During my doctoral training, I learned that the human eyes were previously positioned more laterally (on the sides of the face). As we evolved, our eyes became more 'fixed' on the front of our faces, and on what lies directly in front of us (a similar concept occurs during fetal development):
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
”That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
”I don’t much care where â”
”Then it doesn’t matter which way you go. ”
— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Similar to Alice, it's tough to understand what your next move is in life if you cannot see what lies directly in front of you - the present. Now. True reality. Your current state of being. If you can't understand this concept, you create a sort of 'mismatch' between the physical self and the mental self. As a physiologist and wellness coach/consultant, this also why a lot of my former clients, no matter how much they attempted to change physical behaviors without accepting reality and changing their mentality, were initially unsuccessful at achieving their wellness goals.