Yesterday I didn’t make a post so I’ll combine it with today’s (I didn’t do much anyway). Yesterday I finished the heaviness phase of my A.T.! This was an exciting milestone and I didn’t realize how exciting it would be. I still have a ways to go on my training but today I started the warming phase. I did two sessions of the warming phase so far today and plan to do another before bed. The autogenics training for me is best when I lay flat on my back so after I finish it I keep laying still (with my eyebag still over my eyes) and I work on relaxing my eyes just like you’re supposed to in palming. Laying down with the eyebag is much more comfortable for me than palming and my Snellen test card was slightly clearer afterward. When I’m laying down with my eyebag over my eyes I focus on happy memories and happy objects. I took my sister’s advice and have been visualizing a chocolate brown horse and it is the most relaxing image I have used so far. For some reason this image is very relaxing for both of us. This is kind of funny as I am not a rider, I do love horses, but we never had them growing up. When I’m visualizing though I can feel the texture of the hair, especially on the cheek, and the smell comes back to me very strong. I’m curious if anyone else has this experience or if it’s just me and my sister! I tried to visualize a flower that I knew well (as suggested by Emily Bates in a magazine article) but this was more straining for me so I moved on to something else.
I have also been doing the swaying and swinging after my modified ‘palming’. I much prefer the long swing to the sway, but I try to sway if I’m just standing around other people or if I’m cooking. It helps me to keep moving and is quite relaxing. I’ve also found that the long swing, when done for quite a while, really works my quad muscles! I consider myself to be in very good shape and I was surprised that such a simple movement could cause fatigue!
As far as computer work goes, I’m still having problems not staring for long periods of time. I put up a sticky note on my computer that says S, B, and B but I find that I stare so bad that I never look at it! I’m trying to devise a new method for reminding myself to not stare. I’m thinking about programming my watch to go off every few minutes or something, or have my Google calendar pop up a reminder on my screen. Does anyone have any suggestions for this? I think my problem is that when I get really focused on my work I just stare intently at what I’m typing or reading. Maybe I need to just start swaying in my chair….
I heard back from a Natural Vision Instructor in my area and I’m going to an Intro Workshop this Saturday! I’m really excited and looking forward to having a teacher to help me through this process.
The other news is that I’m considering buying either a focometer or a trial lens kit in order to monitor my own refractive error. Both of these are pricey enough that I’m still thinking about it, but if anyone has any experience regarding either of these methods, or an alternative I would be very appreciative to hear your opinion!