Mid-May 2023 Newsletter
Hello, and a magnificent Mid-May to you!
How a lack of balance can hurt you
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter.
Today's issue is on balance, and how lack of it can hurt you.
When I was young there were no computers or cell phones, and I spent as much free time outdoors as I could. Looking back,
this was a good balance to my hours of reading indoors. Now I see children, and also adults, who spend very little time
outside. I regularly encounter people in the neighborhood walking their dog and
holding a cell phone, peering down at it instead of gazing around in wonder at the Spring blossoms.
Ideally, we want balanced posture, balanced movement, and balanced attention. A key concept for beginning vision improvement students to
understand is balancing their use of central vision with awareness of their periphery, which is what gives the central view context. Also note that when
you're walking down the sidewalk, easily scanning around the environment, your neck will be looser and freer than if your attention is intently
glued to your phone screen.
This chaotic image brings to mind too many demands and constant interruptions, and I can feel myself getting anxious just looking at it,
unless I can stay in that calmer "isn't that interesting?" Observer mode. An excess of distractions leads to emotional imbalance, as we struggle to
regain our composure, trying hard to focus on one thing at a time. A related key concept in healthy vision is central fixation, when our visual attention
is on one item, not attempting to see a large area equally clearly at once. (For more specifics on central fixation, see
Central fixation requires easy small near-constant eye movements, to see clearly whatever attracts our curiosity. We shift our gaze from one point of
interest to the next. Similarly, physical balance requires that we make frequent minor postural adjustments. If our body is too stiff and rigid, we're
not "in the flow". We're also likely to topple at any sudden impact, not simply bend and flex to restore our balance.
I wrote about recovering from a knee injury. During this period I had plenty of time to focus on my physical balance, particularly on not favoring the "good"
leg over the injured one. Exerting myself while I was unbalanced is what caused this problem, and I wanted to let it fully heal, not prolong it. So I danced
(metaphorically) between pushing a little, then resting, although being inactive felt like babying myself. All the while I held the intention to stay evenly balanced.
This is a great formula for all activities, vision and physical movement and other things too. A balance between exertion and rest, between work and play, between being with others
and being solitary. Are you getting enough of what you need, or maybe too much of what you don't need which drains you? Increasing what nourishes you, then letting what depletes your
energy fall away, can lead to a more balanced, more fulfilling life.
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Enjoy the second half of this magical meandering month of May.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!