Meditation And The Eyes
March 6, 2010
I used to think without thinking that my eyes had to be closed in order to withdraw from sight or to pull back from visual stimuli with the intent to meditate. At first, this seemed to work, immediately giving me a dark backdrop much like a green-screen for my mind’s imagination to roam freely and fluidly in synch with the desired effect of my introspection. But it didn’t take long before I began to question this, suddenly feeling uncomfortable with shutting my eyes. Sometimes my meditations brought about such epiphanies that my eyes shot open in wonderment, and I wanted the workings of my mind to operate equally successfully in a biological awake state, meaning I wanted to feel more aware and awake, with eyes open.
Trying it, I immediately found it was easy. I would focus on the area just in front of my eyes, about an inch and a half from my face. As soon as I did this, it felt like I was disabling my vision, shutting off my eyes while still keeping them open and being aware of my general visual surroundings on a lower level without being distracted by them. I made my visual backdrop with eyes open just as distracting as the dark backdrop with eyes closed, and could meditate while feeling naturally more aware and awake.
Now I have an option to either keep my eyes open or to shut them, whereas in the past I would only rely on closing my eyes. Either way, concentration is the goal, and I’ve learned more about liberating myself from visual stimuli both inward to the eye and outward by ceasing to look.