Day 8 - Steady Gaze, Still Mind
... and meditation is a tool for calming the mind. Many people who are new to meditation (and even some who aren't) think they're not good at it because their mind wanders. But that's the most important part of the practice—recognising that the mind has wandered and re-focusing.
Today's session is the meditation practice of trataka or 'steady gazing'. This is a seated meditation and you'll need an object on which you can focus. My favourite object? A candle flame. However, I've also used flowers (particularly gerberas), sea shells, crystals, or for something different, a geometric design.
- Back problems
- Knee or hip problems, or both
Don't use a candle flame if you are epileptic or have any problems with strobing, flickering or very bright lights.