on “Choices lead to improvement

  1. dreamersight says:

    Mark,
    This is a great post; you’ve concentrated the Bates technique to a very simple principle. I think as long as you remain aware of this concept that strain is a choice, you’ll make fast progress.

    I just got back from a long drive in the rain & fog, very poor visibility with big trucks throwing clouds of water at me constantly. I really had a tough time staying relaxed, but realized getting anxious & “trying to see” would just make things worse. My thoughts weren’t as well-articulated as this post, though, so I wish I’d read it before I left!
    Take care & keep up the good work.
    Nancy

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