Meditation question

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Meditation question

Postby sangyey » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:33 pm

Hi,

I am just wondering if it is okay to meditate with your eyes closed? I recieved instructions on meditation where I was instructed to leave them half open but I find for such things as loving-kindness meditation I prefer eyes-closed. I am just wondering is that's okay?

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Re: Meditation question

Postby bodom » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:44 pm

Of course its ok. If you find yourself becoming sleepy with eyes closed just open them as usual. Find and use what works best for you.

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Re: Meditation question

Postby Goofaholix » Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:16 am

It's much more common to meditate with your eyes closed, though eyes open can be a good antidote for sleepiness.

The trouble with the eyes half open idea is that it takes a bit of attention to maintain the eyelids just right, attention that would probably be better put on the meditation object.
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Re: Meditation question

Postby sangyey » Mon Apr 26, 2010 3:19 am

Thank you.
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Re: Meditation question

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:11 am

Greetings,

Goofaholix wrote:The trouble with the eyes half open idea is that it takes a bit of attention to maintain the eyelids just right, attention that would probably be better put on the meditation object.

Agreed. Also, if you've got your eyes closed, the question of (the volitional act of) blinking is taken out of the equation which is good (unless of course you specifically want to observe it).

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