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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
We've covered a lot of ground in this course... you're now actively sketching, you're breathing full and natural.
You have your Nose Paintbrush turned on. Neck and shoulders relaxed. Your nose pointing and painting the picture you see in your mind.
All is good and relaxed.
But we need to cover one last important habit... Blinking.
There's a phenomenon that happens when someone develops The Stare. (Of course, you're defeating the pesky Stare with your Nose Paintbrush.)
But watch out for the combo of the Unblinking Stare.
Notice when you fall into the habit of staring, or if you notice someone else in a deep stare... Notice they're probably holding their breath, and chances are... they're not blinking.
Blinking is an important natural function that keeps eyesight clear.
It's hard to blink and stare at the same time.
Blinking creates a natural, side to side, or up and down, movement of objects. In short, blinking keeps things moving, and lubricates your eyes. However, people with strained eyesight don't blink enough. And when they do blink... it's done with a hard effort.
It's like pressure builds up in the face, and eyelids slam shut, only to pry them back open agin. It looks like work. And it is. It's a strain.
You want to cultivate and develop, nice and easy... what I call, Butterfly Blinks.
Imagine a little speckled butterfly on a flower, in a bright summer meadow. It gently closes it's wings and opens them back up. Gentle and swift at the same time.
Blinking is like butterfly wings. It's a tiny little butterfly kiss for your eyelids. Think easy, natural, and frequent.
You want to blink every 2 to 3 seconds... and it wants to happen subconsciously.
But for now, just like the other habits, you have to take time to be consciously aware of... Am I Blinking?Am I sketching? Am I really breathing right now?
Sketching, Breathing, and Blinking... they might seem like separates pieces of the puzzle, and you want to practice them individually, but in the end, they all work together.
They come together, in tandem, to maintain natural relaxed eyesight.
Sketching brings movement and centralization...
While Breathing and Blinking keep everything lubricated and relaxed.
As you go through your day, recognize when you start to feel stressed...
When you feel like you're giving a concentrated effort with your eyes...
Notice in those moments if you're holding your breath, staring, and not blinking. Let it be the reminder to Sketch, Breathe, and Blink.
Allow it to become your new mantra... Sketch, Breathe, and Blink... All Day Long
Jason "Brakes for... and Blinks with... Butterflies" Stuck
Vision Improvement Coach
p.s. That's the end. That's the course. All eight lessons of the Sketch, Breathe, and Blink mini-course. But... we're not quite done. I have one more challenge to wrap it up with.
It's one thing to learn about improving eyesight, and it's another to be actively engaged in the doing.
So, your next challenge will have you "prove the model." To see for yourself the power of implementing Sketch, Breathe, and Blink.
With a little bit of active participation on your part, and contribution and feedback on mine... together, we'll have you on your way to including Sketch, Breathe, and Blink into your everyday.
Challenge coming soon...
We're getting there.
You have a Nose Paintbrush glued to your nose. And you know what to do with it. You're starting to see the Principles of natural vision in action... Centralizing, Movement, and keeping Relaxed, loose, and fluid in your Sketching.
We've covered the main Principles behind natural vision.
And we've been exploring the Habits of good eyesight. The first Habit being Sketching. We've been Sketching in every lesson in this course. And we're going to continue Sketching... because that's what we do.
If you've missed the previous lessons, you can find them here... Sketch, Breathe, and Blink mini-course
However, the next two Habits help with the subtleties of Relaxation.
Remember, relaxation is a sensation. It's a feeling. And relaxation comes, in part, from remembering and realizing you don't have to do anything to see clearly.
You don't have to reach out and span any kind of distance. The image you are Sketching happens in your mind. There's no sense to strain your eyes if it's in your brain... There's no sense in brain strain!
You can let go of straining to see something "out there."
Use your imagination, as much as you want, to paint the picture you want to see in your mind, because that's where it happens. That's where Sketching and Movement happen - in your mind.
The next two Habits further empower your sense of Relaxation. Remember, that is why we're here... to bring Relaxation to your visual system.
And, Relaxation is often the most subtle Principle to get. Often, it takes time to cultivate. But, by practicing better and better everyday, the Habits of good eyesight will bring a sense of ease and well-being to your visual system.
After Sketching, the next two Habits are Breathing and Blinking.
People with poor eyesight chronically hold their breath. People with poor eyesight tighten their shoulders, lock their necks, and hold their breath.
And the beauty of the Nose Paintbrush is that your neck and shoulders have to release and relax in order to move fluidly, right?
Now, adding the Habit of full natural Breathing makes it that much easier to stay relaxed.
Have you ever noticed when you get angry, or when you're trying really hard at something, or when you are stressed...
When you're concentrating hard on something, you hold your breath?
And we all know that holding your breath creates tension. And you want to release tension. So, it only makes sense to breathe fully and naturally. You do not have to practice deep breathing, but you do want to practice full, natural breathing.
Don't discount the importance of breathing when it comes to improving eyesight and having natural clear vision again.
Here's how it happens...
You decide you want to see something "out there" in the world.
You look up at your eye chart, or hold the menu out at arm's length, or glance to see a face in the dark... and you want to see it clearly.
So, you try really hard to see it.
But concentration and trying hard defeats itself when it comes to vision. That's when you end up staring. Your eyes lock and you have no movement. With staring eyes, you end up trying to see too large of an area at once, and you lose centralization.
In those moments, when you are concentrating and trying, you're also holding your breath.
If you can remember to breathe naturally and fully, and practice Sketching...
You can look with ease, instead of trying hard to see.
So, make it a point to breathe fully and naturally when you're practicing with your Nose Paintbrush.
Let your breath engage your belly, your diaphragm, and even your chest and back. Full natural breathing involves it's own sense of Movement throughout your body.
And right there, hand in hand with breathing, is another Habit that has it's own sense of Movement and Relaxation. One that keeps your organs of sight lubed up, moving, and rested.
Which we will get to next...
Peace,Jason "Big Belly Breathing" StuckVision Improvement Coach
p.s. Pop Quiz:
How often should you blink for effective natural eyesight?
A short hike with my family recently had us exploring one of my favorite places on planet earth.
It was also a special occasion.
It was Mother's Day. And we were celebrating the Mothers in our lives.
There's a perfect mountain stream cutting through a canyon not far from where we live.
My kids and I packed a lunch, complete with desserts of homemade chocolate icing for graham cracker chocolate sandwiches, and headed off into the canyon with... Moms we love... and Moms we love that we carried in our hearts who weren't there with us physically.
We had simple, yet profound goals... Our main goal was to celebrate and recognize our Mothers... eat good food in a shady glade next to a trout river... and while we're there, we might as well throw out our fishing lines.
Remember, I promised to tell you about butterflies, fishing lines, and Mother's Day hikes in the last lesson. Which you can find here if you missed it...
Anyway, the vision improvement aha's showed up only 5 minutes into leaving the parking lot with our backpacks full of snacks and sandwiches.
It was an experience that fits right into where we're at in our mini-course so far.
To recap, we've discovered the nose paintbrush as a tool to keep us practicing good vision habits.
And we also know the vision habits are based on sound Principles of eyesight.
We've covered the Principle of Central Fixation. Which is - You see best where you are looking. And it's a small spot in the center of your visual field.
We know the Principle of Movement. Remember that all perception relies on Movement.
Alas, your trusty nose paintbrush keeps you centered and moving.
The third principle...
The one that showed up on our Mother's Day hike. And the one that had me dancing and singing like Tom Bombadil (read all the way through if you don't know ole' Tom Bombadil,) is the crux of the whole thing.
The third Principle is often the hardest to grasp, but it is the most simple. In fact, it's the opposite of grasping.
Your entire vision improvement journey hinges upon... Relaxation.
Relaxation of the visual system.
It's so important that I'm going to say it again... Your entire vision improvement journey hinges upon Relaxation of your visual system.
Yes... Centralizing and Moving your nose paintbrush cultivates relaxation.
But vision is not just about the eyes. It's about the eyes and the mind. And it is a whole body experience.
5 minutes into the hike, the kids were running ahead, bouncing from flower to cliffside, and my 72 year old mother-in-law, slow and steady, hiked along with hiking poles.
By the time we caught our breath, and up to the kids, the trail opened up to a meadow overlooking the river below. And that's when it showed up.
A curious little critter who seemed to want to be a part of our crew and celebration.
He, or she... I think she was a she.
She flitted about us, taking turns landing on each one of us in kind.
Gently flying circles around us in her distinctive bouncing flight pattern that seemed... effortless.
Once, when she landed on my daughter Juniper's shoulder, it hit me.
Resting, the butterfly's wings would every so often open and close. Automatically. Gently. Like a whisper, or a kiss.
Or rather, like the blinking of an eye.
She followed us down the trail for a long while. The day was bright. The smell of spring flowers on the breeze. Good company. The butterfly "blinking" it's wings and floating down the trail with us.
The mood was easy, relaxed, and full of wonder.
Breathing and Blinking are part of the whole body experience of vision. And keeping our bodies, and vision, relaxed.
We've spent a lot of time on Sketching, and it's important. But before we wrap up our Sketch, Breathe, and Blink mini-course...
It's important to know how to keep your nose paintbrush moving with Relaxation.
And proper Breathing and Blinking will keep you relaxed and at ease as you practice sketching the world.
So, next up...
A little more for the all important Relaxation for better vision.
Peace,Jason "Growing my beard like Tom Bombadil" StuckVision Improvement Coach
P.S. Tom Bombadil. "Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow. Bright Blue is his jacket, and his boots are yellow."
Tom Bombadil is a master of the forest in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. He helps Frodo and his companions when they're lost in the forest. He's jolly. Defeats dark forces with song. Dances along. And often sings non-sensical rhymes as he goes about his merry way. A friend of the forest, the birds, the animals... and I'm sure, the butterflies.
If I had to guess... he sees pretty darn good with natural eyesight.
I've been waiting a minute...
Letting everything sink in from our last conversation and everything we've covered so far in this mini-course. Give you time to practice with your Nose Paintbrush.
But, there are some things to clear up.
Do you remember how we were talking about the rods and cones in your eyes?
The cones are the only place where you detect clarity. The only pace you see with 20/20 vision, or better.
Your paintbrush reaches out into the landscape and touches the object you want to see. That means, right there at the tip of your paintbrush is your central spot of cones - the only place you see clearly.
Now, an important note...
If you are new to this journey of vision improvement, chances are you do not see clearly in the center.Otherwise, you probably wouldn't be here, right?
Beginning students often find, when learning about Centralization, and using the Center of their sight... They understand it on an intellectual level, but then they say, "Yeah, I get it. But, I don't see clearly there, in the center."
And, they're probably right.
Maybe you don't see clear in the Center... Not yet, anyway.
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