Eye Palming to Relax the Eye
This unique eye-relaxation exercise uses your healing hands to direct energy to your eyes, as well as to rest your optic nerve and relax your entire nervous system.
Unlike sleep, which is unconscious and passive relaxation, palming is conscious and active relaxation. Therefore, palming is one of the best exercises for eye relaxation.
Practice palming at least for 10 to 30 minutes per session for three or more sessions daily to completely relax your eyes. Even at work, you can palm your eyes for 2 minutes, if possible, to relieve your eyestrain from the computer.
Sit comfortably with your elbows resting on a table in front of you—preferably in a darkened room, such as a bathroom without any window.
Rub your palms together to generate some warmth.
Place your palms over your eyes, without touching them, while resting them on the boney ridge surrounding your eyes with the heels of your hands on your cheekbones. Your eyes should be gently
Relax your mind, and breathe deeply through your nose, not your mouth. The slower your breathing is, the more relaxed your mind becomes.
Feel your abdomen and back expand and contract as you inhale and exhale, respectively.
Visualize complete darkness to relax your mind.
Feel your neck and shoulders expand and contract as your deep and slow breathing continues.
Visualize every part of your body—hands, fingers, toes, knees, and thighs—expand and contract with your inhalation and exhalation.
Practice eye palming whenever you feel fatigue in your eyes. It is impossible to palm for too long or for too much; some palm for hours to reap the benefits of both relaxation and meditation. If you feel any resistance to palming, it may probably be due to your subconscious resistance to relaxation. If you become more relaxed, you will see complete blackness. However, it is all right if you do not see complete blackness; just continue with your daily palming exercise.
Remember, we are living in a stressful world, and many of us simply cannot relax, even if we very much would like to. Attesting to the inability to relax, many of us easily and often stare without blinking—and, worse, without being aware of it. As a result, our vision slowly and gradually deteriorates over the years.
Do not let a day pass by without palming your eyes.
The “8” eye exercise
Do the following “8” eye exercise as often as required to relax your eye muscles as well to increase their flexibility.
Sit comfortably in a relaxed posture.
Consciously breathe in and breathe out through your nose until you attain a natural rhythm.
Imagine the figure “8” in the distance.
Let your eyes trace along the imaginary figure without moving your head.
First, trace it in one direction, and then in the opposite direction.
You can modify the exercise by imagining other alphabets and figures. The objective of this exercise, in addition to promoting relaxation and flexibility, is to train your eyes to consciously shift when focusing on an object in the distance.
The Taoist squeeze-and-open eye exercise
This ancient Chinese exercise developed by Taoist monks thousands of years ago increases blood circulation to the eyes, prevents watery eyes, and alkalizes the eyes to detoxify the liver. It removes eyestrain and soothes eye-muscle tension.
Inhale slowly, while squeezing your eyes tightly for 10 seconds.
Then, slowly exhale your breath, making the sh-h-h-h-h sound, while opening your eyes wide.
Repeat as many times and as often as required to cleanse the eyes and the liver.
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