The Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation

How does the Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation Work?

Today I would like to share with you a meditation that I often use to center my self, by balancing my thoughts and emotions. This is done so that we can see more clearly with and without our vision. To begin, close your eyes and take a few slow deep breath’s in and then out…in and then out. Relax. Breathe in deeply once more from the pit of your stomach, hold for a few seconds, and as you breath out open your eyes. Now you are reflecting on your surroundings with your eyes open and aware of all that is going on around you. Simply observe without judgement. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes open reflection, however you can do this part of the meditation for as long as you see necessary.

The next step is to breath in deeply from the pit of your stomach, hold for a few seconds and then breath out as you close your eyes. Relaxing and being completely in the moment, you begin to observe your other senses minus your sight. What do you smell? How do you feel? What do you see without seeing? Let your thoughts and feelings flow naturally during this stage of the meditation. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes closed reflection, but you can do this for as long as you feel necessary.

Now we will begin the next step by breathing in deeply once again. after holding for a few seconds you breath out and open your eyes once more. Begin to observe your surroundings once again. How does it feel to see after having your eyes closed for some time? What thoughts cross your mind as your eyes are open and observing all that is around you? Remember to relax and simply observe. We recommend 30 seconds to 3 minutes of eyes open reflection, however you can do this part of the meditation for as long as you see necessary.

From here we will take another deep breath in and hold for a few seconds. As you breath out close your eyes once more and really focus on your thoughts. Focus on your feelings. How do you feel? Do you notice a difference when your eyes are open as opposed to being closed? Is your view of the world changing as you participate in this form of meditation? Take a final deep breath in and then release your breath as you open your eyes to continue your day. Or you can simply decide to keep your eyes closed and remain in thoughtful meditation. You should now feel more calm and centered than before.

 

As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality. Adi Shankara

 

My Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation Experience

My eyes are open and I see…

My eyes are open. I am seeing, observing. Energy is being drawn in as I observer the light, movement, and vibrations all around me. My energy is also being drawn out as I analyze objects with my eyes, my attention is focused. Thoughts are passing through my mind about the nature of reality and the things that I can see. I am interpreting different shapes and spectrum’s of light. Physical reality is open to me as I passively observe. My eyes are open and I see…

My Eyes are closed and I feel…

My eyes are closed. Outer influence has no effect on me. My thoughts are my own and the influence of physical reality has no bearing here. I am am limitless and I am free. Focused are my thoughts without the nuisance outside distractions influencing me. I am what I am, I am all that is me. Everything has a connection that I can clearly see without seeing. Everything is connected and I feel this…know this, even without sight. No, especially without my sight. My energy is neither flowing in or out as I am contained within the wholeness of me. My Eyes are closed and I feel…

 

Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery. Amit Ray

 

My Take: Eyes Open, Eyes Closed Meditation

Thank you for taking the time to read about our eyes open, eyes closed mediation. I hope you enjoy your experience of the eyes open, eyes closed meditation. Remember this experience is always free. You can perform this particular meditation as many times as you like and whenever you see fit. All we ask is that you please share this valuable meditation with friends and family so that they may benefit from this practice as much as you have. As always, all the best to you and yours.

 




 

 



Isolation Tank Therapy

What is an Isolation Tank?

Developed in 1954 by John C Lilly, an isolation tank is a large pod or a small room that is both light proof and sound proof. The pod or room also known as a tank, is filled with epsom salt and warm water which creates buoyancy, allowing you to float on top of it. The water is very close to the temperature of your skin so it is relaxing and feels very comfortable. Floating on the water provides your body with the needed support while helping you to feel weightless, allowing you to relax more deeply than you normally would. The absence of light and sound also enhance your experience by giving you clarity of thought, something that can be hard to find from the over stimulation of senses in every day life. An Isolation Tank is also known as, flotation tank, sensory deprivation tank, sensory deprivation chamber, sensory deprivation flotation, or simply float therapy.

 

“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” Moises Arias

What to expect from an Isolation Tank

If it is your first time using an isolation tank be sure to arrive a few minutes early so that you can be given a proper orientation. This should include a breakdown of the tank, how it works, and the potential experience you will be having. To begin the flotation, you will need to undress and take a quick shower with the use of soap and shampoo before entering the tank. You can chose to float with a swim suit or naked as the flotation experience is private. Next you step inside and close the door behind you. This may be a little scary at first with no light or sound, but you will soon become acclimated to your surroundings and realize there is nothing to be afraid of as the experience is actually quiet enjoyable. Some people prefer using earbuds to prevent water from entering their ears and / or to completely shut out any potential noise occurring outside of the chamber. You float weightlessly for about an hour (longer if preferred) until you hear a knocking on the door acknowledging your float session has ended. Your finish the process by taking another shower to remove any epsom salt that may still be on your body and get dressed. You are given the option of ending the experience by drinking a cup of warm tea or water which can help to bring you fully back into your surroundings. The relaxed sensation you feel from the flotation should stay with you throughout the rest of the day, the mental benefits should last much longer.

 

Benefits of an Isolation Tank

There are many benefits associated with the experience of an isolation tank. Here are a few of the benefits that I have experienced from my several trips to the flotation tanks in my city.

 

  • Deep Relaxation
  • Stress Release
  • Calm Mind
  • Speeds up the process of natural healing
  • More at peace with myself and surroundings
  • Letting go is much easier
  • Centered Feeling
  • Less pain
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Increased Flexibility
  • More laid-back and carefree attitude
  • Out of Body Experience
  • and much more

 

 “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris

 

My Thoughts on Isolation Tanks

Floating has been a tremendously positive experience for me and can be for you too. Aside from all of the benefits listed above, I feel like a more complete person, ready to take on just about anything after a nice relaxing float. If I was to suggest some things for a first time floater, my recommendation would go something like this…

You will probably want to abstain from taking caffeine or alcohol the day before your float as doing so can help to enhance your flotation experience. Personally, I avoid eating breakfast that morning of a float because a heavy stomach is not the best feeling while floating in water. Instead, I choose to go out and each lunch after my flotation is complete. That’s not to say you can’t eat before a float, I just wouldn’t recommend doing so at least one hour before your session. Now, if you must eat before your float I recommend eating something light like fruit, or a small salad.

Ultimately, sensory deprivation tanks are a good way to relax and clear your mind. I recommend everyone give it a try at least once and decide for yourself if isolation tanks are right for you.

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Sources:
Isolation Tank Wikipedia

 

The Many Benefits of Meditation

What is meditation?

Meditation is an ancient tradition that has been practiced since the early stages of human kind. There are many different types of meditation that provide many different benefits to both mind and body. Meditation most often consists of relaxing the body and opening up the mind to induce different states of consciousness not normally experienced through your normal everyday activities. Many different religions from all around the world practice different forms of meditation such as reflection, contemplation, mantras, and even some forms prayer.

 

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

How does meditation work? How do I meditate?

To begin your meditation it is recommended you find a comfortable position. Lying down on your back, sitting in a chair, on the floor in a cross leg position or simply standing are all good positions for meditation. Whatever position you choose, make sure you back is straight and avoid slouching as this can affect your meditation.

Once you are comfortable in your chosen position, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathe. Breath in slowly and deeply bringing the air into the lower part of your stomach, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out. On the breathe out you should also hold for a few seconds before breathing in again. After a few breaths you should find a nice rhythm and can now release the focus on your breath and turn it instead onto your intention for the meditation. This can vary from relaxation, to focusing in on emotional states such as love, anger, happiness, or you can simply enjoy the ride and go with the flow of where you mind takes you. The important part here is to retain focus on your intention by avoiding the urge to go to sleep or let your mind wander aimlessly as it often does during normal wakeful hours. If you find yourself doing this that is okay, simply redirect your attention on to your desired focus and continue breathing.

 

“Meditation is meeting eternity in the present moment. It is resolving every problem as it comes. It is resolving every tension as it creeps in. It is facing the challenges of life in a non-fearful way.” ~Vimala Thakar

The Many Benefits of Meditation

The list of benefits from meditation are many, and have been proven medically. Benefits of meditation can vary from person to person as each practitioner is different in their approach. However some basic benefits from meditation are…

 

  • Increased attention span
  • Improved brain function
  • reduced stress / reduced aging
  • Release what is holding you back / fears
  • Increased immunity which helps to fight diseases
  • deeper appreciation for life
  • helps you to feel more grounded
  • Deeper feelings of contentedness
  • Makes you a happier person
  • Increased empathy and compassion
  • Helps you relax, providing you with good restful sleep

 

“When you have achieved a state of deep meditation, you unlock the door to your subconscious mind. That is where the power to create the life you desire lies.” ~Adrian Calabrese

 

Always remember that meditation is not some practice that is rigid and set in stone. You create your own meditation space and gain your own personal experiences from meditation. I have a private space set aside just for meditation purposes where I can light candles, Incense, and play music which helps to get me in the right frame of mind and set the mood. It’s all about personal preference. You can meditate for 5 minutes or 5 hours at a time, it is completely up to you. Just relax, breathe deep, and enjoy your alone time…with you!

 

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Sources:

Wikipedia Meditation

Zen Habits Meditation Guide

Live and Dare Benefits of Meditation

25 Amazing Quotes to Inspire your Meditation Practice

 

The Wim Hof Breathing Method

Who is Wim Hof?

Born April 20, 1959, Wim Hof is the official holder of 21 Guinness World Records! One of his most famous World Records includes the Ice Endurance feat which placed Wim shoulder deep in ice for 1 hour and 52 minutes. Through the practice of his various techniques Wim Hof has been able to stand the extreme colds of Mount Everest without a shirt, to running a marathon through the harsh heat of the Namib desert with no water. It is performing such feats under extreme conditions like these that have eared Wim the title of “The Iceman”. And by perfecting his method of breathing it is believed that you can accomplish the same.

 

“What I am capable of – everybody can learn.” Wim Hof

What is the Wim Hof Method?

Much like the Yogic technique of Pranayama breathing or the Tummo meditation, the Wim Hof method is a particular style of breathing that has been proven to boost your immune system and give you the ability to withstand harsh physical conditions.

 

“Unless you are willing to experience new things, you’ll never realize your full potential.” Wim Hof

 

The basic idea behind the method is controlled hyperventilation. First get into a comfortable position such as cross legged or lying down on your back… now get then ready to breath! You begin the Wim Hof method by breathing in and out deeply and at a rapid pace for a certain number of breathes. 30 plus is recommended. Once that is complete, you breathe out completely so little to no air is left in your lungs. This is held for as long a period of time as you feel comfortable. When you feel like you can not hold this any longer, you take a deep breath in filling your lungs with oxygen. Your breathe is then held for about 10 to 20 seconds before you release and repeat. At this point you have completed one full cycle of the Wim Hof breathing method. Wim recommends you do this cycle at least 3 times to get the full benefit of the practice.

 

“If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible.” Wim Hof

 

It is important to note that this is the very basic form of the Wim Hof method, and that Wim offers an online course over many weeks that will properly teach you the basic and advanced forms of this technique. For more information on these advanced breathing techniques you can click here. Please note I am currently not receiving any compensation for this. However I have practiced the Wim Hof Method for a while now and am a firm believer in its many benefits. I would encourage you to do the same if you feel it is right for you. I hope this information was helpful to you and wish you the absolute best in your journey. If you are already a practitioner of the Wim Hof method or have any questions on the topic, please feel free to comment below. As always… Be well family!

 

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Sources:
Wim Hof Method
Iceman Wim Hof
Super Human Health
Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman