||Instant Relaxation Anytime
|| by: Peter Murphy
If there was a way of relaxing quickly and easily in any situation would you want to know
what it is?
Ancient cultures knew this secret, and followers of Hawaiian Huna used it to access
altered states. In more recent times martial artists used it as a way to develop relaxed
alertness, and today photoreaders use it to relax before reading books at speeds of 25,000
words per minute.
What is the secret? It has to do with how you use your eyes!
Pick a spot on the wall straight ahead and a little above eye level. Now continue to look
at that spot with soft focus and after a few moments you will notice that the room seems
to become fuzzy as you develop tunnel vision. This tunnel vision goes hand in hand with
the worry, stress and anxiety you feel when you get fixated on getting what you want when
you are under pressure.
If only you could snap out of that tunnel vision when it clouds your judgment then you
could be more relaxed when you choose to be. You can in a moment if you know how to access
your peripheral vision.
How to access your peripheral vision:
1. Pick a spot on the wall in front of you, slightly above eye level.
2. Extend your field of vision, little by little, to take in more of what you can see to
the left and right. Continue like this until you are aware of what you can see out of the
corner of your eyes on either side.
3. Let your awareness go even further. Use your sense of space to guide you all the way
around behind you through 360 degrees.
When you stay in peripheral vision for a few minutes, you will notice that your breathing
tends to slow down and even become deeper; the muscles of your face may have relaxed; and
even the rest of your body may feel heavier and more relaxed.
When you use your peripheral vision your nervous system seems to automatically calm your
body, mind and emotions.
4 Return to normal everyday awareness by letting your vision return to normal.
When you are speaking to a group or even to a large audience, accessing your peripheral
vision is a valuable skill. It will let you relax immediately while also allowing you to
see your entire audience and any small movements, consequently you can be more aware of
reactions to your message.
Which do you prefer, tunnel vision with stress or peripheral vision with relaxation? The
choice is yours. To have a choice when it matters you need to practice accessing your
peripheral vision at will. Then the next time you feel anxious, scared or tense in front
of other people you will be able to quickly and easily access your natural state of
About The Author
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Article City : This article was posted on June 21, 2002