chickenman wrote:just curious... some meditation techniques will suggest the meditator keep his eyes opened, focusing on an object, while other techniques suggest the eyes be kept closed. i'm looking for some insight as to why this is and what is the benifit of one over the other.
it is my (limited) experience that with the eyes open it is harder to calm the monkey mind. it would seem logical that the less sensory input one would have to process, the easier it would be to combat distractions. it's hard enough to deal with distracting sounds, let alone processing the distracting images that come from opened eyes. or do i have this all wrong?
PadmaVonSamba wrote:What I do is, if I notice that my eyes are open, I close them and if i notice they are closed I open them.
TeeFah wrote:Hello _/\_
I have seen everyone say everything about this issue x'3 One master say eyes closed, other master say eyes open...In the end it's just confusion left, not really helpful to meditate !
So, why not consider it in the middle then: if more comfortable eyes open, then open eyes. If more comfortable the countrary, then let's do the countrary.
When I meditate I don't really know eyes open/closed. This is my body's buisness, not my mind. Usually when I begin it's eyes closed, but the more long and deep the meditation become, the more they open. But I don't "see" the room or anything, so it's not distracting, because when meditate we have to work on our mind and not on our bodies.
Eyes open can be not good when there is agitation, for example when I meditate eyes open I don't see what happen around me, but a quick movement from a cat or someone entering the door can destroy instantly my focus, as my eyes will be instinctively attracted to the source of the sudden change.
I guess this happen because I am not yet very good For someone that totally have focus or control over instinct and body, it must not be a hindrance.
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