In this episode, Certified Bates Method Teacher, Nathan Oxenfeld reads a section of Aldous Huxley’s book The Art Of Seeing that explains a handful of simple yet powerful suggestions to transform reading from an activity that tires your eyes into an activity that improves your vision.
- Every 1-2 sentences, close your eyes for 1-2 seconds and remember the last word and punctuation mark.
- Every 1-2 pages, palm your eyes for 10-30 seconds or more.
- Sun your eyes, palm your eyes, and sun your eyes again before reading, or during reading.
- Gaze up at distant eye chart, calendar, or out window every couple of pages.
- Use memory and imagination to visualize perfect word or letter, or imagine black dots left/right or above/below letter, shifting back and forth mentally and physically.
- Gaze at tiny text or microprint in a relaxed way before and during reading.
- Do not hold your breath while you read. Breathe rhythmically.
- Do not stare or try and see a whole sentence or phrase at once (diffuse). Blink and centralize.
- Do not frown while you read. Catch your facial muscles straining and consciously relax them.
- Do not read through half closed eyelids. Keep eyes open normal. Use a slot reader.
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