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Monday, September 26, 2016

Meditation to Improve Vision

Meditation is critical to vision health. Stress causes eyestrain that often leads to many eye problems. Meditation is a proven mind-body therapy for body-mind relaxation.

The healing power of meditation lies in its capability to focus the mind solely on the very present moment, thereby removing memories of the past and worries of the future. Meditation helps you focus your mind on the present moment to the exclusion of past and future thoughts. The mind in its natural and perfect stillness relaxes completely.

In contemporary living, your mind is often riddled with thoughts of what you just did, what you will do, or should have done. Nearly all your thoughts, including your desires and fears, are based on either the past or the future. Your desires are no more than recollections of the past pleasures and hopes of repeating them in the future. Fears are also memories of past pain, and your efforts to avoid the pain in the future. All these rambling thoughts in your subconscious mind indirectly affect your conscious mind, and hence your body and your eyes.

In the present, your mind is always preoccupied with the past or the future, leaving little or no room for the present moment, which, ironically enough, is the only reality. The past was gone, and the future is unknown; only the present is “real.” The present is a gift, and that is why it is called “present.” But, unfortunately, most of us do not live in the present, not to mention appreciate it, because the present is interlaced with the past and the future. Meditation is about re-focusing on the present moment.

The mental focus of meditation is not quite the same as the mental concentration, such as solving a difficult math problem or while performing a complex mental task. Meditation is focusing on something seemingly insignificant (such as your breathing) or spontaneous (such as eating and even driving) such that your mind can be conditioned to focusing on only the present moment. In this way, your mind concentration excludes all past and future thoughts, thereby instrumental in giving your mind a meaningful break. It is in this sublime mental state that you are capable of understanding the true nature of things, and their relativity to the meaning of life and existence. Meditation awakens you to what is real or what is quasi real.

Points to remember when you meditate:

Focus on an object as your focal point of concentration: your own breathing; looking at a candle flame; listening to a sound (such as the sound of running water from a fountain); watching your footsteps when you are walking, or just about anything that can easily draw you back to your meditation.

Palming is an excellent exercise not just for vision improvement, but also for deep meditation. 

During your meditation, if your mind wanders away (which is quite common), gently direct your mind to re-focus on the same object of your concentration. Learn how to focus through your act of noticing that your mind has wandered off, as well as through your repetitive efforts. Meditation is all about focusing on the present moment. Make focusing a habit of relaxation for your eyes 

Keep yourself in full consciousness: you must be fully aware of what is going on around you. That explains why in meditation (except in the walking meditation) you need to sit erect in order to keep your body in full consciousness. Do not lie down (or else you may fall asleep); do not slouch (this may not help you focus).

A full lotus position is not required. However, it is important that you maintain a consistent position or posture with your thumb tip and forefinger tip of each hand touching very lightly, while the other fingers are either curled or extended out. A consistent posture and hand position will promote a meditative mind to practice your meditation techniques.

Stephen Lau

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Improve Your Vision Health

Vision is one of the most important assets given by your Creator because it is the most important of the five senses. Without good vision health, the quality of life will be considerably compromised, especially as you continue to age. Therefore, it is important to improve vision throughout your life. To improve vision, you must empower yourself with self-help and self-learning tools to keep your eyes in good shape and maintain good vision health so that you can enjoy good eyesight for the rest of your life without major eye problems, such as cataractsglaucoma, and macular degeneration.
What is vision health, and how to improve vision?
Vision health is the application of natural eye science in natural healing of poor vision and related eye problems through eye relaxation, eye exercises, eye nutrition therapy, corrective eye habits, and natural vision improvement techniques. Vision health is holistic health, because your body, your mind, and your eyes are interrelated in terms of health and healing. For example, a yellowish tint in the whites of the eye is often a reflection of a toxic colon, manifested in jaundice or a liver disorder.
My book VISION SELF-HEALING SELF-HELP may help you improve vision. It is based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. William Bates (1860 - 1931), the well-known founder of natural vision. For more than a century, many doctors and scientists have expressed many different controversial opinions on the famous Bates Method to improve vision.
According to Dr. William Bates, poor vision is the result of eyestrain, due to mental and physical stress on the eye, and hence the distortion of the eye shape, leading to nearsightedness and farsightedness. Dr. Bates strongly believed that eye relaxation holds the key to improving vision.
Vision health is holistic health, which means it includes not only the health of the eye, but also the health of the body, the mind, and the spirit. Eye relaxation begins with the mind first, not the eye. To improve vision, the mind must be completely relaxed before it can relax the body—and then the eye, which is only one of the organs of the body. In other words, eye exercises can improve vision only when the body is also completely relaxed. According to Dr. Bates, wearing prescription lenses (eyeglasses or contact lenses) is not only unnatural but also detrimental to recovery from poor vision.
Improving your vision takes time. You must first and foremost have the intent to get rid of your eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve your vision. It is a long and slow process that may take months or even years. So, you must be persistent.  Remember, even if you cannot get rid of your glasses, at least you can prevent your vision from further deteriorating as you continue to age.
 Stephen Lau

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Changing Bad Vision Habits

Changing your vision habits, most of which may be incorrect or even damaging to your vision health, is not an easy task. Once these visual patterns are deeply ingrained in your mind, they have become your long-term memories, and to change them or to eradicate them becomes a new challenge. But you can and you must overcome that challenge through your mind power.

Harness your mind power to do two things for you:

  • To restore your memories of clear, sharp visual images
  • To visualize familiar images of clear vision, such as imagining total darkness in order to totally relax your optic nerve (total relaxation occurring only in total darkness) connected to your brain.
Memory and imagination are powerful tools for you to improve your vision, because your mind has a deep connection with your eyes. Effectively using your mind can successfully stimulate clearer and better vision. It is always mind over matter.

Changing vision habits

How do you change your bad vision habits? There is a saying: “It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.” The conscious mind is often reluctant and resistant to any change. Believe it or not, most of us are stubborn creatures—more like an old dog—who do not want to get out of own comfort zones. The only way to overcome this obstacle is through changing the subconscious mind.

Basically, your mind is made up of your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind makes decisions and you act accordingly, but it is your subconscious mind that directs your conscious mind. That is to say, in your conscious mind, you are fully aware of your actions and their respective consequences; in your subconscious mind, where you store your emotions and memories, you only respond spontaneously to repetitions of words and images in the form of affirmations and visualization. In other words, if you keep on repeating positive self-suggestions or visualizing positive images in your mind’s eye, you can effectively change the thoughts in your conscious mind through your subconscious mind.

Changing any bad habits is not easy: it requires the wisdom of letting go.

Stephen Lau
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