How important are our eyes and what would life be like for us without our eyes?
For the purposes of this blog, the following is a handout taken from the Simple Living Global Back to Basics program.
A very simple and practical thing that we all do to shut out the world every day is close our eyes.
How many of us are aware that this is actually supporting us to come back to our inner most self?
In today’s busy fast life world, we tend to fight closing our eyes and taking a much needed rest or time out to deepen the quality within us.
What if we had an understanding about the importance of closing our eyes and the benefits?
What if this simple exercise, if repeated becomes part of our Foundation and supports us to develop a quality that allows us to let go of what is going on outside of us?
In other words, the very movement is done in such an honouring way that respects our body and it is this detail that makes the difference.
What if this super simple way of closing our eyes has lasting benefits to our true health and well-being?
This can be done sitting or lying down
If sitting, ensure the back is straight
Feet flat on the floor, hip width apart
Arms resting gently at top of the legs
Use a cushion or pillow to support
Use a soft blanket to keep warm
Close your eyes
Was it fast, quick, slow or can’t remember?
Then repeat and this time be aware of how you closed them
Repeat a few times so you get the feel of how you do this
Now look ahead and gently and slowly close your eyes
Begin to be aware that the eyeball is round and not flat
Practice over and over again closing the eyes
Be aware the eyeball is a round shape, like our planet
Wrap the eyelid over the eyeball as slowly as possible
Wrap the eyelid over the eyeball like a duvet covering you
Repeat this now another 6 times
Each time, check how it feels and make sure you are not rushing, clock watching or allowing any ugly thoughts to come in and distract your mind.
If the mind wanders, then bring the focus and attention back to the task, so that the mind is with the body while you carry out this important and valuable exercise.
The key is to make sure your mind is with you and your body
Check that the head is not going backwards
Keep it straight and steady with shoulders relaxed
Keep observing and clock how you actually feel
Be honest and know there is no right and wrong
Now repeat another 6 times and say in your mind
I choose to close my eyes to re-connect to me
I choose to close my eyes gently to be with me
This can be of support to bring some meaning to this exercise.
With daily practice, you may feel that the eyeball is in fact round.
This would then lead to knowing that our world is round and not flat.
In other words, everything is inter-connected and inter-related and we are living spherical and not lineal.
This exercise is a great bedtime ritual if practiced daily.
After a while it will become part of your natural way of living.
If this is done sitting down, then the chin can be dropped slightly so it is towards the chest.
You may even notice that your breathing changes because you are now choosing to slow down in the movement of closing your eyes.
You may even become aware that you are more relaxed and this allows for a deepening quality inside you so you can reflect, contemplate and ponder on things that are going on for you in life.
You may realise that repeating this simple yet profound exercise could be a way of making more changes that are needed for true health and well-being.
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