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Hello people. Can you meditate with your eyes open. I dont like much have the eyes closed
Nope. I can't meditate with my eyes open. They dry out.But my Zen teacher said he actually recommends keeping your eyes open.So, its a personal choice, really.
Do you not even blink? Cause if you don't, that's sure to cause dry eyes, but if you let them blink when they wish to, it should be OK.
In Zen meditation, we sit with our eyes open. This means that your eyes should not be wide open and they should not be closed, but somewhere in between. You shouldn't be staring at anything your eyes should be relaxed. The eyes can be softly focused or out of focus or somewhere in between. Basically, your eyes should be opened enough to allow some light in. The gaze of the eyes should looking downward at about a 45 degree angle so your gaze comes to the floor about 2-3 feet in front of you. When gazing downward, keep your face straight ahead so that if your eyes were wide open you would be looking straight ahead. Only your gaze is cast downward, not your head. When we sit together in the zendo, we bow to our cushions and away from our cushions before we sit down. If we are already sitting and someone comes to sit in one of the places next to us, we bow with them when they bow to their cushion. So one way I check to see if my eyes are open wide enough, and if I am present, is if I can see the movement of the person getting ready to bow next to me so I can join them in their bow. Having the eyes open, whether we actually "see" anything or not, helps keep us grounded in the present and helps us keep from falling asleep. http://www.intrex.net/chzg/posture.htm
I personally like to meditate with eyes half-open. Fully-open dries them out, whereas closed actually makes my mind wander MORE and I feel sleepier. My reasoning is that with eyes half-open, I am not trying to shut out the world, but rather just "be" in it, peeling wallpaper and all.
I prefer to keep my eyes open (not even half closed). With closed eyes my mind will start to create and follow stories, so to make it a bit easier I keep them open. A nice meditation experiment IMO is to be very aware of all the physical sensations (sight, smell, sound, touch, taste) without attaching any story to them, and for doing that you obviously keep your eyes open.
Beginners eyes open is easiest.Intermediate eyes closed.Advanced eyes open again.
I was taught that you should, but I can't, so I don't. </blockquote