Hey, there! Dr. Alan Christianson here, and this is how you can reset your mind if you cannot meditate. There has been a lot of talk about the benefits of meditation; however, a lot of people try various techniques, and their minds just don’t stop. They cannot sit still, get frustrated and find it’s counterproductive. It’s a valid goal to calm the mind, but sometimes, the common approaches do not work for everyone. Even simple things, like mantra-based meditations, are sometimes just too much of a struggle and more stress than they are worth. I’m going to talk about a very different approach.
This approach is based on a yogic technique, called Trataka, which involves using visual focus. It’s also paced in an intentional way to keep the busy mind more occupied than common techniques. So, we are going to find a fixed point, ideally something on the horizon, but at least something more than ten feet away. Where I am right now, I will be looking at a point on a rock, off in the distance. We hear about “seeing the big picture”, and there is relative truth to that metaphor. When our vision is always myopic (close in), it narrows the possibilities of our thinking. So, it’s good when we see things on a larger scale, as we spend so little time looking beyond what is right in front of us. If you are inside a room, the far corner of the room will work. If you can see outdoors or be outdoors, then find a distinct point far away. That is going to be the frame of visual focus.