Tratak is an ancient meditation that can help you decrease stress, anxiety, anger, and frustration. It brings clarity of mind, stopping random, hurtful thought processes.
We are all walking around with so much stress and anxiety. There are tons of thoughts running through our mind, pressure to be a certain way, get a certain amount of things done, and measure up to what is cool. It is so hard for us to settle ourselves down enough to enjoy life, let alone be able to sleep, laugh, or play. Meditation seems daunting. That doesn’t work for me, many of us think without really trying.
However, we know meditation works, and it has worked for thousands of years. If you’re just starting out, here is a perfect meditation to try. It is called Tratak meditation. It is easy. Perfect for a beginner! There are three ways of doing Tratak that I have experienced.
1. Gaze at an object
A candle flame is most often used since it symbolizes the light in our spirit. But you can use a dot, a figurine, or a mandala. Stare at it until your eyes begin to tear. Then close your eyes and see the candle light in your mind’s eye until it fades. Repeat at least ten times. Try the Tratak Guided Meditation.
2. Gaze into a partner’s eyes
The eyes are windows to the soul and making eye contact can increase connection and feelings of love. Most importantly it builds trust and confidence. Remember to meet the other’s eyes when clinking glasses in a toast, shaking hands, and listening to someone. This conveys the same connection and trust. It builds relationship and is only in relationship that we can open to our soul’s potential.
3. Gaze at yourself in a mirror
This is a great way to build self love. I had a client recently tell me of her newest revelation: She can now look into a mirror without wanting to “punch her reflection in the face.” Her self hatred used to be that intense and now it is transferring to “self like” on its way to the mother load: Self love. If you are looking to calm your anxiety, practice this daily. (Anxiety is a lack of trust in oneself.)
If you practice Tratak meditation you will notice an increase in concentration and confidence, an elevation in mood, an improvement of your patience, and solidifying of trust in yourself and the world. It can improve your physical eyesight, but will definitely improve your spiritual eyesight. You can do it for 2 minutes or 30 minutes, so don’t be afraid to try. Doing it for a short time is exponentially better than not doing it at all. The benefits will prove it is worth the efforts.
How Does it Work?
from Eternity Yoga
The light emitted from a flame is taken in by the eyes and generates energy. The lens of the eye concentrates the light and heat energy of the flame onto the retina, and conducts the light and energy through the optical nerves to the lobes at the rear of the brain. This energy that has entered through the eyes now increases energy in the Pineal gland and increases and improves its function.
The Pineal gland is located at the back of the head and feeds on light and heat energy. It is the only gland receptive to light, even though it is encased in bone. The Pineal gland is known as the “Third Eye” and converts light into the electromagnetic energy responsible for the entire body’s glandular system. Flooding the Pineal gland with light stimulates its development and functioning. This allows the opening of the “Third Eye” and the ensuing feeling of bliss.
Hindu scriptures say that the practice of Tratak develops the faculties of greater intuition and that the past, present and future all begin to appear with equal clarity.
Try it for one minute right now and then tell me how it goes!