Author Topic: Eye "position"  (Read 1471 times)

frepi

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Eye "position"
« on: December 12, 2008, 02:56:31 PM »
I noticed that, even though I meditate with closed lids, the quality of my concentration is influenced my my eyes "position". If I "look" downward and "focus" at what feels like 1 m, I am more awake and focused. If I let my eyes go in their sleep position (at least that is how I feel it), I go in the daydream mode much more easily. has anyone ever noticed that?

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Re: Eye "position"
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2008, 05:34:58 PM »
There is quite an art to finding the mid point to meditation technique whereby it is not so tight you are suppressing thoughts and not so loose you are getting caught up in them. If you try and hold yourself too tight during sitting this can turn into a form of self hypnosis - whereby one does not consciously have thoughts but is using huge amounts of energy to maintain this position. This does not lead either to calm-abiding or to insight. On the other hand getting caught up in long strings of thoughts all the time makes the meditation less effective, feel like a drag and even irritating which - as you rightly say can be a drag.

You mention sitting with your eyes closed. A good technique to try is to sit with your eyes open and with your gaze focussed on a point on the floor about three feet in front of you. A running mind can be encouraged by having your eyes closed. If your mind is wandering too much you can bring your gaze more towards you and tighten up the technique by doing so. If you are falling asleep you can do the opposite and raise your gaze higher.

Dear Frepi

What you are reporting seems related to this.

In the Dhamma,

Matthew
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