Central Fixation of the mind

Recently, I’ve been practicing central fixation of the mind.  In other words, do one thing at a time best.  Instead of doing one thing and thinking of something else, I have been attempting to focus on the task at hand.  It sounds obvious, but I invite you to pay attention to your habits for a week or so to experience it for yourself.  How often do you do something with half your thoughts somewhere else?  It can be as simple as showering and letting the mind worry about the day ahead rather than just enjoying the warm water and sound of it trickling down.  Or it may be writing a report and thinking about other work tasks (or even non-work related tasks).

As a result of improving the central fixation of my mind, I managed to do something I rarely do – my vision was better AFTER working on my thesis than before!  I managed this by doing two things, both of which I got from a life coach blogger.  I found his blog a few days ago and find it a really useful.

Here’s an article that helps with central fixation of the mind:


I found another article that helped me a lot.  It’s a bout reading, and he suggests pointing the finger along the text (among other useful suggestions).  I had remembered previous successes on my computer by following my mouse cursor.  If there is something moving along the text, the eye is attracted to the movement, and I found it easier to focus on what I was reading best.  I noticed that my attention for what I was reading was very strong and this was a big part of maintaining good vision while working:


The author of the blog (Scott) is running for a blogging gig that is decided by vote.  As a thank you to him for these articles, I’d like to help him out, will you help me with this?  I’m voting for him every day here:


and I invite you to do the same.  It’s just one click, no registration required.  If you have multiple devices, you can vote from each one, each day (until 10 Dec).  Check out his blog, if you find it useful, share it with friends that you think might like it as well.    It is pretty exciting to see the number of votes going up each day.  I find blogging is an excellent way to help people – that’s why I really identify with this guy’s dream to get sponsorship for it and am hoping to help him win.


2 thoughts on “Central Fixation of the mind

  1. Hello
    Yes, centralization of the mind is a difficult thing. I’m not overly good at multitasking, but I do know that I get easily sidetracked in my actions and in my thoughts, unless it seems if I am thinking negative thoughts – its seems quite easy to fixate on those unfortuneately.
    I have a few questions.
    1) When I practice on the
    snellen card using one eye at a time, instead of using my hand to cover the one eye, is it Ok to use a patch instead? I find that its quite uncomfortable keeping my hand up there.
    2)When you talk about clearing a line on the chart is it very sharp or just that you can make out the letters quite easily? Sorry, I think I may have asked this question before.
    3)In regards to the video on centralization using the bottle to look through, I’m assuming that when Bates talks about seeing one part clearly that its smaller than what a person would see through a bottle, that the video was just using that to help a person understand the whole idea better? If it is that big of an area, then I’ve misunderstood.
    That’s it for now. Thanks.

    • hi Zanna,

      start thinking of central fixation as easy 🙂 it will help you. Don’t multi-task, just do one thing at a time, and feel it get easier to finish tasks.

      1. It’s ok to use a patch. Meir had us use oversized plastic frame glasses. On the ‘seeing’ side, the lense was removed. On the ‘patched’ side, the lens was taped over black. This leaves the peripheral vision of the ‘patched’ eye open to light. Wave your hand on that side to stimulate the peripheral vision of the patched eye while you are looking with your other eye.

      2. When I say I clear a line on a chart I always mean that I can correctly identify at least half the letters. Sometimes they become very sharp, but other times they are still a little bit blurry.

      3. The bottle was just a demonstration. The area seen best in reality should be much smaller than the opening of the bottle. What the video demonstrated well was that the periphery should be seen worse than the central vision. Dr. Bates said there is no known limit to our ability to centralize. The smaller the area seen best, the better the vision.


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