eye comfort. Close the eyes and note how they feel. Are they tense? Dry? Burning? Is there movement? Think of the hollows which surround the eyes. Are the eyes comfortable in their sockets? Consider what might do the eyes good in their present condition and choose from the following. For removing tensions, think "let go," or "loose" during exhalations. Also, the following should be thought or imagined during exhalations. To counteract dryness, imagine the eyeball swimming in a warm saline bath. For calming disturbing movements, think "calm and still," "a calming palm cups my eye," or "dark and comfortable." During inhalations, on the other hand, think "cool air streams through my eyelids," or "light and cool," or use both phases of the breathing rhythm by thinking for burning eyes "moist" during exhalations and "cool" during inhalations, or imagine the eyes "floating ..." during exhalations, and add "... in cool water" during inhalations.
Sit back comfortably and work slowly. Exhale gently and close the eyes. Feel coolness gently streaming up the nose during inhalation. Exhale gently and relax the tissues around the cheekbones and above the eyes. Permit the eyes to move under the closed lids. Relax completely during a deep exhalation. Imagine during an inhalation that the inhaled air streams in through the closed eyelids, and think "my eyes are getting cool." Relax with an exhalation and repeat. Feel the forehead widen and expand above the eyes during inhalation. Relax during exhalation. Repeat. Sit back, relax for a moment, and allow the breathing to resume its natural rhythm.
Follow the above routine as close as possible, and incorporate whatever feels best from the following list of thoughts to be used during inhalations and exhalations respectively. The items in the two columns are interchangeable according to individual needs. Use any or all.
Thoughts During Inhalations My eyes are getting cool. My eyeballs shrink.
The space inside my forehead expands. My eyes feel light.
The space between my eyelids and my eyeballs increases. My eyesockets expand. My eyelids become light and thin. My eyelids float. The visual center in the back of my head seems refreshed. The top of my head seems to become wide and open.
Thoughts During Exhalations
My eyes are getting warm.
The pressure around my eyes feels relieved.
The space behind my eyes seems to enlarge.
Moisture fills the space between my eyelids and my eyeballs. My eyeballs are floating. My eyelids become soft and warm. My eyes sink back softly. My eyes become very relaxed. My chest and abdomen relax comfortably.
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