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There's a lonely stretch of road on the southwest side of town that winds through a mountain meadow. The hills above it lined with Ponderosa Pine forests.
Before yesterday, I've never heard anyone talk about that road in any poetic, mesmerizing sort of way.
There are plenty of awe inspiring and breathtaking drives around here. I'm fortunate to live in a beautiful town. But this particular asphalt path does not make anybody's top 10 must drives in Pagosa Springs.
It's just a road, through a neighborhood. No sidewalks. No attractions. No final destination lookout points. Only a means to get from one place to another.
But all it takes is one small shift in routine... or perspective... to see the beauty in the world. The beauty we typically pass by when we're stuck in our ruts of seeing.
Here's what happened, and how you can apply it to improving your eyesight...
A good friend was working on a home in the Meadows (the name of the neighborhood.)
He installs solar power systems.
His truck was in the shop. He had no ride home. After the sun dropped behind the mountain, with fading light and sinking temperatures, he launched out on the long trek home, on foot. A long walk. In the coming dark and cold. Down a lonely mountain road.
When he told me the story though, instead of a 'poor me' rendition of life, he confessed the beauty of the valley. The contours of the land. The contrasting colors of the western sky and the dark timbers on the ridges... the reflection of the rising moon in the snow packed valley floor.
At about half-way, he 'dropped in' on an old friend's house to get warm and say hello. People do not expect walking drop-ins along this particular path, that's for sure.
His walk home was filled with a sense of connection to the land, an appreciation for the people along the journey, and an awe inspiring feeling for 'seeing' the world in a new way. All by a simple change in perspective by the shifting of a routine.
"That's such a beautiful stretch of road. It's like I've never really seen it before. I'm always just driving through. At first I felt bad for myself, without a ride, without my truck... But then, it was such a nice walk. I saw that place... like, as if for the first time. Forced out of my routines sort of gave me a new set of eyes... a new experience of the world. It was refreshing."
You know I'm big on setting up Routines... and Habits... that help improve eyesight. (If you need help with those Routines and Habits of natural vision improvement, let me know, I'll help you get started.)
But there is a certain magic to breaking routines too.
Shifting habits and taking a different path.
Especially when those routines and habits keep you stuck in a perceptual rut and limit your ability to see the world around you.
Break your limiting routines... go another way... take another path... it will shake you up and wake you up from the bland 'sameness' that blinds you to seeing your world.
Wake up your visual curiosity and enjoy the beauty of your senses, whether it's the marvel of the natural world, or the sharp contrast of deep black ink against the glowing white background of your eye chart.
The world is waiting for you to tune into your perception.
Break through your ruts and wake up your senses.
Peace,Jason StuckVision Improvement Coach
p.s. You have to find your own ruts, routines, and habits to break. Take a look at your typical day. Find places where you can inject a little 'play.' Places where you can change things up, shift things around a bit, and wake up to being present to your visual experience.
For example, have you ever decided to take a walk before bed... in the cold moonlight... without your glasses?
Or gone grocery shopping... with glasses tucked safe away in a pocket or purse?
It can be as simple as taking another route to work, even if it's a little 'out of the way' and notice... notice what you see. How you see. What you see different.
And if you haven tried it yet, just taking off your glasses while sitting on your porch can shift and break the way you habitually see the world. Try it. Take off your glasses. Stay safe, of course... but break your visual ruts by going without your lenses for a while. Remember to breathe. Try it and see what you see. And then, let me know how it goes.
I like it when my eyesight works.
Natural vision is pleasing when it's clear, sharp... that 20/20 thing.
And, it helps me when I 'play' the piano too. Now, I have no idea how to read sheet music, so it doesn't help me there. But it does help me 'play' the piano. I'll explain in a moment.
'Play' the piano.
I've never sat down in front of the ivories to 'work' the piano. I mean, maybe folks who are professional... people who are really dedicated to honing their piano playing... maybe they think of it as work.
But not me.
And even if I were professional, I wouldn't want to lose my sense of play.
I like to 'play' the piano. I like to play music. It's fun. It feels good. It makes me feel alive. It's enticing to my mind and body... I can't help but rock back and forth a little, even if I'm sounding simple silly notes.
I also know that if I want to get better, whatever that means, I have to play consistently.
So, likewise, when you are improving your eyesight, don't think of it as work. In fact, that's probably part of the trouble that gave you strained eyesight in the first place.
Eyesight is meant to be effortless.
It's when you try really hard at it... when you 'work' at it... that things get out of balance with the way nature intended for you to use your mind and eyes.
You'd be better off thinking of natural vision improvement as a time to 'play' with your visual world.
To revel in colors, shapes, textures, and the visual 'movement' of the world.
Instead of working at improving your eyesight, pretend you're an artist painting the world in magnificent colors and landscapes.
Let go of so much work with your eyes and head out to visual recess.
Did you ever notice how kids who are tired, listless, and zoned-out in the stuffy classroom all of a sudden spark to life when the recess bell rings?
The run out the door, with hands waving in the air, shouting some kind of gibberish and rhymes... All of a sudden they burst with energy, running aimless laps around the playground, where a few moments before they were dull and rigid.
Take a recess. Play with your vision.
Leave the 'work' of life to other things that actually require work. We both know there's plenty of that.
Just don't get confused and bring work into seeing the world with natural clarity.
Jason 'playing eyesight like a piano' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
p.s. When you're eyesight is relaxed, and clear, it improves both your memory and imagination. It also helps you stay loose, enter 'flow state,' and lets you tap into spontaneity and your sense of creativity. So, yes... relaxed eyesight does indeed help you play the piano... or life.
p.p.s. If you want your eyesight to work, then start playing with natural vision improvement.
You don't need jumping jacks, side bends, sit ups, or even a willful dose of concentration and effort for clear natural eyesight.
Improving eyesight with natural methods is way easier than that.
When I first experimented with vision improvement, I was a young, fit, ready to take on the world kind of guy. Now, I guess I'm a not so young, trying to stay fit, but still want to take on the world kind of guy.
But back then, twenty-some years ago, I'd piggy back vision improvement 'exercises' onto my workout routines.
Run five miles, push through 250 pushups, force sit ups ti'l death seemed imminent, shadow box 20 minutes...and then... take off glasses and throw in some palming and swinging.
I'm sure you can guess, but I didn't have great success with improving my eyesight in those early attempts.
I was doing great with piggybacking vision routines onto already established habits, a wonderful tactic that the Step-by-Step Blueprint for Improving Eyesight Naturally shows you how to do effectively.
But, back then, my flavor and tone were all wrong.
It was too much like another exercise. One more thing to work hard at.
One day, cruising on a ferry boat across the Rosario Strait to Orcas Island in Northwest Washington State (I was accompanied by my beautiful newlywed wife on our honeymoon, but that's a story for another email,) my years of 'failure,' frustration, and struggle with natural vision improvement instantly screeched to a halt.
Failure and struggle instantly stopped... with one thought... with one moment of realization. One aha!
And the path forward...
The way to lasting vision improvement routines, ones that actually worked, popped into clear view.
It wasn't a stroke of genius on my part, nothing of the sort. I just happened to find an almost 100 year old manuscript on vision improvement at a little health food store in Friday Harbor where we were waiting for the ferry.
That book, and the ideas in it, put the process into perspective for me in a way that made sense. I finally got it.
I saw the folly of my previous attempts and why it hadn't worked for me before.
The insights in the book had an immediate impact and my eyesight improved right there on the boat.
What's more, not only did my natural vision 'aha!' help me see better, but it also set my head straight in other areas of life too.
With enough repetition of revisiting the essentials, the lessons seeped into my being until they became 'embodied.' A way of being.
Vision improvement changed my life.
It improved my eyesight.
It helped me defeat my dependency on glasses... To see the world clearly and navigate with natural eyesight, but it also impacted how I move through the rest of my world in profound and positive ways.
I became less up tight. Quicker to laugh. Less hard on myself and less critical of the world. I stopped trying so darn hard at everything. At least at things that only come from trying easy.
Doing 250 pushups takes trying hard.
I still love pushups, but seeing clearly... and improving your eyesight... seeing 'One Thing Best,' and relaxing visual 'Movement,' only comes from trying easy.
With eyesight, the harder you try, the less you see.
Regaining natural vision is a process of ease. Of learning to Let Go. Relax. Allowing vision and clear images to come to you.
And... to try easy.
Ever since that day, the insights from the ferry have become a kind of life mantra for me.
For sure, I still get stressed out. And when life feels like being stuck on a swirling sinking ship, yeah, I can still slip back into strained habits of staring and trying hard to see.
But in those moments, my eyes become like a litmus for the rest of my world. When they feel strain, it reminds me to come back to ease.
With a few moments of of mindful vision improvement Routines and Habits... I'm back to clarity. Back to breathing and engaged with easy visual Movement.
When you relax your mind, and your eyes, in a way that brings clear natural vision...
You bet it has a positive effect on how you see the rest of the world. Energy that was once tied up in trying hard, and holding breath, and maintaining effort... That energy is allowed to flow, to bring a smile to your eyes. A laugh to your belly. And a sense of ease to your eyes and your life.
Cheers to 're-membering' natural vision.
Jason 'try easy' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
Winter blasted onto the scene out of nowhere with a strong wind.
Stripping leaves off trees. Dropping snow.
All is bare, white... and cold.
I'm hiding inside, snug in my wool flannel.
There's a pot of chili cooking on the stove, and in my mug...
Steaming, and complex with flavor... coffee, cocoa, and cayenne.
I have no idea if drinking this rich, warming concoction improves eyesight. I want there to be some magical synthesis of cayenne and cocoa that re-builds eyesight to sharp clarity. I want coffee to be the 'new discovered secret' that maintains vibrant, youthful eyes.
My imagination calls me to put another pot on the stove. To nestle back in my spot next to the fireplace. And let my blissful drink restore my battered and strained eyes back to natural clarity.
Make the coffee strong. Steep to perfection in a French press. Once poured, add heaping spoonfuls of cocoa... and just a little bit (a little bit more if you're brave and have built a tolerance) of cayenne.
It will not disappoint. Especially if winter has arrived on your side of the mountain.
If it improves your eyesight though, I want a report immediately.
Wouldn't it be nice? If it were that easy?
To sit back with a favorite drink and sip your way to better eyesight. Some magical synergy of ingredients that does all the work for you. Take this... eat a little of that... drink a bit of this... and you'll be back to youthful eyes in no time.
But that's not how it works.
Diet and nutrition have a part, to be sure. But it's not a missing supplement you need. It's not 6 bottles and a 3 month supply of gelatin pills... get 12 for the price of 9 now before supplies run out!... that you need.
There is a formula...
There are ingredients. And they do work together with a synergy that borders on magical. If not magic, certainly wonderful, meaning... full of wonder.
Eat good food, for sure. Eat whole, nutrient dense food. Take the vitamins and supplements you already consider to be best for your body... Those things will give your eyes, and your visual system the physical things they need.
And then... to get back to clear, natural eyesight... is simple and easy.
That feeling of cozy ease...
Of sitting next to the fireplace, cup in hand, mind free of worries...
That feeling of relaxation, when it permeates your visual system... that's what brings clear vision back to your eyes.
The Routines and Habits of natural vision improvement are the ingredients. They're like your cup of cocoa and coffee, whether you like to dance with the fiery side of cayenne or not.
Take the ingredients. Put them together. Steep them into solid habits... add heaping spoonfuls of trying easy... and slowly at first (a little more swift if you're brave,) wean yourself off glasses and those machines of seeing.
When you're ready to let go of visual strain, and regain natural clarity, let me know. I'll help you develop the Routines of vision improvement, and cultivate the Habits that allow for clear natural eyesight.
There are a few one-on-one coaching spots available for November.
Maybe now's the time to take self-care and nurture your eyes back to their natural, relaxed state. Like sitting next to the fireplace, sipping a warm mug, at ease with the world.
Jason 'added a little too much cayenne this batch' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
I've been down and out and under the weather this past week. I'll spare you the details, but there's been plenty of dirty snot rags and days laying around in my pajamas.
Usually when I have a head cold, I can't sleep at night.
Lack of sleep only makes things worse. But I found a new trick that's been helping me sleep like a baby. It also helped me move through the head cold a lot quicker, I think.
And the last 3 or 4 nights I've been sleeping like a bear in hibernation.
This morning I woke up, feeling slight guilt for sleeping in so long, but man... I felt good. Completely rested. Ready to charge and take on the day.
It's a stark contrast to waking up tired and groggy. I didn't even realize how tired I usually am when I get up in the mornings.
Sleep is good.
I'll venture to say that we all could use more sleep... more water... spend more time with bare feet on the earth... and more time without glasses.
But is sleep good for your eyes?
You would think, right?
You get better sleep. You're more rested. You feel better and function better. It should help your eyesight too.
Yet... sometimes sleeping does nothing to help your eyesight. You can wake up with more strain and blur in your eyes after a night's sleep.
You can strain your eyes in your sleep.
And most people with poor eyesight do.
However, a few moments practicing the right Routines before bed can make all the difference.
When you prepare for sleep by resting your eyes with the Routines of Vision Improvement, your visual system can rest, and function properly, while you sleep. Keep it up for a few days, and you'll probably have dreams like I had last night.
I vividly remember Sketching the landscape in my dreams last night! Dreaming in perfect clear eyesight.
No wonder I woke up feeling relaxed and rested.
Anyway, include simple Vision Improvement Routines before going to sleep, and see if it doesn't help you sleep better... feel more rested in the morning... and see better.
Peace,Jason 'feels guilty for sleeping?' StuckVision Improvement Coach
I'm going to tell you about a unique coaching opportunity I'm opening up. It covers the important steps of how to get started in a way so you can't fail. I'll tell you more about it in a minute.
But first, that Coffee Pot technique I told you about.
If you've been following the last couple of days, I've painted the picture of two extremes. A 2 week, time out, vision improvement retreat on one end. (This is a good idea if, and when, you can pull it off.)
The other end starts you off so small - with tiny steps - that you have zero resistance to getting started.
And once you start to feel - and see - positive results, the vision improvement routines become like 'Welcomed Guests' rather than another task to try to fit into an already bloated to-do list.
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step." Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching
Using a single step to get started, and prove the model, is just like yesterday's 'Coffee Cup' story - or the "Case of the Accidental Palming' story.
It was the tiny step of getting started that launched me into a Natural Vision Lifestyle.
And the Coffee Pot technique is a great example of what happens when Natural Vision becomes an integrated part of your everyday.
Every morning, I stumble down the stairs, in the dark... Before the house is buzzing with kids and breakfast spatulas flying in the kitchen, backpacks being stuffed and half-zipped... And I make coffee.
Years ago, my Mom bought me a stainless steel french press. She said I broke too many glass ones. Thanks Mom.
Anyway, I make coffee in my stainless steel french press. I put the water on the stove. It takes about 4 minutes and 32 seconds to heat 32 oz. of water to my preferred coffee temperature where I live at 7,200 ft.
That's 4 minutes and 32 seconds I use to get my day started with Swinging, Swaying, Palming. Or, tuning into the good illusions of Central Fixation and Oppositional Movement. Not scrolling fb, checking my phone, reading emails, worrying about the day, etc.
No, 4 minutes and 32 seconds doesn't take you all the way to All Day natural clarity. But, it gets you started.
And I easily have about 10 more of those types of 'chunks' of time during a typical day where Vision Improvement Routines just happen. They're habits. I don't think too much about it anymore.
It adds up.
And keeps my vision loose and relaxed.
If I'm lucky, I get to take my coffee to the solitude of a quiet couch. Watch the sunrise for a few through the window. And practice Brush, Breathe and Blink.
That really sets my day for better vision.
Now, you have the same thing in your life. You have 'chunks' of time that could be used for vision improvement... without changing the already established flow of your day.
I know you do.
In fact, I'm so confident that you have hidden gems of time in your day...That if you take me up on my special 'Welcomed Guests' coaching offer... and we don't find ways to implement vision improvement into your day... you don't have to pay anything for the coaching.
But I know we'll get there. You can do this.
The Welcomed Guests session costs $75.
We'll meet on zoom, or phone, and I'll help you find your own version of the Accidental Palming story. You'll come away with a vision improvement plan that will set you up for zero resistance to getting started. And what's even better, it will give you the feeling of relaxation coming back to your visual system.
And help you integrate Routines into your day in a way that sticks over time. And as you start to see results, you'll look forward to your Natural Vision Routines. They'll become Welcomed Guests in your life. And they're a good group of guests to host too.
Prove the model.
And before you know it, you'll be fully embraced by a Natural Vision Lifestyle.
There are only 2 spots open for the Welcome Guests session this go around. And looking at the calendar, I'm not sure when I'll be offering it again. I'm just not certain at this point.
So respond today if it is something that interests you, and I'll get you all the necessary details when I get back in to the computer this evening.
Jason 'breaks glass coffee pots' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
p.s. This training only works if you already know and understand the Routines to begin with. It will help you find the ways to fit them into your life that guarantees you won't fail. You have to already know the Habits and Routines.
But if you don't... Don't worry. I won't leave you out. If you want to join me for one of the limited Welcomed Guests sessions, and you don't know the Routines and Habits yet... I'll make sure you do. One way or another, I'll make sure you get what you need to benefit from the session.
Let me know today so I can get you scheduled.
So, you didn't shout out that you're ready for the 2 week retreat plan from yesterday's email.
I get it. You're probably kind of like me. Busy.
Too busy to take 2 weeks, or even 3 days, out of life. It'd be nice, but maybe it's not in our cards right now.
Thankfully, there is another way.
It's just as effective. Maybe even more so.
I call it the 'Coffee Pot' technique. I love coffee. A large part of my present day vision improvement revolves around my coffee pot.
Important disclaimer... You do not have to drink coffee to make this work.
But, here's a little story to show you what I mean.
In the early days of my eyesight improvement, I knew what I was supposed to do. I'd already had the 'aha' moment of why vision improvement works. And I had a good sense of how to go about it.
But, I didn't.
I would have told you back then that improving eyesight was high on my priority list. I could have told you exactly how to do it... how it's supposed to work.
Yet... there I was wearing glasses. Still locked into visual strain. I had always felt bad about myself because of my 'weak' eyes - somehow less than, or like I'd been given defective equipment, or something.
But now I felt even worse. Because I knew the way out. I knew the way back to natural clarity. I knew how to improve my eyesight, but I still didn't. I stayed stuck in old habits of glasses and strain.
Looking back, I got held up on the 'bigness' of it all. It was so important to me that I was afraid to fail. I had a false idea that it would take a lot of work. And be really hard. I had to do it perfect (a bit of a myopic view of the world, by the way.)
I pushed vision improvement out into the future to, "One day, I'll get to that."
It's scary to take your glasses off.
I was afraid of not being able to see. I was intimidated by the bigness of the task... making the time to do everything. There I was. I wanted it. But I was scared to take off my glasses. Afraid of not seeing. Scared to fail.
But then, something happened. Kind of by accident.
I got bored one morning. It was a rare occasion where I had a few odd minutes to wait on the rest of the family, and I didn't have anything I had to do for a few.
I sat at my desk. With my cup of coffee.
Took off my glasses... And palmed.
Nothing big. Nothing intimidating. Just a small step to palm for a minute or two. And I could feel the tightness in and around my eyes let go. It ached. But it ached good. A release.
I knew I was on to something. It was working.
From then on, I couldn't help but find myself doing vision improvement routines during the odd moments of my day. Because it felt so good. And I was seeing, and feeling, results.
What started off as a small 'baby' step, snowballed into a full on natural vision lifestyle.
Before long, I was going without my glasses, and seeing clear-er and clear-er.
What was even more exciting, I felt an inner shift. My perspective on the world loosened up. Things didn't seem like such a big deal. I stopped being so darn hard on myself... for my eyesight, as well as other areas of life. It was like the act of taking small steps to release visual strain, and allowing myself the space and room to either mess up, or get things right, either way...
It took a load of stress off my whole being, including my eyes.
If you have poor eyesight, you probably 'get' what I'm saying.
Anyway, the point is... Regaining natural eyesight does not have to be a big, intimidating thing. You don't have to fight with an iron will to see through to results.
You can do this. Even if you're busy.
Start small. And bring the routines into your life in a way that sticks. In a way that's easy to get started.
Tomorrow, I'll show you more about how to do that.
Jason 'I had time to be bored?' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
p.s. I guess that story could be called the 'coffee cup story.' Or, the 'accidental palming' story.
I just started palming one day. Bored, sipping coffee, waiting on the rest of the crew. But the Coffee Pot technique... there's more to it.
And it's still part of my everyday vision improvement practice. Tell you more tomorrow...
Here's one way to make leaps and bounds in your vision improvement progress.
How to finally ditch your glasses - with confidence - and start reading the 20/40, or 20/20, line on your eye chart hanging on the wall. You do have an eye chart, right?
This method is a way of bringing your visual system to a state of relaxed clear eyesight.
It's worked time and again for countless people.
But, I'm skeptical. I'm skeptical you'll pull it off.
Because I tend to project onto the world from my own view of life. My lens (or no lens, as it may be). My experience. And I don't think I could pull this one off - at least not right now.
Here it is...
Here's the leaps and bounds method for vision improvement.
It's the same idea Margaret Corbett talked about in her book while working with a young serviceman when he needed to pass his eye exam to become a pilot.
It's the same approach Dr. Bates reported from an elderly man, who had worn lenses for over sixty years... and gained permanent improvement with one simple technique.
Stop your world. (Not stop your world from visually moving. That's staring. Staring is terrible for your eyesight.)
I mean, put the rest of your life on hold for a while.
Carve out 2 weeks to focus solely on self-care and vision improvement.
Take a vision improvement retreat. Use the time to really tend to your visual health. To make it a priority to practice the Routines and Habits that relax your eyes and deliver natural clarity.
This is how people have 'aha' moments of clarity and measurable results when they go to a weekend - or weeklong - vision improvement workshop.
Those events prove themselves a gathering place for confirmation and progress toward better eyesight.
Even a long 3 day weekend set aside for vision improvement can leave you more relaxed, refreshed, and seeing the world different. Literally.
You can even drop the time commitment down farther. Go 12 hours.
12 hours dedicated to Sunning, Swinging, and Palming... And practicing Central Fixation and Shifting... And you'll have no question at all whether vision improvement will work for you or not.
2 weeks. 7 days. A weekend. Or 12 hours.
If you can do that right now in your life. If you can pull it off. Do it. It's worth it.
Not right now anyway.
I've got about 10 more minutes before kids get up. Get them ready for school. Get them to school, hopefully with backpacks in tow. Then, it's only a matter of a few breaths before client calls. A mile long work list. Another half-mile of a honey-do list (preparing for winter in the mountains - you've got to get started the second day of Fall to stay ahead.) And another list, a country-mile long, consisting of lost personal desires that maybe I'll get to in retirement.
I can't take 2 weeks right now.
If I did - all the balls I'm swirling through the air would drop with a fast 'gravity check.' There's too many other people relying on my juggling acts for me to stop my world.
If you can - do it.
It's worth it.
If you need help with a plan, I've got you covered. There is an easy to follow process for results when you're ready for that.
But, if you're like me right now. And you're way too busy to even read this far into one email...
There is another way.
It's just as effective - It's just different.
But... I'll let you go for now. Get back to the juggling acts of life. I hear the kids stirring.
I'll fill you in tomorrow.
To be continued...
Jason 'don't drop the balls' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
I felt my elbow crunch and pop as it was forced beyond the range of motion that elbows like.
It turns out, elbows only happily bend in one direction. It's painful when they go the other way.
I was unloading large logs from the back of a pickup truck. I was helping a beautiful woman get her winter firewood in. The logs were to be cut up for the fireplace, but I never made it that far.
We were having a great conversation while I worked heaving logs. A deep conversation. One of those talks that fires you up about the world... in a good way. I was blabbering on and on about getting people out and connected to Nature (besides vision improvement, another one of my favorite topics.)
But those logs.
The big one...the biggest one of all was stuck under other limbs and trunks. I couldn't get it to free up. In my distraction, I subconsciously determined that the next log to leave the bed of the truck HAD to be the big one.
With my body stretched way out over the dropped tailgate. I spun on my heels. Thrust my hips and shoulders with a torquing motion. And threw that big momma log into the air hard.
It shot up.
Got hung up on the other logs and branches.
And like a spring board, it came bouncing back down. What goes up, must come down. And with full weight and momentum landed on my outstretched arm. Palm up.
My elbow extended cartoonish well past straight.
It popped. It crunched. It hurt.
But I did not want the fine lady I was working for to know. Maybe it's a guy thing. A pride and ego thing. I don't know. But i played it cool and kept on talking and working, but in the background I thought, "Oh no. That wasn't good."
I tried to keep working...
But the wrong twist of my wrist picking up another branch dropped me to my knees. The gig was up. She knew I was hurt. I knew I was hurt. The big momma log won.
The kind woman rubbed me down with comfrey salve. Shoved some arnica pellets under my tongue and sent me home to rest and heal.
I thought I popped a tendon.
But it turns out my elbow was dislocated.
My homeopathic doctor told me what remedy to take, but he also pointed out that it was a mechanical injury. The remedy will help. It could help relax all the muscles and tendons to allow my joint to plop back into place. But he doubted it.
"This is a mechanical injury. You need a mechanical fix. Take the remedy, but get to the chiropractor and have them put it back in place."
Seems reasonable enough, right?
The trip to the chiropractor was a trip indeed. I'll tell you about that next, because there was a giant vision improvement lesson in it for me that I think will help you. But that's go to wait.
The reason I'm telling you this story, beyond because it's fresh in my muscle memory... is because of the mechanical nature of the injury.
Do you think your glasses are a mechanical hold up to your progress with having clear natural eyesight?
I could take remedies and salves and ointments and anti-inflammatories till the end of my days and it wouldn't have fixed my elbow problem. They all help for sure. And maybe they would've allowed my elbow to find it's way back into it's happy home all on its own. But, I couldn't be sure.
The only way to be sure was to fix the mechanical problem with a mechanical solution. That mechanical solution wasn't much fun when the doc wrenched things back into order.
But it sure did help once it was done.
So, the question remains... Do you think your glasses are a mechanical hold up to your progress with having clear natural eyesight?
And if so... Then what?
Jason 'elbow on the mend' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
P.s. Praise to the practitioners, healers, and helpers out there in the world. What my chiropractor did to me was a bit of a whirlwind of an experience. And it shed some light on the shell and body armor we develop in our eyes that leads to poor eyesight.
Tell you about that soon...
They were teasing me on the job site.
An old friend caught wind that I'm an experienced house painter. A madman cutting a straight line with a paint brush.
These house building friends of mine are in a pickle.
The new home they're building needs to be finished... two weeks ago.
The owners are anxious, cancelling moving trucks, etc. The tensions are high.
But don't take it out on me - the painter there to help you!
What happened, one of the young bucks on the job, looking tired, decided to make a pick me up run mid-morning to the gas station for candy bars, sodas, and donuts.
He asked me, "Hey, Painter. You want anything from the gas station?"
I was thinking to myself - "I bought gas yesterday."
I answered, "No, I'm good. Thanks though."
A long pause and silence crept over the job site. Hammers stopped. No sound of saws and sanders. Even the compressor turned off.
The boss looked around. Judging if he should say it or not.
Then, he couldn't take it any longer. With a jeering smile he blurted out, "Jason doesn't want anything from the gas station unless you can find some raw carrots. Or kale. Bring him back some kale - from the grocery store!"
Ha ha ha.
I, Jason Stuck... Your vision improvement coach... I eat carrots. There, I said it.
I eat whole foods.
Foods that actually nourish. Does eating carrots, and kale, and apples help improve eyesight? Probably.
Is it mandatory? Probably not.
It was funny. Everyone laughed. Even if it was at me. They weren't being malicious.
But I stand out.
I stand out in the job site crowd because the food I eat doesn't come from a package. And my drink (water, or coffee. I do love coffee) doesn't come in a plastic container with a resealable top.
I'm the construction site outcast because I eat carrots.
It's amazing that something so innocent. And healthy. Eating whole carrots puts you in the crosshairs of crude jokes, and on the outside of the 'in' crowd.
We've become a culture that's scared of things natural and whole and healthy. We're also obsessed with them though. We're obsessed with, and scared of, natural health all at the same time. But that's a rant for another day.
What's the point?
Be you. Do you. That's the point. Be healthy. If that's what you want.
Take self-care and self-responsibility for the health you deserve and desire... even if it makes you an outcast in certain crowds.
Eat good food if that's your thing.
Exercise. Yoga. Walk in the woods. Heal your eyesight naturally. Whatever it is for you.
Learn to laugh along with the naysayers. And do your best to surround yourself with people who will support you on you being your natural, healthy you.
Jason 'munchin' whole carrots' Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
p.s. When you're ready, here are 3 ways I can help you improve your eyesight:
One-on-one coaching. A few slots are open next week for personalized vision improvement coaching. Reply and I'll get you the details.
The Step-by-Step Blueprint for Improving Eyesight Naturally home study video course
The minis - Free access to The Sketch, Breathe, and Blink mini-course for improving eyesight while you go about your busy day. And now, the up and coming, Improve Your Eyesight with Your Computer Screen mini-course. Reply if you're interested and I'll get you access.
The computer trapped my mind and sucked me into the tunnel vision of the screen.
My kids were watching a Netflix series while I tried to make headway on a big project (I'll tell you about it in a moment.) I needed them content long enough to have a few uninterrupted thoughts.
The reality of screens everywhere.
With attention fixed, eyesight is trained for one distance.
Sometimes being stuck behind a screen becomes too much. So, with a swift flick of a switch, I kicked off the internet.
Dad smiling - the project will have to wait.
We grabbed swimsuits and backpacks - I snuck a pen and a pad - and we made way for one of our favorite summer destinations... The San Juan River.
The San Juan cuts through our downtown. There's a free hot spring flowing into it. It's lined with large boulders, small sandy beaches, and it's loaded with trout. (Loaded might be an exaggeration, but they're in there.)
It's our summertime playground.
The kids explored the banks until they were wet, muddy, and tired with toenails full of sand.
Not once did they ask or wonder about what was going to happen to Lucky in the next episode of Spirit Riding Free.
And I filled over four pages of writing in my notebook.
But here's the thing about eyesight and screens...
You do not have to lose your eyesight - and good vision habits - while working on your computer, or binge watching your favorite series.
In fact, I'm putting finishing touches on a new mini-course that shows you how to use your computer, or phone, tv, or even the big screen at the movie theatre, to practice good vision habits and improve your eyesight.
The screen doesn't have to be an evil that ruins your eyesight.
You can work and spend time at the computer without eyestrain and poor vision. It still has other evils though. It's not 'good' for you.
But, you use screens. So, you might as well use them in a way that maintains, or improves, your eyesight rather than making it worse.
Let me know if you're interested in access to the new mini-course when it's ready - the name is still percolating.
But either way, strained eyesight behind a screen, or perfect eyesight behind a screen - get out from behind the screen as much as you can.
Soak up the sunshine.
Explore the forest, fields, and waterways of your neighborhood.
It is 'good' for you.
Your visual system is designed to be in, and perceive Nature. After all, it is 'Natural' vision improvement.
Use screens when you must.
But use them following the principles natural vision improvement. Then, you won't suffer the ill effects of screen time on your eyesight.
However, beware the mind sucking tunnel vision of the screen. Get outside where natural movements, colors, textures... and curiosity... drive your attention, and eyesight, to explore the richness and beauty of the world.
Jason "Get Outside and Leave Your Screens at Home" Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
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